How could a field lab benefit your business?
If you have an idea that could make your business more sustainable, you can get support and up to £10,000 in research funding to test it out.
You can set up your own ‘field lab’ with a group of likeminded farmers or, if you’re interested in one of the existing topics you can join and work together. There are groups all over the country looking at topics like min-till, creeping thistle control and improving soil health.
You’ll work on practical trials in the field, not the lab and on topics which are relevant to your business. This means rather than just reading about the results, you see the trial first-hand and can apply what you’ve learnt to your own farm.
You can also learn from the other field labs across the network, online and through a programme of events.
Work with like-minded farmers
You’ll be in a group with other farmers, working together to tackle challenges you all face. We provide a coordinator who does the legwork, meaning you can focus on the trial and benefit from the results.
Get reliable results
Your group will be working with a researcher from a top agricultural institution such as Rothamsted or Bristol University. This means you’ll have solid results and expert input that you can base your business decisions on.
Make the most of your findings
Last year, news about field labs reached an average 40,000 people per week through the farming press, so your findings have real influence. If your idea has legs, we can help you find more funding to further your research, just like the project on enhanced ranging for hens which received £500,000 this year from BBSRC.
As well as an increased yield worth £150-£250 per hectare in the trialled fields, being part of the compost
tea field lab allowed us access to invaluable scientific knowledge and sampling methods.
Sophie Alexander, Hemsworth Farm