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     Crop and 

    With over 20 years of experience running trials at Harper Adams University, we provide independent trials for both industry and support for our own students.

    An industry-class environment for academic research

    As a research centre, we provide the facilities and expertise that fuels the research carried out by academic staff in the crop and environment disciplines. Research carried out by staff here includes:

    • Sustainable production of food and non-food crops
    • Crop protection (including forecasting, diagnostics, biocontrol, novel forms of control and the implications for food and environmental safety)
    • Post-harvest quality
    • Efficient use of water by plants
    • The impact of production systems on biodiversity

    We also provide many of the crop demonstrations that underpin our degree programmes and continuing professional development training.

    Our facilities and equipment

    Along with access to the university’s farm, biotechnology laboratories, engineering workshops and national network of trial sites, our facilities and equipment include:

    • a purpose-built research building
    • walk-in cold storage
    • glasshouses
    • drying ovens
    • polytunnels
    • a range of trials-specific equipment and machinery

    Student Support

    Students are expected to complete an independent piece of research as part of their studies here. Whilst they can complete this on placement or on their own farms, many choose to use the facilities and expertise we have within the Future Farm team.  Students benefit from utilising the equipment we require to conduct research and commercial trials, along with the experience and expertise of the academic and technical staff.

    Commercial trials

    Commercial Cropping and Farm Operation trials are hugely important to us. As an independent company we guarantee to conduct unbiased research, ensuring that the results of any trial work published by us are the actual results.

    Due to our unique ability to draw on both academic and technical knowledge is a range of areas, we are able to grow almost any crop.

    We also hold an ORETO licence from the Chemical Regulatory Directorate allowing  test chemicals to be trialled.

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