The R&D farmlet
So, you have an idea for improving agriculture. Where can you test it?
The Farm Platform is a unique set-up, three different working ‘farmlets’ for testing agri-environmental ideas with state-of-the-art instrumentation in hydrologically isolated fields. The Farm Platform provides a Research Hotel for agri-environmental research, attracting researchers from different communities and disciplines to promote new ideas or tackle old problems in new ways. The Farm Platform is globally unique in that it can provide the research community access to a range of in situ state-of-the-art instrumentation in hydrologically isolated fields and farmlets to better address key issues in sustainable agriculture.
The Farm Platform provides three farming systems consisting of five component fields comprising just over 20 ha in total per farmlet. Each farmlet is managed differently and the impact on water, air and soil and livestock production recorded.