Technology and Research Platforms

Field Trials

As well as laboratories, we have a range of facilities on-site and at our nearby farm, that allow us to conduct field experiments in an agricultural situation.

On-site we have almost 3ha of growing space, which is currently home to our Phenospex phenotyping platform providing 24-hour laser scanning of plots grown in a farm environment.

Nearby, we own 110ha at Church Farm, Bawburgh, home to the Dorothea de Winton field station where we bring together lab and field research in one location to improve facilities for research in understanding how genes control plant growth in the field.

Approximately 20 hectares are used each year for field research on crop and non-crop plant species across Church Farm and at Morley through our collaborative arrangement with The Morley Agricultural Foundation.

Across the sites we offer all stages of plant breeding from pre-breeding projects to specific disease nursery assessments and yield trials, as well as;

  • Small scale field trials
  • Non-Crop trials
  • Tailored agronomy
  • Crop assessments (including drone imaging)
  • Phenotyping
  • Data capture
  • Irrigated trials
  • Assessment of efficacy of products on crops for research or marketing purposes

Field trials and nurseries can be tailored to individual requirements regarding plot size, agronomic inputs, irrigation, phenotypic assessments and/or selections, yield analysis and sample retention, providing support for innovative phenotyping processes and new technologies in an agricultural environment.

As well as working with scientists on the Norwich Research Park, we are available to anyone involved in crop research either academically or commercially, including agchem manufacturers.

Prices are available on a quote basis.

To enquire, email Darryl Playford about your requirements and goals. At least six months’ notice is generally required to allow for planning of fields and crop rotations.