Technology and Research Platforms

Field Trials at Church Farm

As well as laboratories, glasshouses, growth facilities and technology platforms on-site, we also have a research farm, that allow us to conduct field experiments and trials in an agricultural situation.

On the outskirts of Norwich, Church Farm, Bawburgh is 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.

The farm is 110 ha in total and approximately 20 hectares are used each year for field research on crop and non-crop plant species across Church Farm. We also have access to trial facilities 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.