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The Farm Platform provides a Research Hotel for agri-environmental research to attract 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 related to, for example:
› Replacement of N fertiliser with N-fixation by legumes - achieving a reduction in energy and GHG emissions for both environmental and economic reasons
The Farm Platform provides three farming systems consisting of five component fields comprising just over 20 ha in total per farmlet. All the water leaving individual fields is channelled through a flume (15 in total).
The underlying principle is to manage each of these farmlets differently and record the impact on water, air and soil. As a National Capability, we will provide the set of core data (see table) from across the Platform that will be available to all research users and collaborators. The main 'treatments' on the platform will be:
3D Spatial Modelling System
The Spatial Modelling System for North Wyke created by Anita Shepherd and Bruce Griffith, merges satellite imagery with LIDAR in a GIS together with sampled field parameters.
The video playlist below shows two clips. The first is a 51 second rotational view of the site, the second one is a 1m41s fly through.
Core data parameters
A publicly accessible Farm Platform Website will provide a portal to all activities relating to the National Capability. It will contain documentation, experimental calendars and details of protocols as well as information about how new studies can be initiated using the FP. The aim will be to create an active FP user community and keep them informed about progress and new opportunities for collaborative research. A data retrieval and analysis web site with user access controls will be developed which integrates all the data related to the FP and which will form the repository of data for access by the user community.
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Provides the research community access to a range of in situ state-of-the-art instrumentation in hydrologically isolated fields and farms to better address key issues in sustainable agriculture. More...
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These have been running since the mid 19th Century, provide a unique experimental system and archive of soil and plant samples. More...
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