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Nuffield scholars learn about precision farming

Posted 21 February 2013

The scholars with Harper Adams staff and Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn

A group of Nuffield scholars visited Harper Adams University today to hear about the latest developments in precision farming.

The scholars have either chosen to base their reports on precision farming, or have a keen interest in the subject.

They heard presentations from Head of Engineering, Professor Simon Blackmore; Associate Head of Department, Head of Animal Health and Welfare, Dr Mark Rutter; and engineering Lecturer, Dr Sven Peets.

Harper Adams Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, said: “We were delighted to welcome the scholars to Harper Adams and to present some of the research we have been conducting into precision farming, both in terms of engineering and livestock.
 
“We hope they find their visit of value to their studies.”

Among the scholars was former Harper Adams student and second generation farmer, Tom Sewell who is investigating ‘Long term benefits of direct drilling/no-till’.

Speaking of the visit he said: “I am looking closely at using auto steer on our next tractor for drilling and no doubt will pick up some useful guidance.”

Also among the scholars was Andrew Williamson, Tamara Hall, Davina Fillingham and organiser, Jake Freestone.

Nuffield is an organisation that awards individuals with life changing opportunities that span their personal and professional lives, with a view to developing agricultural sector leaders and innovators of the future.

During the past 60 years, the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust has provided over 800 people – in agriculture, associated industries and the rural community - the chance to travel to expand knowledge and understanding.

To find out more, visit the Nuffield website. 

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