Farm Open Day – Leeds

Come and learn about N8 AgriFood’s on-farm arable and soil health research and how it could help farmers and agribusinesses

About this Event

On Friday 21st June, farmers and agribusinesses are invited to “peek over the hedge” into an operational research farm near Leeds and have their say on where scientists should be focusing their efforts to support the future of agriculture.

Through N8 AgriFood, the University of Leeds is hosting an open day at its Headley Hall Farm facility, with a focus on arable and soil health. Plans for farming systems research will be discussed, as well as soil health and smart agri-systems. The day will conclude with a roast carvery and networking opportunities.


13:30 – 14:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE.


14:10 – 14:20 INTRODUCTION TO TOUR (Prof. Jonathan Leake)

14:20 – 16:25 TOUR

14:20 – 14:45 Re-integration of leys into arable farming to improve soil health (Prof. Jonathan Leake)

14:45 – 15:10 Towards an integrated approach to farming systems research (Prof. Les Firbank)

15:10 – 15:35 Introduction to the Soil, Plant, Environment Network (SPEN) of researchers at the University of Leeds (Dr Katie Field)

15:35 – 16:00 The University of Leeds Future Crops initiative (Dr Stefan Kepinski)

16:00 – 16:25 Smarter Farming Futures: the digital landscape, data and you (Prof. Lisa Collins)

16:25 – 17:25 ROAST CARVERY (vegetarian options available)

17:25 – 17:55 FACILITATED DISCUSSION (led by Prof. Jonathan Leake). Identifying areas where farmers and researchers can work together to co-develop projects to address key challenge areas in soil health and arable production.

17:55 – 18:00 CLOSE


Click HERE to register for this event.