Food and farm productivity
Food is essential to all we do. It provides the nutrients we need for energy, growth and maintaining a healthy life. Supplied through productive agriculture, the demand for food is ever increasing and it is therefore imperative not only that farms are operating at their optimum productivity with maximum care for the environment, but also that food supply chains are secure and robust.
RSK company ADAS has a leading reputation in the food and drink sector in the UK and is a recognised expert in these topics. Our experts’ applied research, knowledge transfer and exchange, and strategic and policy consultancy underpin the sustainable agricultural production and land management that secure our food and enhance the environment.
A trusted and influential name
Acquired by RSK in 2016, ADAS is the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy services with 75 years’ experience. ADAS approaches all of its projects from the viewpoint of making a difference to the two major issues of modern times: securing the food supply and enhancing the environment.
Within ADAS the soil, crops and water team work to help farms maximise their productivity as well as ensuring that the food supply chain is secure and reduces environmental impact. The team, largely composed of biologists, understand soils, crops, weeds, pests and diseases, and how they interact with plants. These technical skills interact with those of the policy and economics, and modelling and informatics groups to provide holistic and problem-solving solutions to clients.
In-depth knowledge of regulations
ADAS’ extensive history in the food and drink sector has given it an in-depth knowledge of production practice and the regulations that surround it. We provide each of our clients with a tailored approach that integrates the required regulatory compliance and best practice, whether that client is trying to build a greater market share, increase productivity or deliver its products as sustainably as possible.
Management of crops, soil, nutrients and organic material needs to be efficient while also protecting the environment. ADAS uses its knowledge and expertise to assist clients in achieving their goals, providing modelling, analysis, monitoring and advice wherever needed.
A wide umbrella of services
The capabilities of the soil, crops and water team, together with the full range of expertise in ADAS and RSK, are very wide ranging and cover all aspects of farming, from science to practice. In order to provide analysis and monitoring we deliver hardware, software and expertise for the digital capture of field data, thereby enabling measurements and observations to be recorded efficiently and accurately. We then combine this sound evidence with our practical knowledge to provide appropriate solutions.
Our expertise includes all crops (arable, horticulture and grass/forage), crop nutrition, crop physiology, water use and weed, pest and disease management. We know that healthy soil make healthy farms and include services looking into soil health; use and management; quality; resource evaluation and protection; and manufacture, remediation and storage. Our work is done at the field, farm, catchment and sector scales.
We work at the forefront of research into innovative methods in agriculture. An excellent example of this is the INNO-VEG project, a four-year international collaboration project that ADAS is leading in the UK and for which it is developing innovative methods to carry out research into field vegetable and potato crops
Holistic approach: Whole farm, whole system, whole supply chain
Although these services are primarily offered through eight sites in England and Wales, all ADAS’ experts are involved in global outreach and international projects and can utilise the vast RSK network when and where needed. As RSK always strives to provide a holistic solution for its clients, it can also combine this service with any of the others the group can offer, such as farm business advice.