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John Clarke
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John Clarke

I have been working as an independent agronomist in East Anglia for over 30 years and prior to that worked for a specialist agrochemical distributor. I have a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture from Nottingham University and all relevant industry certifications etc.

I operate on a diverse range of farm sizes and soil types throughout Suffolk, North Essex and South Norfolk providing an in depth agronomy service on all combinable crops plus sugar beet, maize and vining peas with the sole remit of gross margin maximisation.

In 1987 I was a founder partner of Independent Agronomy, based in Stowmarket, a partnership which was dissolved in order to facilitate the formation of Apex Agronomy. I have served on the board of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants, and currently manage the UK trials operation of the AICC which generates data for use by its member agronomists only. I have participated on various HGCA project committees and have much experience in NVZ compliance.

 

Robert Hurren
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Robert Hurren

Having graduated from Reading University in 1993 with a BSc in Agricultural Botany, I spent 14 years working for a national Agrochemical Distributor in North East Suffolk. In 2008 I was offered the opportunity to take over an agronomy business from a retiring local Independent Agronomist which is where I am today. I am thoroughly enjoying the more 'hands-on' approach and diverse challenges that come with being an Independent Agronomist.

My working area covers North and Central Suffolk. I specialise in all combinable crops, sugar beet and vining peas.

 

Ruth
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Ruth Naudé

I have worked as an independent agronomist in East Anglia since 1997. I initially worked for Simon Draper and have taken on ownership of the business since his retirement.

I provide agronomic advice on combinable crops, sugar beet, vining peas & maize to clients across Suffolk and Norfolk. I am also an agronomist for the Maize Growers Association and ran their demonstration trials for seven years.

Having graduated from Wye College in 1994 with BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Economics, I then worked for two and a half years as a potato agronomist in Kent before returning to my home county of Suffolk.


 
John Tunaley
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John Tunaley

Having graduated in Agricultural Economics I started in the agrochemical industry in 1972.

I first came to East Anglia to join BASF in 1974, working as Technical Advisor for the region.  I moved across to my first independent agronomist post in 1979 when I joined United Farm Production, an arm of Framlingham Farmers.  Several of my clients then are still my clients, some 30 years later.  I became a member of the five strong team of agronomists working out of Stowmarket in 1986. 

My working area stretches from Downham Market in the North West to Harwich in the South East.

During my time as an agronomist I have seen the profession change from a chemical based advisory function to one that realises that the soil, its structure and its fertility are the key drivers to yield and profitability, a trend that is set to continue.



 
Mike Warner
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Mike Warner

I began my agricultural career as a working arable farm manager for an East Suffolk farming family and after 10 years in that role, diversified into agronomy which led to 8 years with a local agrochemical distributor.
 
I then set up Avocet Agronomy in 2005 having been approached by clients from a retiring AICC agronomist. I currently provide independent agronomy for clients in mid and east Suffolk on a range of arable crops. The business has evolved steadily over the past 6 years and I am currently Chairman of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants and have been involved at Board level for the last three years.
 
I specialise in all aspects of cereal, oilseed, sugar beet and pulse agronomy. coupled with this, I possess a sound working knowledge of everyday arable farm management which provides my clients with the confidence that assists their businesses to be run to maximum efficiency.

 
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 John Clarke

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Robert Hurren

Robert Hurren

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Ruth Naud�

Ruth Naudé

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John Tunaley

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 Mike Warner

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