Researchers from the James Hutton Institute are seeking arable and mixed farmers to help shape a new mobile phone app aimed at helping tackle on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Farmers are invited to attend a test-drive and workshop event on November 9, 2023, at Glensaugh research farm near Laurencekirk.

During the workshop, researchers from the James Hutton Institute will demonstrate the app prototype, which, alongside on-farm sensors, will estimate GHG emissions.

As well as this, it will point to ways to reduce and help store more carbon in arable and mixed systems, the institute said.

The event will also feature a discussion about the drivers and challenges of reducing emissions, a tour of Glensaugh – including the institute’s Climate-Positive Farming Initiative – and a talk about cutting carbon in arable farming from plant physiologist and soil scientist Prof Tim George.

Project leader Dr Jagadeesh Yeluripati said: “Our goal is to give farmers a way to identify practices that may effectively reduce their GHGs and also use their soil to store more carbon.

“This workshop is a unique opportunity to shape and improve this innovative technology.

“Together, we can identify the driving forces behind emissions, enhance usability and maximise its impact.”

The event on November 9 will run from morning to early afternoon and includes lunch. Farmers registering for the event will be paid travel expenses and compensated for their time.

The workshop is part of the Scottish government funded TRANSITION project.