Luke Dewing

Luke Dewing

Crop Technician

Luke’s job title is Field Technician at the John Innes Centre

What I do

I work on the frontline of plant science, and it feels great to be outdoors and in nature. In my role, I assist scientists by growing their experimental crops out in the field, with the aim to improve drought resistance, crop yield, and resistance to pests and diseases.

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What I love most about my job

I really enjoy driving the combine harvesters. We got a brand new one last year which I’ve been driving, and it has a lot of new kit on it - it weighs all the grain as it comes through, takes moisture readings, and logs it all on an onboard computer. It’s very high tech!

The best bits about working in a team

I’m part of a small team with a manager, a team leader and three members of staff. I really enjoy teamwork, but it's only a part of what I do. A lot of my job is solitary, so I spend about 80 per cent of my time on my own, but we meet up every morning to discuss the plans for the day. I don’t mind working on my own - I get a lot of time to listen to music!

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