Utilising technology for grower benefit
Utilising technology for grower benefit’Helix is a farm-based research project investigating how new technologies and knowledge can be linked to enable agronomists to deliver the future of agronomic advice and benefits for farmers.
Helix brings together innovative and relevant techniques and technologies in agriculture into one central location, and tests them at farm-scale.
Helix promises to deliver invaluable insights to develop the future of agronomy and benefits in productivity, profitability and efficiency – it’s our most ambitious research project yet and the first of its kind in the UK.
Preparing for Change
Farm business profitability and environmental sustainability will become increasingly critical as we move through the next decade, requiring resource and a new management approach.
“The current agronomist and grower relationship will need to evolve if these challenges are to be met over the next 10 years, and utilising technology will be a significant part of this.
“Helix is an over-arching project, it’s about delivering our idea and vision of the agronomist and grower relationship in the future. We are in a new era and we are ready to embrace it completely.
“We are being exposed to a plethora of technologies such as data analytics, climate systems, machine learning, sensors, monitoring anddetection systems, autonomy and robotics. However, there is a need to evaluate which technologies are relevant and ultimately increase productivity and profitability, as well as efficiency, both for the grower and the agronomist. We need to be able to rationalise these technologies into a benefit for the grower.” – Stuart Hill, Head of Technology & Innovation
"There are loads of new technologies coming through. We should embrace it as it's how we're going to be farming in the future. Why don't we start now?"