Soil health and how to score it formed the focus of demonstrations and new activities seen at a number of events and distributor open days this summer.
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The article focuses on the value of using a robust fungicide programme and selecting varieties with good resistance, sharing Helen Brown, Stewart MacIntyre and Bob Bulmer’s key insights from the Carlisle RTC event.
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Projects addressing challenges around sustainability, output optimisation, crop nutrition and decision support were showcased at the first Helix technology experience in early June.
The projects form part of Hutchinsons' over-arching Helix research hub, based on-farm at J.W. Pitts & Sons' Moat Farm, Whiston, Northamptonshire.
The requirement for growers to be more transparent and to justify their practices will only increase, requiring resource and a new management approach – that was the core message from Hutchinsons Managing Director Andrew McShane to a group of visitors to the Hutchinsons Helix Project in June.
The Helix Project is a farm-scale research project looking at how new technologies can improve farm productivity, profitability and efficiency, and is being hosted courtesy of Andrew and William Pitts at JW Pitts & Sons in Northamptonshire.
Trial results that reveal how to increase yields and improve profitability will be available to discuss at this year's Hutchinsons stand at Cereals.
By comparing variably drilled wheat alongside a farm standard rate on spilt fields and taking them to yield, the statistically-valid work has proven that using Omnia Precision Agronomy can increase yields by an average of 0.6t/ha, worth £99/ha (based on wheat at £165/t). In this particular trial, costs of production were also reduced, by as much as £28/t, says Hutchinsons.
Terramap is a soil scanning and mapping service available exclusively through Hutchinsons and Omnia. Terramap will be launched at Cereals.
Visitors to the Hutchinsons stand at Cereals will be able to discuss the results of last autumn's Omnia validation trials, which proved for the first time the financial benefits of variable drilling using Omnia.
By comparing variably drilled wheat alongside a farm standard rate on split fields and taking them to yield, the statistically valid work has proven that using Omnia Precision Agronomy can increase yields by an average of 0.6t/ha, worth £99/ha (based on wheat at £165/t).
A unique research initiative is taking place on a Northamptonshire farm. Focusing on key areas of innovation and technology the Helix project will act as a central research hub.
The project will focus on all aspects of crop management from sensors and prediction software, soil management and analysis, through to field data and input measurement.
Hybrid wheats offer yield and grain-quality improvements over conventional wheat in terms of consistency and stability, and the opportunity to add in traits such as heat and drought tolerance or winter hardiness, says Stewart MacIntyre, Hutchinson's northern seed manager.
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Farm business profitability and environmental sustainability will become increasingly critical as we move through the next decade of change and uncertainty, requiring resource and a new management approach, says agronomy firm Hutchinsons.