Launched by Hutchinsons, TerraMap revolutionises the way in which soil nutrient mapping is currently undertaken in the UK - setting a new standard for accuracy in precision agriculture.
Today’s precision farming requirements demand greater accuracy and currently UK growers do not have access to a high definition soil scanning system – until now, says Hutchinsons precision technology manager, Oliver Wood.
H.L. Hutchinson Ltd recently hosted two workshops on the use of the apple and pear thinning product Brevis, one in Ledbury, Herefordshire and the other at their Canterbury, Kent depot.
Rob Saunders, horticultural project manager at H.L.Hutchinson Ltd, by way of introducing the workshop, said: "You could argue that for apple growers thinning has now become the most difficult and the most important decision of the year. This is particularly true of varieties like Gala, bearing in mind the very specific size ranges now demanded by the multiple retailers."
The imminent loss of chlorothalonil, combined with regulatory and resistance pressure on other actives, heightens the need for farmers to explore alternatives at the important flag leaf spray timing.
Before chlorothalonil is lost from the fungicide armoury, growers are being advised to try out replacement T2 strategies designed around their own varieties, disease pressure and farming system.
The flag leaf spray is arguably the most important wheat fungicide timing, as it protects the top two leaves, which contribute around two-thirds of final yield.
Chlorothalonil is a core component of an increasing number of T2 programmes, and will remain so for this season at least, but Hutchinsons technical development director David Ellerton says growers should try alternatives in preparation for when it is no longer available.
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.
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.
Novel technologies are being put into field trials to assess their value for growers. CPM finds out what it aims to achieve and gets an insight from the host of the project’s Technology Development Farm.
Focusing on key areas of innovation and technology Hutchinsons Helix project will act as a central research hub, it is a unique collaborative project working with a number of established companies to integrate different technologies and systems, allowing the grower to fully benefit from innovation and decision support.