The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ 2019 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, sponsored by Hutchinsons’ Omnia Precision Agronomy, is open for entries.
Entries are open to any Guild member who has had a feature about precision farming technologies in arable agriculture or horticulture published or broadcast between 1 August 2018 and 1 August 2019.
The award reflects the growing use and importance of precision farming technologies in growing crops, and the need for agricultural journalists to report on its intricacies and potential with clarity.There is a £1,000 prize for the winning article and £500 for the runner up, with the results to be announced at this year’s Guild Harvest Lunch in London on 17 October.
A team of Harper Adams University students has won Hutchinsons’ 2019 Cereals Challenge. Runner up Newcastle University won the company’s separate Environmental Challenge. The Royal Agricultural University was third.
Five colleges – Harper, Newcastle, Riseholme College, the Royal and Writtle University College – competed to grow the best virtual crop of spring barley while managing problematic blackgrass.
Mark Means is the winner of the second British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) Beet Yield Challenge, managing to deliver a winning yield of 109.7t/ha, achieving 97% of crop potential in what was a very challenging year.
The impressive yield was achieved in a season that saw crops being drilled later than usual followed by a summer drought.
Students competing in the 2019 Cereals Challenge have had to think on their feet and use integrated crop management to overcome agronomy challenges and the odd “curved ball” in efforts to take top honours when the winner is announced at the Cereals Event on 12 June.
A Norfolk farmer has revealed the secrets behind his award-winning crop of bread wheat - including using recycled sewage and newspapers to boost organic matter in his soil.
Alex Wilcox farms 250ha at Hill Farm at Stowbridge near Downham Market, part of the Norfolk County Farms estate, and he is also a senior agronomist for Hutchinsons, advising on 25,000 acres of land across the East of England.
He took first place in the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) milling wheat quality challenge with a crop of Crusoe which yielded 12.2 tonnes per hectare, with a protein level of 13.1pc.
Alex Wilcox who farms 250ha of cropping at Hill Farm near Downham Market and is also a full time agronomist for Hutchinsons, has taken first place in the YEN milling wheat quality competition with his crop of Group 1 milling wheat Crusoe.
Eastern region growers from three counties celebrated success at this year's recent AHDB Milling Wheat Conference – highlighting the importance of good links between farmers and millers to produce excellent quality bread for consumers.
An in-depth technical knowledge and a familiarity with fertiliser and pesticide products gained from Alex Wilcox’s parallel career as an agronomist helped him deliver the award-winning crop of milling wheat in the very challenging 2018 season.
THE winner of the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) wheat quality award went to Norfolk farmer and Hutchinsons agronomist Alexander Wilcox, who achieved 12.16 tonnes/hectare and the highest protein yield of 1.35t/ha with the variety Crusoe.