Results of recent trials conducted by Hutchinsons prove that the use of Omnia Precision Agronomy results in yield increases and lower costs of production.
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), says Nick Strelczuk, precision technology specialist for Hutchinsons.
“Infact in some areas, this went up to 1.4t/ha or £240/tonne which is a significant increase - and was achieved with lower costs of production.”
“This is really exciting news for the industry as it is the first time that we have been able to prove the financial benefit of the features that using Omnia for variable rate applications offers to growers such as more even establishment and targeting inputs,” he says.
“Importantly, this comes at a time when the industry is being challenged with improving productivity in light of the imminent changes to support payments, whilst also demonstrating sustainability.”
Hutchinsons continues to invest heavily in all areas of research and development, and precision technology is a key part of agronomy for the future to ensure economic performance and environmental sustainability of agronomy advice.
As a result of this approach Hutchinsons has developed Omnia Precision Agronomy whichis a unique precision farming, cloud-based application that enables agronomists and growers to make precision crop management decisions, based upon all of the factors that as a matter of routine they would normally consider when managing their crops.
Omniaallows the user to overlay data on soil type, nutrient levels, slug levels, seed bed conditions and weed populations to derive optimum variable application plans. This ensures that every part of every field accurately receives the appropriate inputs to maximise productivity, whilst minimising environmental impact.
Key findings of Omnia Validation trials
Variable drilling using Omnia produces a more even crop establishment
Omnia produced increased yields up to 1.4t/ha, average yield increase was 0.6t/ha.
At a feed wheat price of £165/tonne this benefit is worth an average of £99/ha, and up to £231/ha
Using Omnia costs of production are lower and in this case by as much as £28/tonne