A new project has been launched which aims to look at how technologies can be linked with knowledge to deliver a greater level of advice to farm businesses in the UK.
Crop production specialists Hutchinsons has launched the Helix project. It will act as a central research hub bringing together all aspects of crop production through to field data and input measurement.
Technologies will include sensors and prediction software, soil management and analysis to environmental aspects such as surveillance and predictive systems, nutrition, input and new trait technologies.
Andrew and William Pitts of JW Pitts & Sons located at Mears Ashby and Whiston in Northamptonshire will host the project.
Mr Pitts said: “We are running over 1700 acres here and our aim is to be productive, efficient and ultimately profitable, otherwise we have no farm.
“The relationship with the agronomist in future will become more strategic and inclusive of whole farm advice. I see a future when we will spend much less time field walking and more time on strategic discussion about the farm and sustainability.
Work has already begun on the farm on areas such as climate and pest prediction, nutrition technology, variety trait work and environmental sustainability.
“We will aim to demonstrate these technologies by various means and not just the traditional farm open days. After all, this is about use and benefit of technologies, so technology will be used to demonstrate it, “ said Stuart Hill, Head of Technology & Innovation at Hutchinsons.
The project will focus on three key areas with aims to align new and old technologies, and evolving and developing these to improve crop management decisions.
More information on the Helix project can be found here