A UNIQUE “marriage” has been announced between agricultural consultants Hutchinsons and pharmaceutical giant Bayer and their respective precision farming platforms.
The collaboration will make the transmission, sharing and analysis of digital data faster and more efficient by using seamlessly merged data from Hutchinson’s Omnia and Bayer FieldView setups. This synchronized approach will enable a greater knowledge base and improved decision making.
Many farmers already use precision farming tools such as yield mapping, field records and weather forecasting, but cite the lack of communication between precision platforms as an obstacle to accessing and interpreting data. This leads to question marks in the strategic and tactical decisions of the farm management.
This new connection between two giants in the field will allow farmers to get more out of the data they are already generating, not just by improving crop management for optimized yields and yields, but also by shaping the farm strategy for a more sustainable business , they said. Week.
Bayer’s Max Dafforn said the collaboration was logical given the synergies between the two platforms. “Omnia’s precision agronomy tools combined with FieldView’s data collection make analyzing variable rate applications faster and more effective.
“Users effectively have streamlined data collection and the ability to quickly and accurately overlay yield data with application information for variable quantities. Farmers can use their data to create production cost maps in Omnia and make better management decisions. ”
Oliver Wood, an Ag Tech specialist at Hutchinsons, said the shared data will allow farmers to focus on key areas of agriculture. “The cloud synchronization of Omnia and FieldView data will help farmers visualize and analyze data more effectively and gain new insights into crop management strategies and operational effectiveness. This will help improve poorly performing fields or identify alternative uses. ”
On a practical level, field boundaries are synchronized as soon as the connection between the two platforms is established, eliminating manual file transfers or duplicate data entry. For example, real-time yield data recorded in FieldView is automatically imported into Omnia, eliminating the need to deal with different yield file formats and saving a lot of time.
Omnia’s paid Precision Agronomy platform is already in use on over 4,000 UK farms covering 1 million hectares, and users will be able to test FieldView from early June, leaving enough time to set up and familiarize the platform with data allow flow for the 2021 harvest.
One company that benefits from both platforms is GH Hoyles of Long Sutton, Lincs – an early adopter of the Omnia platform who began testing Climate FieldView last season.
The entire farm has been mapped with Omnia, including the uncultivated land, and assistant farm manager Henry Richardson used it for variable-rate seeding, fertilization planning, and mapping of PCN areas, some of which is managed by varietal diversity and increased fertilization rates.
He said it was easy to use: “It’s seamless. The Plant Vision scanner worked perfectly with our sprayer and enabled us to detect changes in the biomass and point out potential problem areas.
“We also use these NDVI images to create fertilization plans in Omnia. The Connect App is also perfectly linked to the seed drill in order to plan and implement seeding at a variable rate. ”
He said the connectivity between the two platforms would make variable rate applications easier. “Our success has been based on trials, evaluations and benchmarking to refine farming practice and this must continue with the challenges ahead and ongoing weather volatility. The simplified data exchange between Omnia and FieldView will allow us to efficiently and accurately evaluate each field area, which will help us improve management decisions. ”
A key concern for him was the ability to map and quantify areas best suited for Countryside Stewardship Schemes and to make sure he was keeping an eye on legal paperwork for NVZs. It has also helped with real-time decision-making on plant storage management and accurate assessment of potato plant watering, he added.
Further integrated functionalities are planned for the future. This will improve access within the two platforms and extend the benefits across the farm and add improved field insights to further refine plant management decision making. The package already works with data from, for example, Class Telematics and MyJohnDeere.
The complete Omnia precision package with all the bells and whistles costs from £ 5 per hectare per year, while Bayer’s FieldView costs £ 300 per year as a subscription, while the hardware costs usually cost a one-time fee of £ 280 to £ 600 per year. Omnia users are offered a free trial of Fieldview for a limited time.