HUTCHINSONS~FieldWise(October2018) (1) - Page 2

>>> In addition the way in which we use
these products is vital if we are not to
drive resistance to weeds, pests and
diseases through exerting too much
selection pressure.
Hutchinsons are involved each
year in a number of initiatives to
drive product stewardship such as
NRoSO training of spray operators,
as well as wide-ranging support for
practices such as the Metaldehyde
Stewardship Group guidelines.
The recent government Health and
Harmony white paper emphasised
the importance of protecting and
enhancing the environment in our
farming practices and utilising
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
techniques is a vital part of that.
Hutchinsons agronomists are fully
trained in these techniques and use a
range of cultural control measures to
reduce weed, pest and disease pressure
and to use crop protection products
only when and where necessary.
For instance, Omnia, our precision
software system, maps fields and can
identify areas at risk from black-grass
and slugs, guiding optimum use of
herbicides and slug pellets.
Using such approaches also reduces
the risk of resistance.
For the future of our industry it is
vital that we all steward our crop
protection products wisely if we are to
continue to control the many threats
to crop yields and Hutchinsons staff
are committed to doing all we can to
drive and facilitate this process.
David Ellerton
(Technical Development Director)
>>> “With Omnia there is the capacity
to create any type of map; it’s not
limited to standard characteristics
and we felt that a map based on
tiller counts per soil type, giving us
an establishment rate per soil type,
would help us to be more precise
with the variable drilling, so we also
included this - after all the more
information we could put into the
system at the end of the day, the
more accurate the variable drilling
plan would be,” says Mr Buckberry.
Once variety choice and vigour were
also incorporated into the system,
the variable drilling plan was created.
“We were slightly taken back with the
seed rate recommendations in the
poorer parts of the field which were
considerably higher than we expected
Omnia Connect on the go
Michael Baker (L) and agronomist
Andrew Buckberry
with some areas of the field needing as
much as 40% more seed! However this
was balanced out in the better areas
of the field where the rates were more
standard at about 350 seeds/m2.”
“However, we decided to go with it
having calculated that we needed 0.2t/
ha yield increase to pay for the extra
seed, based on August 2017 prices.”
The wheats established well and
looked even and during harvest the
yield monitor confirmed this uniformity
as it didn’t fluctuate, says Mr Baker.
“We haven’t got all the figures in yet
for the 2018 harvest but there is no
doubt that wheat yields have gone up
significantly and the extra seed costs
have been more than covered!”
Mr Baker has used Omnia to variably
drill his oilseed rape this season.
“Variably drilling rape is not yet
common practice as there are so many
variables to consider in an oilseed rape
crop, but using Omnia it is possible to
even out as many of these as possible
by inputting as much field information
as possible, as we did with the wheat,”
explains Oliver Wood Hutchinsons
precision technology manager.
“Whilst we don’t want to end up with
a thick crop that sunlight can’t get
into, we need it to be competitive with
black-grass. I’m all for looking at what
the maximum is for each variety and
then working back down according to
field specifics.”
With a range of conventionals and
hybrids, the OSR seed rate at
Chimney Farm has been wide ranging;
Chimney Farm rotation:
Wheat, OSR, spring beans, spring barley and sugar beet.
Wheat varieties:
Graham, JB Diego, Costello, Shabras.
OSR varieties:
Phoenix CL, Campus, Architect, DK Expedient.
Sky Easy Drill
Mr Baker used the Omnia Connect app which is a
low-cost solution that has been designed to simplify
precision farming by connecting the user to the
machine to enable variable rate control. The iPad
app allows the user to seamlessly and instantly send
variable application maps created in Omnia to the
field, and also controls the spreader, sprayer or drill.
based on a 5hg/ha benchmark for
the conventionals the poorer areas were
drilled at 5.5 – 6kg.ha. For the hybrid’s,
based on a benchmark of 3kg/ha, poorer
areas ranged from 3.3 – 3.6kg/ha.
“The whole process has been so
straightforward and simple to use.
The maps can be sent straight to my
iPad, I get into the cab, plug it in and
that’s it. Importantly, it’s very easy to
change or over-ride anything within
the system, so I don’t need to worry
that the decisions are being taken out
of my hands.”
In the future, Mr Baker is considering
using Omnia to look at ways he
can optimize other inputs such as
fertilizer and even herbicides.


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