Why I’m looking at precision farming

I am interested in looking at precision farming for several reasons:

I am sure applying only what a crop needs in the right place is the right way forward, for both financial and environmental reasons.

Will it save me money and/or will I get better return on my inputs?

However the costs are quite high, how can I justify the outlay (many thousands of £s)  on a farm our size?

How soon would I see a return on my investment.

Where do I start? How do I use the information I have?

At the moment I’m doing yield mapping (we have several years of data), fields have been analysed in detail for P and K etc, and we have a variable rate fertilizer spreader.

Come along to my first Monitor Farm meeting on 7 November to join me in these discussions.

Find out more about the Malmesbury Monitor Farm

Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson farms in partnership with his brother Peter at Lower Odd Farm in Wiltshire. They have 170 ha owned land plus10 ha rented grassland. The arable rotation is flexible, incorporating winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring beans, winter and spring barley as well as grass leys. All crops are dried and stored on-farm. The farm has a beef herd which are fed home-grown cereals. Key challenges for the farm are the threat of ryegrass, inconsistent bean yields, rape establishment, pyrethroid resistance and managing the farm’s heavier soils. During the three years of the Monitor Farm programme, Roger would like to address topics including succession, soil management and the evaluation of variable rate fertilisers.

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