SOYL newsletter January 2017
1. Don't miss out on final Winter Workshops
Having begun back in November, SOYL’s Winter Workshop series comes to an end in February with the last four events in Scotland. Over 500 farmers have attended the ten workshops already held across the UK.
The events give growers the opportunity to learn more about the practicalities and benefits of precision crop production, talk about their own specific circumstances with the expert team and see live demonstrations of the latest technology, including web-based management platform, MySOYL and field scouting app, iSOYLscout.
Remaining SOYL winter workshop dates and locations:
|Berwick||31st January 2017||Berwick Rugby Club|
|Perth||1st February 2017||Battleby Conference Centre|
|Aberdeen||2nd February 2017||Lochter Activity Centre|
|Dingwall||6th February 2017||Dingwall Auction Market|
2. Streamline spring workloads with iSOYL
New updates for this spring mean the tool will also include the ability to mark areas or field features on the move for analysis at a later date. Users will also be able to change the colour of map legends, helping to differentiate maps at a glance and simplify management even further.
iSOYL is free to download from the Apple App Store and works on most iPads; check compatibility with your local SOYL contact. An iSOYL kit, priced at £495, provides a user licence and everything you need to get iSOYL up and running with your spreader, drill or sprayer.
iSOYL is also the natural replacement for many older variable rate control screens, including the SOYL-Opti for which SOYL will cease support in December 2017. For those using Gatekeeper with suitable precision farming modules, as-applied data can be synced for accurate, paper-free record keeping and stock control.
To find out more about how iSOYL could help your business and see a demonstration, visit www.isoyl.com or speak to your SOYL contact.
3. Submit harvest 2017 cropping information now
With cold weather due, there may be opportunities to get onto the land for spring applications. Ensure you have given your 2017 cropping for P and K applications to your SOYL contact, including details of blends, manures or slurries applied since last season. This information enables the applications team to provide accurate recommendations for the coming crop to ensure yields remain at their optimum.
It’s now even easier to submit your cropping data thanks to the new online crop input form, which can be found in the new version of MySOYL. The online form can also be used to trace when and where applications were made, with the ability to go back to previous years to confirm dates and tonnages.
4. Improve performance with MySOYL data comparison
As well as making inputting your information easier, the new version of MySOYL offers easy comparison between previous sampling data years, a valuable tool when planning spring operations. For example, the available phosphorous for 2017 sampling can be compared to how the field looked in 2013, or historic levels of potassium can be checked against yields to determine where offtakes are higher or lower so that appropriate action can be taken. The layer inspector tool in MySOYL also means that multiple data from each point of the field can be compared with one click on the area of investigation.