Could precision technology help us to better understand soil health? Visit SOYL at Groundswell to find out

Experts from the UK’s leading precision crop production service, SOYL, will be speaking to growers at Groundswell about how its precision technology can highlight soil characteristics to help with future on-farm decisions.

In particular, advisors will discuss the benefits of using data to manage soil variation and nutrients, how field performance can be optimised using variable seed rates and how MySOYL can support with data management.

Regional manager, Peter Croot, explains the importance of knowing what’s beneath your feet: “Understanding the varied characteristics of your soil is an essential foundation for planning future operations. Services like our electrical conductivity scanning, GPS sampling, analysis and mapping can give a great insight into the state of your soils and how to get the best from them going forward”.

SOYL’s advisors will discuss the importance of assessing nutrients and areas of variation, soil sampling regimes and influencing nutrient availability. These in turn can lead to improved yield, better fertiliser management and a reduced impact on the environment.

In addition, growers can learn more about SOYL’s variable rate seed service which helps determine the optimum seed rate to suit the soil. Peter explains, “Once you have an understanding of your soils, you have an understanding of how best to work with them. By mapping soil variation, we can produce seed rate maps that will indicate how much seed should be sown at each point for optimal results.”

Advisors will also be on hand to talk visitors through SOYL’s web-based precision data management tool, MySOYL. With a user-friendly interface, MySOYL collates all the above data and makes it easy to add, retrieve and alter information as and when needed. With all the data in one place, growers can quickly and easily analyse the results of their precision farming and make well-informed business decisions.

Groundswell takes place 27-28 June at Lannock Manor Farm in Hitchin. SOYL can be found on by the entrance of the Roadshott Field, alongside colleagues from Kings, on Stand E36.

Find out more about Groundswell here.


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