Visit SOYL at Tillage Live for expert variable rate seed advice
Visit SOYL as part of the Tillage Live ‘Knowledge Trail’ to learn more about variable rate drilling - and claim BASIS points.
Tillage Live takes place during drilling season on 26th September at Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland.
Dr Simon Griffin, SOYL’s technical manager will help to deliver the event’s Knowledge Trail. As part of this he will share practical advice on using data to calculate the optimum seed rate and improve crop management, yield and profitability.
Speaking about measuring data before drilling, Simon said, “Our soil sensor scans a field, taking over 300 measurements per hectare. We interpret that data to identify areas of physical soil variation; information which enables us to make smarter decisions around seed rates, cultivations and yield potential. The optimum seed rate for a field is influenced by a number of factors including grain weight, variety, drilling date, soil type, seed bed quality, yield potential and weed pressure. A seed rate that doesn’t take these influences into account is not likely to lead to a crop that can achieve its potential.”
The benefits of variable rate seed are well documented following in-depth research carried out by SOYL. “Drilling with the appropriate seed rate for each soil zone shows a yield increase of at least 4% in our trials,” added Simon. “
SOYL’s variable seed rate maps can be used with most types of drill and the data can be collected for around £14/ha.
Simon continued, “Our iPad-based GPS control system has redefined the cost of entry into precision farming. A spreader, sprayer or drill can be variable-rate-ready for less than £500 if the farm already has an iPad.”
Find the SOYL team at Tillage Live in the main stand exhibition area.