SOYL newsletter July 2017
1. Fertiliser planning made easier with new MySOYL feature
The new crop input form within MySOYL makes submitting cropping data simple. The feature is easy to use and allows full recording of each crop per field, including block selection to speed up the process for many fields. In addition, it’s possible to include any deductions for organic manures, products supplied to the soil when drilling and other products like Limex or DAP to ensure the recommendation is as accurate as possible. The crop input data can of course be altered if cropping changes, but a guide as to crop, straw policy, target yield and any deductions will enable us to get back to you as soon as possible with tonnages to apply.
As well as the option to fill this in online, the module also allows you to look back at what was applied last season, add in any missed applications of products and submit to our applications team with just two clicks of a mouse.
For guidance on how to use the module, please speak to your SOYL area manager or call the applications team on 01635 204190.
2. Claas yield mapping support
Continuing for 2017 harvest is our support for Claas yield mapping systems, which covers both card reader and telematics variants. Our support agreement with Claas for card systems is to set up Agrocom mapping software on customer PCs, assisting with how to set up data cards and get this onto the combine, plus getting data back to the PC successfully.
With telematics mapping, which is available on combines and foragers, our support extends to assisting customers with setting up accounts and establishing boundaries for the machine to work to. Once the machine cuts or chops in a field, the yield data is contained within this boundary and can be handled easily post-harvest.
The value of mapping yield data continues to increase as the tools in MySOYL become increasingly sophisticated. The information can be used to help establish repeating trends across fields or crop types and using layers of data in this way, it’s possible to create management zones which can be handled differently to other parts of the field in terms of cultivation, seed rates, disease control, or fertiliser.
For more information on setting up your Claas combine or forager for yield mapping, please contact us on 01635 204190 or speak to your SOYL contact directly.
3. Are you missing out on the Making Every Hectare Count blog?
Launched last month, SOYL’s new Making Every Hectare Count blog shares regular posts from the team to keep you up to date with the latest news, products, events, trials and queries from growers.
Posts during July include:
· Review of the European Conference on Precision Agriculture, held in Edinburgh and attended by a number of SOYL experts. Technical manager, Simon Griffin writes about SOYL’s involvement and some of the messages from key speakers at Europe’s largest precision farming science event.
· What should I do with straw this harvest? A balanced review of the pros and cons of straw removal, also written by Simon Griffin.
· My first month at SOYL. New area manager for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, Antonia Walker, reflects on a very busy first few weeks at SOYL.
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4. Take advantage of round the clock technical support
All SOYL customers can access comprehensive technical support to get the best from precision techniques and address any issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our phone lines are monitored 24/7 and our dedicated support staff work alongside our area managers to provide you with service when you need it. Popular enquiries include:
· Claas yield mapping
· MySOYL online precision farming
· iSOYL variable rate app for iPad
· iSOYLscout scouting app for iPad and iPhone
· Third party GPS application systems e.g. Trimble, Topcon, John Deere
· Post harvest review of any yield map.