Agrovista shows latest agronomy tools at LAMMA

Some of the most advanced agronomy tools available to UK farmers will be on display at Agrovista’s stand at LAMMA ’17.

Experts from the company will be on hand to demonstrate the latest drone developments and agronomy management software, and explain how novel agronomic techniques such as companion cropping can benefit visitors’ businesses.

Use your own drone
Drone technology has advanced significantly in the past 12 months, as has the software which now allows growers to use their own drones to map fields.

Agrovista will highlight work it has carried out comparing professional fixed-wing drones with popular “hobby” multi-rotor drones to see if the basic camera gear on the latter can be used effectively to create weed and biomass maps.

Results have been very encouraging, allowing Agrovista to develop its Axis MapIT Pro software to handle the home-produced drone data.

This will enable growers to use information they have gathered themselves for applications such as variable rate nitrogen and even patch spraying glyphosate with high resolution accuracy.

MapIT Pro – simplifying agronomy management
MapIt Pro is part of Axis, Agrovista’s cloud-based agronomy management system, that helps growers cope with the vast amounts of digital information created by the adoption of decision-support and precision-farming systems.

Visitors can see how MapIT Pro enables them to control and map data simply and quickly, allowing the many pieces of the precision farming jigsaw, such as variable rate drilling, to fall into place.

Saving costs with companion plants
Companion plants in oilseed rape can improve establishment, nutrient capture, weed and pest suppression and ultimately yields.

Berseem clover as a companion plant can help with all these, but its major impact is on improving establishment and rooting of OSR, boosting rape root size typically by about 20%.

Visitors can hear how Agrovista is broadening the project to several sites to see if berseem clover can replace steel when it comes to cultivations. Results so far look very encouraging.

On Agrovista’s heavy-land trial site at Stoughton last year, oilseed rape was direct drilled and drilled behind the leg of a Great Plains 00 planter, with and without the addition of berseem clover.

Straight oilseed rape behind the leg yielded 0.5t/ha more than direct-drilled rape. However, when berseem clover was added, the direct-drilled crop matched the yield of that drilled behind the leg.

The difference in fuel consumption between the two establishment techniques will be accurately measured at this season’s development sites.

Herbicide and application trials
Agrovista is carrying out a range of herbicide application trials with bespoke application equipment that uses similar nozzles and forward speeds to those found on farm.

One idea on show is a simple and cheap modification boosting the number of spray droplets, which has had a dramatic effect on the performance of pre-emergence blackgrass herbicides.

It uses two back-to-back nozzle apertures fitted to a single line, adapted to apply spray forwards and straight down, mimicking a twin-line sprayer. The set-up has raised black-grass control from 80% to 95% in trials.

Agrovista is exhibiting in Hall 7, Stand 769 at LAMMA, which takes place on 18 and 19 January 2017.

LAMMA 2017

Make sure to visit the Yara stand at the 2017 LAMMA Show.

LAMMA is the UK’s leading farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show. It attracts in excess of 40,000 visitors from the UK and overseas who come to visit hundreds of exhibitors. The 2017 event marks LAMMA’s 36th anniversary, and is the fourth year it has been staged at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Free to attend, LAMMA is open from 7.30am until 5pm on Wednesday 18 January and 7.30am until 4.30pm on Thursday 19 January.

Free car parking for up to 10,000 cars is available.

Register to download our new show app here

Sarah Murray

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