27 February 1998

COST-SAVINGS FROM PRECISION ARE THERE FOR THE TAKING…

COST-SAVINGS FROM PRECISION ARE THERE FOR THE TAKING…

Arable farmings currency crisis is hitting margins hard, forcing growers to rethink their crop management strategies. The question many people are now asking is whether precision farming can help cut costs, or does it merely add to overheads?

The experiences of a fast growing number of enthusiasts suggest there are cost savings aplenty. Using precision farming techniques to tailor phosphate, potash, lime and magnesium inputs is a logical first step.

The importance of soil type and soil condition is also emerging. Precision techniques can help growers pinpoint and deal with problem areas in individual fields. Experiments with variable rate nitrogen, nematicides and herbicides also show promise.

So, yes, precision farming can cut costs. To find out just how much why not visit the Precision Farming 98 event at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on Wed, Mar 4.

Once again farmers weekly and Fusion Events have joined forces to stage Europes only showcase for this sector. With a detailed seminar programme and the chance to quiz exhibitors in detail it is the ideal venue to learn how precision farming can help combat falling crop margins.

We look forward to meeting you on the day.

Charles Abel, technical editor, FW and Andy Newbold, event director, Fusion Events.

Seminar programme

10.00-1.00 HGCA Precision Farming Project: An update of progress focusing on three key issues:

&#8226 Soil factors affecting variability of crop development.

&#8226 Agronomic decisions – are we ready to make them?

&#8226 Precision mapping of crop development.

1.00 Precision farming made simple – Richard Price, Chavtrac.

2.00 How to benefit from nutrient and yield maps – Simon Griffin SOYL and Robert Barnes, Beds farmer.

3.00 Minimising the cost of crop establishment – Gary Markham, Grant Thornton.

4.00 Precision farming, the first 12 months – Emma Farley, Holton Power Farmer, Lincs.