13 October 1995

Precisions big role

PRECISION farming has a role to play on small and medium sized units as well as large arable farms, according to consultant Chris Dawson.

"The smaller the unit, the tighter has to be the management, and although these farmers may not be able to afford the machines and equipment associated with precision farming, they will expect them to be supplied by contractors in the near future," he said at a tillage demonstration at Laurence-kirk, Kincardineshire.

Precision farming is currently associated with £160,000 combine harvesters and satellite and yield mapping technology, he noted. "But the real business of precision farming is making management decisions in the light of increased information – and that has nothing to do with scale." &#42