28 February 1997


Fusion Events, in association with farmers weekly, would like to extend a very warm welcome to all visitors to Precision Farming 97, the European showcase for the technology, services and research of precision farming.

This event, now in its second year, is aimed at all technically minded farmers who are keen to maximise the potential of their crops through precision farming management techniques.

The event draws together a strong display of the latest technology and services from over 40 companies and organisations. Alongside this is a packed seminar programme which discusses HGCA funded research, complemented by the practical experiences of a number of professionals in the industry. This will run throughout the day.

Precision Farming 97 is the ideal opportunity to focus in on this exciting new technology. Where else could you discuss down-to-earth solutions with the industrys leading innovators?

We look forward to meeting you on the day.

Andy Newbold, event director, Fusion Events,

and Charles Abel, technical editor, FW

Seminar programme

Morning – programme by the HGCA Precision Farming Project Consortium

Chairman: Dr Chris Rawlinson, director of research HGCA

10.00Background and introduction to precision farming, R JGodwin, Silsoe College

10.30Aims and early findings of the HGCA project"Management guidelines for precision farming":

&#8226 Aims and soil variability, R J Godwin, Silsoe College

&#8226 Early results of agronomic studies, J Smith, Arable Research Centres

&#8226 Interpretation of spatial variability from aerial photographs, J C Taylor, Silsoe College

11.30Major developments in equipment and systems,B S Blackmore, Silsoe College

12.00 Questions and discussion


Chairman: Dr Andrew Landers, Farming and AgriculturalFinance Ltd

2.00Agronomic decision making, Chris Dawson, Chris Dawsonand Associates

2.30Precision farming and traceability, Stewart Parrington, Banks Doltons, Richard Whitlock, Banks Agriculture

3.00Precision farming – a management tool, Will Gemmill,Strutt & Parker, East Anglian Farming Department

3.30A software developers opinion, Peter Henley, FarmadeManagement Systems

4.00Questions & discussion with all the days speakers

Precision Farming 97 is organised by farmers weekly and Fusion Events.

WHEN: Wed, 5 Mar, 9amto 4pm.

WHERE: East of England Showground, Peterborough.

ENTRY: £10 on the gate; free to members of the East of England Agricultural Society, on production of membership card.

Directions: from A1 or A47 west of Pborough showground is signposted.


The organisers kindly acknowledge the help and participation of the following individuals and organisations:

Justin Smith of Arable Research Centres; Dick Godwin, John Taylor and Simon Blackmore of Silsoe College; Dr Andrew Landers of Farming and Agricultural Finance; Chris Dawson of Chris Dawson and Associates; Stewart Parrington of Banks Doltons; Richard Whitlock of Banks Agriculture; Will Gennill of Strutt & Parker; Peter Henley of Farmade Management Systems; The East of England Agricultural Society and Sharmans Agricultural Group.

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