Hutchinsons are one of the UK’s leading agronomy companies and provide the highest standards of independent agronomic advice to farmers and growers, together with the efficient supply of a complete range of agronomic inputs. They have recently announced exciting developments to their Omnia Precision Agronomy system which they will be exhibiting at Farm Expo on 4th March 2020.

Tackling a prominent issue in precision farming of transferring data from one system to another, Hutchinsons have collaborated with leading machinery and data management systems to streamline data connection.

“For some time now, we have been working closely with our industry colleagues to look at how to connect systems together to transfer data using modern cloud computer systems, which means that the user doesn’t have to handle any data,” said Oliver Wood, Hutchinsons’ precision technology manager.

Hutchinsons have collaborated with Claas, Väderstad, and Muddy Boots to offer this development through three different systems.

Omnia users will be able to connect to their Claas telematics system to generate a seamless flow of data straight from the Claas system into Omnia. The two systems can share field boundaries between them and yield maps can be automatically sent to and processed by the OmniaHub system. The new connections between Omnia and Claas systems means users can make management decisions as soon as the crop is harvested.

Users of Väderstad E Services drills can also use the Omnia Connect app. Omnia or third-party system generated variable rate drilling plans can be quickly and easily transferred to the Connect app and then connected to a Väderstad drill.

Finally, the connection with Muddy Boots can easily transfer field and cropping information, and field maps between GLGM and Omnia. The data can be changed in one system and then automatically passed to the other. The development makes data entry more efficient as the need to enter it into two separate systems is removed.

“Available now, these exciting developments within Omnia will offer real time benefits to users such as reduced operator data handling and time savings, thereby increasing efficiency,” adds Mr Wood.

In addition, the new TerraMap soil scanning system from Hutchinsons is set to revolutionise the way soil nutrient mapping is used in the UK.

“With such a growing level of interest in soils, the availability of TerraMap comes at the perfect timing for farmers that are looking for that next level of accuracy in understanding their soils – which has not previously been possible,” added Mr Wood.

TerraMap uses gamma ray detection to deliver resolutions of over 800 points/ha. This provides high definition mapping of all common nutrient properties, pH, soil texture, organic matter and CEC as well as elevation and plant available water.

The new method used by TerraMap means that the process if not affected by soil moisture, compaction, crop cover or cultivation state.

The results from TerraMap can be used to create maps in the Omnia system which can be overlaid with additional field information like blackgrass, yields and more. These new systems and methods are able to create the most accurate, consistent, and detailed variable rate plans, setting a new standard for accuracy in precision agriculture.

Find out more about these new systems and developments from Hutchinsons by visiting their stand at Farm Expo on 4th March 2020. Farm Expo is free to attend and offers the latest in machinery, supplies, and services for the agricultural industry. Register your attendance now by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2LdY4l1