Sky high technology advances

Part Article taken from the Farmers Guardian, written by Teresa Rush and Georgina Haigh

While there was plenty of gleaming metal on display at LAMMA, visitors wanting to catch up with the latest farm IT, analytics and precision farming solutions were unlikely to leave the event disappointed.

Agricultural data company Ursual Agriculture took the opportunity to provide an update on its satellite and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) data capture and analysis services.

Director Steve Keyworth said: “2013 was our first year of commercial operations, when we carried out data capture and analysis on numerous crop types at different points in the growing season.

The star of the show so far has been our black-grass mapping, which we believe could mark a step change in dealing with this persistent problem.” ….

Cloud computing

New developments in ‘cloud’ computing technology were also very much in evidence, with Agrovista, FarmFlo, Landmark Systems and Muddy Boots Software among the businesses with developments in this area.

Agrovista has been investing in fully integrated real time weather, disease forecasting, precision mapping and water management systems, which will culminate in a cloud-based data hub later this year.  The full range of services will be housed under one roof called Plantsystems.

Agrovista’s Nick Rainsley said:  “Plantsystems combines all of our precision farming activities and field expertise.  As technology develops, we believe it will be essential for growers to have access to this technology in an easy, integrated package.”….

 

31 January 2014

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