Hutchinsons are launching two new features to its Omnia Precision software: yield performance mapping and cost of production mapping.
Hutchinsons Omnia Precision system allows growers and agronomists to analyse multiple layers of field data – including yield maps and pin down under performing areas which can be used to inform management decisions.
“Generating yield maps is no more than an exercise in data collection; when actually it’s how this data is interpreted in conjunction with all the other factors that can affect yield that’s valuable, and the consistency of that yield over seasons,” explains services leader, Matt Ward.
With the Omnia yield performance mapping capability, it’s possible for growers and agronomists to identify and map areas of fields by categorising them in terms of the consistency of performance such as poorly consistent yield, good consistent yield and so on.”
“In this way, management decisions can be made based on this sub-field information. It may be that a higher yielding area of the field has shown up to be potentially inconsistent, so it may not be worth pushing this area whereas if another area delivers an average yield and is potentially consistent, it could be worth investing in this.
Being able to link this yield performance data with cost of production is key to profitability, so we have introduced a second feature that can do just this, he says.
Using Omnia, growers are able to create average cost of production information by crop, market outlet, variety or by field using known or predicted costs, with known or predicted yields.
“Where growers have variable inputs or yield map data, it makes sense that they want to manage costs and their crops on a more site-specific basis.”
However, the variation in output across a field and the increasing use of variable input applications means that some elements of cost of production may be misleading when done on a field scale, says Mr Ward.
“Using the Omnia cost of production mapping, it is possible to generate a quick and easy snapshot of individual site performance based on standard industry costs, but for those that have more detailed cost information this can be easily adopted to show much more precise information, bespoke to the individual farming business.”
Used in combination, these Omnia features provide growers and agronomists with a unique and powerful way of addressing variability across the farm business, and eliminating loss making areas, that impact overall farm profitability.
To find out more about these features and any other information on the Omnia Precision Agronomy system, visit the Hutchinsons stand No 926 over the course of the Cereals event where its specialist Omnia team will be available to demonstrate and discuss the system.