Helix LIVE Seminar Returns this Autumn
The Helix initiative is about improving farm decision making to increase profitability. The ‘how’ we do that is by testing, developing and validating technologies that produce data, which are then interpreted by the agronomist and grower to make better informed decisions.
Helix has five main focus areas – data and sustainability, improving soils, optimising nutrition, genetic benefits and integrated crop management.
This last year alone has seen the development and introduction of technologies such as the climate system, TerraMap carbon mapping, BYDV, blight and growth stage prediction models, a field diary / scout app and cost of production mapping. Ultimately these need a central system to work through and that is where the Omnia platform comes in.
This year we are continuing to investigate and develop improved crop imagery, novel crop protection, farm strategy and planning technology, Nitrogen and phosphate use efficiency alongside nutrition technologies, a carbon mapping and management tool, an integrated crop management tool, along with increasingly targeted agronomy and yield prediction.
Early farm scale development takes place at our Helix National Development Farm over in Northamptonshire, courtesy of Andrew Pitts. Further development and demonstrations are delivered at our emerging Helix regional farms, of which we are expanding to 7 farms this autumn – these are Helix National Farm, Helix Suffolk, Helix Yorkshire, Helix Northumberland, Helix Oxfordshire, Helix Fife and a Helix Agroecology farm.
The first stage on farm is understanding the farm’s current strategic position. Therefore, key criteria such as productivity, nutrition status, environment, soils, to name but a few, are key measurements as a start point. Achievable targets can then be agreed and a strategy put in place to accomplish those targets.
- An update on Helix, how it is expanding and highlighting existing work that will continue, as well as new projects for 2021 and beyond.
(Stuart Hill, Head of technology and Innovation for Hutchinsons.)
- Carbon, measurement, improvement and opportunity, is an ever increasing and complex area.
(Matt Ward, Services Leader will demonstrate what technology can bring to this and how that can be a benefit.)
(Pictured right: Stuart Hill, Head of technology and Innovation for Hutchinsons.)
- Two growers will give us some insight and findings from their own farms and involvement in Helix which they see as a benefit.
(Tom Jewers, Helix Suffolk, of G D Jewers near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Nick Wilson, Helix Yorkshire, of Nick and Liz Wilson, Marton cum Grafton, near York.)
- David Howard, Head of Integrated Crop Management will review some of the ICM work carried out this year as well as introduce a new opportunity with farm strategy planning to aid decision making on productivity and integrated crop management
(Pictured Left: Nick and Liz Wilson – Hosts of Helix Yorkshire)