Making Sustainability Work for You
Sustainability should encapsulate the whole farm business, protecting valuable resources whilst optimising the profitability of the farm.
As the environment and biodiversity become ever more important to policy decision making, we are developing how growers will be able to deliver this within an integrated farming system.
The overall aim is for farms to build up and maintain a thriving ecosystem of soil, plants and wildlife, and that they use the farm’s natural resources more sustainably and efficiently.
Helix Sustainability Project
What will I see?
We are currently testing and developing the technology to accurately detect and deliver pollinator-suitable flower species, so that they can be mapped in the appropriate locations on farm and via Omnia.
In the future these maps could be used to target areas in need of improvement and, with Omnia’s field performance maps, to identify the areas suited for conversion to habitat.
The initial rounds of aerial imagery have already been obtained, and ground-truthing of the different flower species has been carried out within the margins.
What’s the benefit to me as a grower?
- Improve overall profitability by removing consistently poor performing areas from production
- Utilising removed areas for a broader farm habitat
- Evidence of habitat and stewardship management
- Increased populations of pollinators & beneficial species.
Andrew Pitts and PhD student Sarah Barnsley quadrat grid sampling from an environmental field margin at the national Helix farm.