Helix Projects

The Helix project aligns new and old technologies, evolving and developing them to improve crop management decisions.

Below are links to some of the project areas we are currently focused on, though we are also involved in a number of other long term projects and collaborative research.

Nutrition and matching plant and soil health will be an integral part of what we deliver in future. This project aims to investigate best practice alongside developing tools to support our approach. Soil and tissue testing are challenging and time-consuming processes. The nutrition project aims to simplify decision making by enabling live analysis alongside developing knowledge.

What will I see?

Soil and tissue testing are time consuming processes and are currently limiting what we can achieve. Therefore, an example in this area is new technology to analyse soils for major and minor nutrients in a non-invasive, consistent approach.

What’s the benefit to me as a grower?

  • Accurate and bespoke targeting of advice and nutrition ensured through rapid and broad non-invasive soil testing aligned to precision practices.
  • Ultimately greater efficiency and higher average field yield.

Predict & Justify will review risk analysis and prediction of pests and disease and benefits of accurate crop growth monitoring. This will help to identify and understand where there is risk and to help justify decision making.

What will I see?

The use of climate and pest models to bring a more farm specific threshold level to proactively determine timing and justification of inputs and if they are necessary? An example in this area is BYDV in cereals following the loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments.

What’s the benefit to me as a grower?

  • An evidenced based justification for the use of crop protection products.
  • Accuracy of timing and optimising product efficacy.
  • Ultimately greater justification will be a significant focus for the industry in future utilising seamless, automated and historical evidence.

Sustainability encapsulates the whole farm business, the optimum use of inputs aligned with the environment and Integrated Farm Management.

What will I see?

An example in this area is developing technology to enable mapping of the most beneficial pollination species in appropriate locations on farm.

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.

Traits – with new breeding techniques on the horizon there is a need to understand how to develop them to maximise their benefit on your farm.

As a part of ICM, traits will become part of pest management programmes, with the narrower range of chemistry in some areas, as well as achieving greater output.

What will I see?

Examples of current trait technology and our approach to their development and commercialisation.

What’s the benefit to me as a grower?

  • Utilising trait pest management to optimise output.
  • Greater efficiency and more consistent output on more difficult soil types
  • Managing biomass differences for greater output