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Digital Technology Farms

Digital Technology Farms

What are Digital Technology Farms?

A farmer-led initiative of nine Agrii growers and their agronomists across the country.
The project is delivered in partnership with RHIZA, a state-of-the-art digital agronomy service. RHIZA provide the highest resolution digital imagery in the UK market as well as the market-leading Contour platform, making them the perfect partner.

Does Precision Farming actually work?

Like you, most of the growers we work with see the huge potential of Digital Agronomy and Precision Farming services, but the lack of solid research makes it difficult to know where to start

Digital Technology Farms have been established to answer this question and more. Our network will test the value of current digital agronomy and data-based information systems, demonstrate their most profitable use, and provide the broadest base for future improvements.

Robust Research

All the data gathered through our Digital Technology Farm network will be processed using the ADAS Agronōmics model which can reliably ‘prove’ yield effects down to 0.1 t/ha.

The data will also be a very valuable additional input into the five-year, €17.6 million collaborative CONSUS digital, precision agriculture and crop science research partnership between University College Dublin and Origin Enterprises.
As well as generating the best possible intelligence for immediate farm use, it will provide robust data for Europe’s most advanced digital farming research.

How do Digital Technology Farms Work?

The Digital Technology Farms are well-spread across the UK to give the best possible network of local hubs for down-to-earth trialling and information exchange.

  • Spanning a wide range of soil types, rotations and farming systems
  • Parallel field-scale trials each season
  • ADAS Agronōmics data analysis and reporting model

Main 2020 Trials Focus
We are initiating our research by looking at the following trials for the 2019/2020 season in crops of winter wheat, spring wheat and spring barley. These were deemed the most valuable precision farming/digital agronomy technologies by our network of growers.;

  • Variable Rate Drilling
  • Variable Rate Nitrogen
  • Optimised Nutrition Application

What are the potential benefits of precision farming
and digital agronomy?

The Digital Technology Farm growers identify the following areas as offering their greatest potential to gain from precision farming and digital agronomy:

  • Saving reduction by better targeting inputs
  • Understanding crop yield potential sooner 
  • Identifying agronomy issues earlier 
  • Reducing human error 
  • Better decision-making tools
  • Reducing time spent managing field operations
  • Providing cost of production and gross margin maps
  • Improving performance from every part of the field


Meet some of the farmers leading this project

“We have actually been finding the technologies increasingly valuable in a number of ways.  We’re looking to make more and more of them as our DTF trialling shows us how they can best be applied to our own particular need”

Peter Cartwright, Revesby Estate. Lincs. 

“More accurate information used in the most effective way will undoubtedly help us farm even better and more sustainably.”

Ian Rudge, Bedfordia Farms. Beds.
Ian Rudge (L) & JJ Ibbett (R)

“We are just beginning to appreciate all the things digital technologies can do”

Rob Atkin, Atkin Farms, Staffs.

Martyn Meredith with Ben Burgess and Graham Jenkins.
M Meredith, Wood Farm, Hereford.
John Thorne. R E Thorne, Flamstone Farm, Wiltshire
Gus Seed. R F & J M Seed.  Seed & Co, Midlothian

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