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Omnia Precision Farming Award

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The Omnia Precision Farming Award is sponsored by crop protection specialists Hutchinsons Omnia precision agronomy services.

The award is open to any Guild member who has had a feature published on the use of precision farming technologies in arable or livestock agriculture.

The award reflects the growing use and importance of precision farming technologies and the need for journalist members of the Guild to report on its intricacies and potential with clarity.

“To date, precision technology has been about collecting data – for example yield maps, soil pH and nutrient analysis – but there has never been a way to connect this data together in a way that it can be used to influence farm management decisions,” says Hutchinsons' chairman David Hutchinson.

“We believe that precision technology must offer a way for growers to measure and monitor their farm activities in such a way that it improves efficiency and productivity.

“The industry is facing a period of increasing uncertainty and anything that can be done to help farmers meet these challenges is an important role for members of the Guild,” he adds.

“With this in mind, Hutchinsons is delighted to support the new Omnia Precision Farming Award to promote and support the benefits of precision farming now and in the future.”

Presented at the Guild's 2017 Harvest Lunch, the inaugural award was a £1,500 prize for the winning article and £500 for the runner up.

Winners

2017

The inaugural Omnia Precision Farming Award was awarded to freelance arable journalist Louise Impey in 2017.

Sponsored by Hutchinsons, this award recognises the application of precision farming technology and systems across both the livestock and arable sectors.

Judges said: "We were very encouraged by the high number of entries for the Omnia Precision Farming Award in its first year.

"A wide range of topics were covered on the use of precision farming in both the livestock and arable sectors," they added.

Judges said Louise's winning entry – published in Future Farming and the arable sector of Farmers Weekly – stood out for its eloquent coverage.

It detailed a futuristic robotics project with growers’ experiences of using precision technology for variable rate seed and fertiliser applications.

The runner up article was awarded to James Andrews for an article also published in the machinery sector of Farmers Weekly.

James's article covered the options for auto-steer guidance systems highlighting the pros and cons of each system with associated costs.

 

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