The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ 2019 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, sponsored by Hutchinsons’ Omnia Precision Agronomy, is open for entries.
Entries are open to any Guild member who has had a feature about precision farming technologies in arable agriculture or horticulture published or broadcast between 1 August 2018 and 1 August 2019.
There is a £1,000 prize for the winning article and £500 for the runner up, with the results to be announced at this year’s Guild Harvest Lunch in London on 17 October.
The award reflects the growing use and importance of precision farming technologies in growing crops, and the need for agricultural journalists to report on its intricacies and potential with clarity.
The winner of the 2018 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award was Peter Hill for his article, published in the Proagrica title Future Farming, on “Drones rising to the challenge of replacing manual crop care”.
Runner-up was freelance James Andrews for his piece on how two farmers built their own GPS tractor guidance kit for under £2,000, also published in Farmers Weekly.
The judge also Highly Commended Oli Mark for his Farmers Weekly article on a smart feeder system for precision drilling.
Hutchinsons chairman David Hutchinson says: “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.
“We believe 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.
“With this in mind, Hutchinsons is delighted to support the Omnia Precision Crop Management Award to promote and support the benefits of precision farming now and in the future.”
To enter, send a PDF of a print article, a link to an online article or the audio file or script of a broadcast, to Guild awards secretary Jamie Day at email@example.com.
Your entry should state when and where the piece was published or broadcast.
Deadline for entries is Friday, 13 September 2019.
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