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Crop4Sight app – designed to maximise your saleable potato crop yield

Crop4Sight app – designed to maximise your saleable potato crop yield
Crop4Sight app – designed to maximise your saleable potato crop yield
Crop4Sight is a simple to use technology system designed to maximise your saleable potato crop yield. From the date of first emergence Crop4Sight forecasts and benchmarks your potato crop performance, enabling you to easily understand the likely gross yield performance and more importantly the ‘saleable’ crop yield by variety, size fraction and planting date, allowing you to manage your crop for the best returns.

 

We asked Crop4Sight...

What do you think will be the most influential factor(s) for UK farming to achieve NetZero by 2050?

 

British agricultural is starting the journey to NetZero from a good place as it already employs some of the most sustainable practices in the world. However, completing that journey will requirement investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge-sharing, trust from the consumer and support from the government. Digital platforms such as Crop4Sight, which enables growers to produce saleable crop yields significantly more efficiently, will play a vital role.

 

What role do you think that precision farming, use of data, autonomous machinery, robotics, alternative fuels etc will play in this?

 

Data is also vital to achieving NetZero. The high-quality data that underpins Crop4Sight and other digital platforms are the key to reducing crops inputs while maintaining or even growing yield.

 

 

 

Case studies

 

Scottish potato grower reduces seed stock without impact yield

A SCOTTISH potato grower is using the latest digital technology to help reduce seed input costs, improve marketable yield, and increase profitability.

Sean Liddell manages just under 1,000 acres of potatoes on land near Duns in the Scottish borders and by using mobile app Crop4Sight, he is able to reduce his input seed requirement by as much as 25 per cent whilst maintaining saleable yields.

Mr Liddell started using Crop4sight in his potato growing business around three years ago to get greater insight into the development of his crops and help him to make better management decisions.

Since then, he has achieved a number of efficiencies including significantly reducing the number of yield digs he has to carry out, saving time and work during the growing season.

Mr Liddell said: “I’ve been using Crop4sight for a while now and the data it produces is invaluable for forecasting crop development.

“One of the most interesting things to come out of last season was that my seed rate, while good, wasn’t optimal. By inputting the relevant data into the app, I was able to identify areas of improvement and efficiency, and that will certainly be influencing what I will do for the forthcoming growing season.”

Mr Liddell added another benefit is helping him meet the tight size specifications for salad potatoes.

He said: “This year we’re growing around 245 acres of salad potatoes and the rest is maincrop varieties.

“Early on, we realised one of the major benefits of Crop4sight was getting early insight into the crop’s yield potential and when the largest proportion of the crop was up to size.

“This really helped in deciding the best burndown date. Sometimes this can mean leaving the crop a bit longer than yield digs suggests, which can feel counterintuitive, but it means more of the crop meeting the size requirements and therefore a greater saleable yield.

“Of course, leave them too long and they’ll keep growing – it’s easy to get oversized potatoes. But Crop4Sight is an accurate visual aid to help you make the right decision at the right time and it has had a positive effect for us.”

Crop4Sight accurately predicts the crop’s development from first emergence, enabling growers to better plan crop inputs, labour, burndown, irrigation, and storage.

It also enables farmers to benchmark their crops against other UK growers of the same variety and manage customer expectations around size fractions, quality, and contract fulfilment.

Crop4sight recently added an irrigation module that Mr Liddell has been trialling. It’s live water management system enables growers to produce an irrigation schedule as often as required, allowing them to react immediately to changes in weather conditions.

This helps to ensure growers apply the optimum volume of water for crop development.

“It produces live updates by the hour if needed,”

“This is invaluable for accurately plotting your irrigation schedule” Mr Liddell added.

“Overall, using Crop4sight has brought a lot of efficiencies and other benefits to the business, but it is only as good as the data you put in. If you take the time to do this, you’ll get accurate outputs.”

Paul Coleman, Managing Director of Crop4Sight, said that Sean’s experience was being mirrored by many growers who were embracing this digital technology in their businesses.

He said: “Digital technology is starting to revolutionise agriculture and bring new efficiencies to businesses that have not been previously possible.

“With Crop4Sight, we wanted to create a powerful tool that used data and modelling to provide highly accurate crop forecasting to help agronomists and professional potato growers become more efficient.

“Crop4sight provides total transparency across a crop, to the grower, the agronomist and, critically, the client, meaning the best management decisions can be made and the best saleable yield achieved.

“Not only does this help streamline the grower’s business by optimising inputs, labour and storage, it enables them to better meet customer requirements to build robust, long-term relationships.”

Shropshire potato grower realises huge efficiencies with latest digital technology

 

AN organic vegetable farmer from Shropshire has made efficiency savings of more than 25 per cent while almost doubling the land he manages for potatoes, thanks to the latest digital technology.

Nick Taylor, who farms at Home Farm in Shropshire, has been instrumental in developing mobile app Crop4Sight, and is now using the platform to realise ‘massive efficiencies’ in his business.

Mr Taylor is growing 40 hectares of salad potatoes and 130 hectares of main crop potatoes this year which represents a significant step up in crop size compared to previous years.

But by adopting the app into the day-to-day running of the business, he has reduced the management time invested in producing the crops by more than a quarter, without compromising on the quality demanded by contracts with major UK retailers.

Crop4Sight utilises thousands of data points to accurately predict the size fractions of potato crops from first emergence, enabling growers to better plan crop inputs, labour, burndown, irrigation, and storage.

It also enables farmers to benchmark their crops against other UK growers of the same variety and manage customer expectations around size fractions, quality, and contract fulfilment.

Mr Taylor said the app has given him far greater transparency over his potatoes, enabling him to focus attention where it is most needed.

It also significantly reduced the number of yield digs that need to be carried out, which has brought welcome efficiencies to the growing process.

Mr Taylor said: “Crop4Sight is a fantastic management tool that enables us to be far more informed about our crops than ever before.

“The app is capable of taking account of the different variables at play and providing a detail picture of the crop at all points of development.

“Before using it, in the most intensive part of the growing cycle we would carry out yield digs of five samples once a week to assess growth curve and size distribution.

“Now, we only need to do this once or twice between planting the crop and burndown as all the information is provided by the app.

“If the variables change, the app takes account of that, enabling us to take the necessary steps earlier to manage the bell curve of growth to achieve the maximum saleable yield.”

Mr Taylor added that the app was playing a significant role in grower/customer relations.

“For customers, the graphical representations of the crop’s development are very useful,” he said.

“The app enables us to provide critical information to customers on the progress and quality of the crop we are growing for them. This in turn makes them more confident in what we are doing.

“That can be the difference between having a contract for next year and year after and the customer deciding to put their contract elsewhere.”

Paul Coleman, Managing Director of Crop4Sight, said that Nick’s experience with the app was mirrored by many growers who had adopted the technology.

He said: “Digital technology is starting to revolutionise agriculture and bring new efficiencies to businesses that have not been previously possible.

“With Crop4Sight, we wanted to create a powerful tool that used data and modelling to provide highly accurate crop forecasting to help agronomists and professional potato growers become more efficient.

“The app provides total transparency across a crop to the grower, the agronomist and, critically, the client, meaning the best management decisions can be made and the best saleable yield achieved.

“Not only does this help streamline the grower’s business by optimising inputs, labour and storage, it enables them to better meet customer requirements to build robust, long-term relationships.”

For more information, visit crop4sight.com.

 

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