Monday, 17 July 2017 07:55

Putting data to good use

Written by  Mark Daniel
Ravensdown is getting ready to roll out a new set of pasture and benchmarking tools showing planned versus actual nutrient spending over time. Ravensdown is getting ready to roll out a new set of pasture and benchmarking tools showing planned versus actual nutrient spending over time.

Ravensdown is getting ready to roll out a new set of pasture and benchmarking tools designed to enable smarter nutrient decisions by showing planned versus actual nutrient spending over time.

HawkEye will integrate imagery from the air, nutrient input and pasture quality on the ground, and the status of the soil.

The company notes that farmers need help to avoid drowning in a sea of data coming from sensors on irrigators, spreading trucks, soil tests and pasture scanning.

The HawkEye information will offer a farmer insight into the state of a paddock and allow informed decisions.

For example, a map showing soil test results overlaid with the spreading history and the pasture response will enable better nitrogen efficiency. The result might be the use of less nitrogen and better understanding of target time and place of application.

Using an open industry standard such as DataLinker, farmers will be able to export data and mapping elements to GPS or C-Dax devices.

This will allow use of the system to forecast available feed, benchmark pasture production, and map and monitor spreading or spraying.

Also, soil fertility, nitrogen efficiency and environmental performance can be addressed via 24/7 web access and the help of technical experts and field based agri-managers.

www.ravensdown.co.nz

 

More like this

Fert co-op backs farmer water group

Ravensdown chair John Henderson has added the co-op’s weight to a pledge by New Zealand farming leaders to help make our rivers swimmable for future generations.

 
 

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Shrinking minority

This old mutt suggests that if the polls are correct in picking a change of government at the election, then…

No teeth here

Meanwhile, the Hound hears that the supposedly kind, caring, friendly-to-everyone Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is showing none of these qualities…

 

» Connect with Rural News

 
 

Markets

South Island wool sale eases

South Island wool sale eases

The 4700 bales on offer saw a 74% clearance with mixed results, however all prices paid locally are still above…

Wool continues to ease

Wool continues to ease

The 7250 bales of North Island wool on offer saw a 72% clearance with most types easing further.