A five-year satellite imagery archive will become available to all UK growers to aid decision making by assessing past crop growth trends from above.
The precision farming technology producers SOYL made the announcement at this year’s CropTec event, and means growers can now view five years of imagery which they can use to assess trends and consider the potential impact on field yield when making nitrogen decisions.
Commercial director, Simon Parrington explains how this could help with managing a crop of wheat showing stress in certain parts of the field.
“The imagery archive now allows growers to look back three years to when the field was last in wheat and see if the same problem occurred before. They can also view what happened later in that last season of wheat all the way to final yield.”
SOYL, which was the first company to use satellite imagery on a large scale in UK farming, has connected its archive of satellite data with MySOYL, a cloud-based precision data platform which is available to growers for an annual payment of £250.
SOYL also upgraded weed mapping and feature logging functions within iSOYL so that these can both be managed directly from the tractor cab via the iSOYL app.
Growers can run variable rate applications using an iPad and SOYL’s iSOYL app, which has reduced the cost of getting started with precision farming.
“For less than £1,000 a spreader, sprayer or drill can be setup,” says Mr Parrington. “iSOYL is compatible with the majority of brands and models of kit.”