Data and technology firm, Yagro is inviting arable farmers to take part in its Tech Check scheme, after being awarded a Government grant to improve productivity through better use of software on England’s farms.
Completely free of charge, Tech Check gives an independent review to ensure farmers are using the best software to suit their farming business.
The service begins with a simple 25-minute survey to assess current technology practices, across precision farming; crop management; compliance; accounting; procurement; benchmarking and marketing software.
Within a week, Yagro’s network of independent technologists, ADAS’ Daniel Kindred ADAS, James Bolesworth from CRM Agri, Bryony Parker from BP Business Consulting, independent benchmarking consultant Giles Blatchford, and Yagro’s Daniel Jolly, will produce a tailor-made report that gives recommendations for where growers should be focussing their software adoption.
Yagro’s Kat Smith says: “In this world of exploding technology services we see there is no central player in the UK for farms to get clear, independent advice and insight on what to use. This greatly limits adoption. We believe that with greater transparency, support and access farms can make the most of these new technologies.”
This winter Yagro held discussion groups and one-to-one sessions for farmers looking over their technology adoption across the business.
Ms Smith says: “We found high rates of adoption in precision agriculture tools, whereas benchmarking remains poorly adopted despite a clear message from those who do use these tools, that it has resulted in great impact on farm decisions and performance.
“Following our assessment and recommendation, each business was able to lay out a clear plan of action to advance their benefit from on-farm technology.
“The feedback has been clear. There is a need for impartial, expert support on farm to help navigate the rapidly changing technology landscape – in a way which delivers the most value on farm.”