The launch of the digital agronomy brand, Rhiza, aims to provide actionable information to farmers and agronomists, at whatever level of technology suits them, regardless of crop or area farmed.
Bringing together Agrii’s SoilQuest and Intelligent Precision Farming (IPF), Simon Beck, head of digital at Origin Enterprises says growers can often feeling confused by the range of technology available to them, but this new technology aims to make life easier for farmers.
“In its simplest form, our system merely involves logging and automatically transferring geo-referenced field-walking observations to your farm records,” says Mr Beck.
“All you need is a phone or tablet with GPS and the Contour app. You and your adviser use this to record and share information and pictures on areas of poor crop growth, weed patches, disease or anything of interest or concern so you can target management action throughout the season. You can then relate these records to field performance and yield maps to plan future improvements.”
With an image frequency of 1.5 days in every seven, Contour gives real-time field information to make more informed crop management decisions. This includes GAI-based spring nitrogen applications which account for the biomass of the crop on the day N is being applied, rather than from data received every 21 days.
It is the first platform to use radar satellites to deliver crop growth models, including growth stage, leaf and green area index (GAI) and crop biomass information.
Growers opting for advanced packages can use optical satellite imagery to receive regular health reports of their farm which look at crop growth monitoring, yield predictions and variable rate seed and nutrient planning. This gives real-time analytics of the farm, so N applications for example can be planned on the GAI of the field on the day they will be applied.
Hyper-local weather reports use commercial data and information from a large network of weather stations to analyse and predict live risk pressure of BYDV and septoria on a farm-by-farm basis.
Three main levels of service are available to growers, starting at 50p/hectare.