How can I make my farm business more resilient and remain profitable in the current climate of rising input costs? Crop production specialists, Hutchinsons has been addressing these very issues at a farm-scale level through its Helix Farm network.
The company will be exhibiting at Lamma and is encouraging farmers to find out how this industry-unique initiative can provide practical solutions that bring value to farm businesses in a sustainable and profitable way.
Hutchinsons services and technologies developed and validated at its Helix Farms such as Omnia E- Seed an affordable variable rate drill kit, TerraMap Carbon, the very latest expert agroecological and environmental advice are just a highlight of what is on offer at Lamma.
Omnia E-Seed is said to be the first stand-alone variable rate drill conversion kit that fits any standard drill and does exactly what it says on the box – it enables a standard land metered drill to be converted simply and efficiently into a variable rate drill.
Hutchinsons will also be showing how its TerraMap system can be used to measure carbon. TerraMap Carbon is the first carbon mapping service to provide an accurate baseline measurement of both organic and active carbon in the soil and is now available to UK farmers.
Future Services within Omnia will offer the ability to also create potential cropping scenario’s to calculate costs of production allowing users to make decisions on how to manage both carbon and profit before putting a crop into the ground.
The switch from direct support to environmentally-focused payments presents massive challenges over the coming years. Hutchinsons is helping growers plan the best way forward to benefit from the opportunities available having fully evaluated the many stewardship options across its Helix Farms.
Hutchinsons launched its first Agroecology Helix Farm this spring, which is looking solely at the principles and practices of Agroecology across an entire farm, and visitors are being encouraged to talk about some of the bigger picture questions that the company is looking at.