Precision technology specialist LH Agro has confirmed that a range of its Topcon systems is eligible for grant funding through the government’s Farming Investment Fund.
The company announced that the cost of the following equipment can be offset using the grant:
- Topcon CropSpec canopy sensors: £11,250 grant funding
- Topcon sprayer ECU (section and variable rate controller): £1,850 grant funding
- Topcon yield monitoring ECU (for combines and root crop harvesters): £1,850 grant funding
- Manure spreader ECU (section and variable rate controller): £1,250 grant funding.
“At a time when input prices such as fertiliser are at an all-time high, it’s pleasing to be able to announce that financial assistance is available to reduce the cost of investing in an array of precision farming equipment which can help to reduce input usage,” explained LH Agro managing director, Richard Reed.
“The time and money-saving benefits of RTK and GPS enabled auto-steering and implement guidance systems are well documented, with improved accuracy and reduced drilling overlaps and misses at the crop establishment phase a given,” Mr Reed added. “But precision farming technologies can also improve the accuracy of fertiliser and spray applications later in the cropping calendar, with real-time crop sensors such as Topcon’s CropSpec system (now available at a starting price of just over £1,000) enabling growers to ensure fertiliser inputs are applied at the right rate, the right time and in the right place.
“Aftermarket sprayer control ECUs and manure spreader controllers which add variable rate and section control capabilities to existing implements can also improve farm production efficiencies, as can aftermarket yield monitors which feed vital harvest information back into the farm manager’s office.
“We’re pleased to see that the Government recognises the value and benefit of these technologies and look forward to working with farmers to take advantage of this latest grant scheme.”
For more information go to www.lh-agro.co.uk