Alternatives to soyl

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I'm looking into alternatives to soyl for my variable everything package I currently have with them.

Who's in the market for variable N,P,K, lime, seed, yield maps?
 

Secret Agronomist

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Arable Farmer
I'm looking into alternatives to soyl for my variable everything package I currently have with them.

Who's in the market for variable N,P,K, lime, seed, yield maps?
I do soil sampling with soyl and imagery with agrii/rhiza. Rhiza are more into zoning than grids I think, which means paying to have it scanned the first time but then less sampling cost going forward. I don't know which is better but I use grids for lime and pk. I do some vari rate N but don't do vari rate seed. The grids work well for me as we can have bits that have had a history of strawed carrots so a lot more K in some areas and zones wouldn't pick that up as well I think.
 

Mounty

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Suffolk
Thanks @Cab-over Pete
A real cross section of sampling jobs on at the moment. We still do a lot of grid sampling but doesn't have to be 1ha, can be less intensive (2ha, 4ha grids, split fields) if VR isn't possible for example.
The trend seems to be, less intensity but more detailed analysis or, pin pointing a few specific areas in a field with GPS and monitoring these areas on rotational sampling. Now starting to do this with carbon too.
 

Brisel

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Midlands
I do soil sampling with soyl and imagery with agrii/rhiza. Rhiza are more into zoning than grids I think, which means paying to have it scanned the first time but then less sampling cost going forward. I don't know which is better but I use grids for lime and pk. I do some vari rate N but don't do vari rate seed. The grids work well for me as we can have bits that have had a history of strawed carrots so a lot more K in some areas and zones wouldn't pick that up as well I think.

I haven't used Rhiza, but they don't have to scan the soil unless you ask them to. Their zones are based on soil colour maps from satellite imagery. Of course you can tailor how detailed you want it to be.

I don't know anyone who has used Omnia but it looks good, though I'm a little sceptical as to the capability of their scanner. They wouldn't have it in use without some decent data to back it up - getting the same data from more conventional methods would cost a lot more sampling so you have to weigh up the time & cost benefit against the accuracy.

SOYL are long established and good at what they do.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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