Technology could unlock British farmland’s full potential



Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Software may now enable British farmers and growers to unlock the full potential of their land by applying the exact nutrients it needs, according to the latest announcement from AHDB. Charlotte Cunningham reports. For the first time, the latest research from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)’s Nutrient Management Guide has been converted to data for software. This means a bespoke plan can now be created for each field, potentially increasing yield from a large number of arable, potato and horticultural crops, helping farmers and growers to decide whether to save or apply fertiliser, manures or slurry to maximise growth. According to the levy board, the development could have significant environmental and cost saving benefits for the industry. “As the population continues to grow, the need to increase the productivity of our land while protecting the environment becomes ever greater. This tool will help support our farmers and growers to do that,” said James Holmes, resource management senior scientist at AHDB. “We’ve spent years developing our Nutrient Management Guide, but there was a gap in the market which this new technology has helped us to fill. Growers and agronomists can now access impartial digital guidance to improve their land…
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