Staff from Vaderstad UK, Adama UK and Farmers Guide gathered at Hintlesham Hall, near Ipswich in Suffolk this week for the presentation of the Farmers Guide ‘Awards for Excellence’. Vaderstad UK won the ‘Machinery’ category for the company’s SeedEye automated seed calibration system, and crop protection company Adama UK won the ‘Arable’ category for the WaterAware App, part of its WaterAware initiative.
Machinery manufacturer Vaderstad UK and crop protection company Adama UK became the first recipients of the Farmers Guide ‘Awards for Excellence’ at a ceremony held near Ipswich this week (9th February 2016).
The Awards, which included a ‘Machinery’ and an ‘Arable’ category, were created by Ipswich-based national magazine Farmers Guide to specifically highlight excellence within the industry during 2015; and were presented to Vaderstad for its SeedEye automated seed calibration system and Adama UK for its WaterAware App.
Speaking at the event, and presenting the award to Vaderstad managing director Michael Alsop, was Farmers Guide machinery editor David Williams. He said that the SeedEye, which is planned to be commercially available to UK growers in March, would save farmers considerable time and effort when it came to establishing crops in future.
“The SeedEye really caught the imagination when it was launched to the press last summer in Germany,” commented David. “Traditionally, setting up a drill is a time consuming and sometimes mucky activity; and involves working out the thousand grain weight (TGW) of the seed before calibrating the drill to ensure it achieves the required number of seeds per square metre.
“Even then, different seed batches and weather conditions can affect seed flow through the drill,” pointed out David.
However, Vaderstad’s SeedEye, he said, removes the need for the weighing and calibration process. Instead, using infrared technology, it counts every seed passing through each seed tube, so that the drill metering system achieves the desired plant population, while compensating automatically for factors such as uneven ground, the weather and variable seed size.
Also, because it self adjusts, the SeedEye can easily achieve variable rate seeding to optimise for field conditions when working with soil maps, continued David.
“The SeedEye has huge potential; it’s simple to operate, it can greatly improve the accuracy of seed placement compared with traditional drill systems, it will optimise crop development and save operators a lot of time. It’s a worthy winner of the inaugural Farmers Guide Awards for Excellence,” he concluded.
Farm machinery manufacturer Vaderstad UK won the Machinery category of the Farmers Guide ‘Award for Excellence’ at a ceremony at Hintlesham Hall on Tuesday. Pictured (left to right) are machinery dealership P Tuckwell’s managing director, Paul Tuckwell; Vaderstad UK marketing manager, Andy Gamble; Vaderstad UK managing director, Michael Alsop and Farmers Guide machinery editor, David Williams.
Farmers Guide arable editor, Dominic Kilburn presented the Arable category award to Adama marketing manager Alison Bosher for the company’s WaterAware App – a device to help farmers, agronomists and sprayer operators prevent key pesticides entering and polluting water supplies.
Designed as a decision support tool, and in collaboration with Farming Online’s Peter Griffiths, the App alerts the user to the potential risk of pollution due to the current and forecast weather and soil conditions and provides operators with a simple ‘Yes/No’ guide with regard to the timing of an application.
Dominic said that he had been impressed with the company’s WaterAware initiative, first launched in 2014, and that the WaterAware App was the “icing on the cake” for an initiative designed to support sustainable crop protection solutions which are coming under increasing pressure from the Water Framework Directive.
“The WaterAware App, in my mind, is a further example of Adama’s broader commitment to product stewardship and promoting the responsible use of current chemistry,” he commented. “And, if it can play even a small part in an overall strategy in reducing exceedances of pesticides in water, and helps maintain key OSR herbicides such as metazachlor, carbetamide and propyzamide in the farmer’s crop protection armoury now, and in the future, then it will have been a success.”
Crop protection company Adama UK won the Arable category of the Farmers Guide ‘Award for Excellence’ at a ceremony at Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich on Tuesday. Pictured (left to right) are Adama UK’s Rob King, Jo Hams, Alison Bosher and Abbie Bieny; and Farming Online’s Peter Griffiths.