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How can you remain profitable in the current climate?

As crop production specialists, Hutchinsons has been addressing the issue of farm profitability and resilience amid rising input costs, at a farm-scale level through its Helix Farm network.

Hutchinsons is calling on farmers to visit its stand at LAMMA to find out how this industry-unique initiative can provide growers with 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; and 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 the first stand-alone variable rate drill conversion kit that fits to any standard drill and does exactly what it says on the box, Hutchinsons says – it enables a standard land metered drill to be converted simply and efficiently into a variable rate drill.

How to manage carbon?

The first step is to measure it and only then can carbon be managed, and this is easily done through TerraMap.

TerraMap Carbon is the first ever carbon mapping service to provide the most accurate baseline measurement of both organic and active carbon in the soil and is now available to UK farmers.

How can the carbon measurements be used?

Within the Omnia Carbon management tool it is possible to create different rotation scenarios from types of cropping and variety to stewardship and management practices and see first hand the projected CO2 impact and financial performance for each scenario.

Future services within Omnia will offer the ability to also create potential cropping scenarios 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.

How can I navigate and optimise new environmental legislation?

The switch from direct support to environmentally-focused payments presents massive challenges over 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.

How can I look to improve my nitrogen use efficiency and reduce inputs in an environmentally sustainable but profitable way?

Hutchinsons launched its first Agroecology Helix Farm this spring, that is looking solely at the principles and practices of agroecology across an entire farm. Talk to the team at LAMMA about some of the bigger picture questions.

For more information on these services, Hutchinsons’ Helix farms or any other crop production issues, visit the Hutchinsons stand during LAMMA where technical experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

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