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Life as a SOYL area manager

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My role as a SOYL area manager is as diverse and varied as some of the farms we work with around the country. As the months of the year change, so too...
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Should I be variably drilling my oilseed rape?

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This is a question I am often asked when discussing plans with growers and my most common response is, "Why wouldn't you?" For me, as with any crop, i...
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Correcting your soil pH

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Sitting here on a Friday, surrounded by colleagues taking calls from lime contractors across the UK, I thought it would be worthwhile to address the i...
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PK timings

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As customers get the combines out, some are also turning their thoughts towards next season and what will need doing for the new crop. Cropping plans ...
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Target applications to maximise protein %

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In what has been a challenging spring for many farmers across the UK, winter wheat crops have come out of it looking well and the potential in many ar...
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Weed mapping

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Weed mapping has been around, in various guises, for some time. For example, it might be in real-time by identifying weeds in the field and directing ...
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The life of a precision applications advisor

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The weather has improved lately and workload for growers and advisors has increased. I am a relatively new member of the crop applications team at SOY...
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Over-winter nitrogen losses and spring N levels

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SOYL have undertaken a nitrogen sampling project at a number of sites across the UK. These sites had a range of differing soil types, allowing us to a...
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Variable rate nitrogen benefits

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There can be confusion around the benefits of variable rate nitrogen. In fact, I was talking to a consultant just this week who is new to precision fa...
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Variable rate nitrogen - A different perspective

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At our recent workshops, I addressed variable rate nitrogen and some of the often 'overlooked' added benefits associated with it.  We have always...
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Technological innovations

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Well, the winter workshop campaign has finished for another year and was hugely successful – it is always a pleasure to tour the country seeing our cu...
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Variable rate plant growth regulators (PGRs)

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SOYL have been conducting trials using variable rate plant growth regulators (PGRs) on both winter oilseed rape and winter wheat. The premise for vari...
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Precision farming and grassland

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Over the past few seasons, SOYL has been developing precision farming services for the grassland industry. Grass is the UK's largest crop and is grown...
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Precision soil management

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Over the past decade the national average wheat yield has remained relatively static at around 8.5 t/ha. However, set this against the biophysical pot...
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Magnesium - the forgotten nutrient?

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At our winter workshops, we discussed the importance of magnesium. It is essential for plant development and occurs naturally in soils across the...
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SOYL Winter Workshop Roundup

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Just a couple of weeks ago, we drew our Winter Workshop series to a close in Hampshire. Our time on the road took us to a wide range of locations acro...
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What is so special about iSOYL?

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We get a huge amount of interest in our iPad app, iSOYL. It is used by over 1,000 customers around the world who find it to be a simple and effective ...
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Compatible iPads for iSOYL

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It is always the first question we get asked when it comes to customer iPads – is mine compatible when it comes to variable rate? It's easy to assume ...
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What is the difference between multispectral & hyperspectral imagery?

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The remote sensing of vegetation is an important tool in the SOYL toolbox, enabling farmers to quickly identify variations in crop biomass and monitor...
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SOYL to conduct UK's largest variable rate nitrogen trial

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Please click here to visit the SOYL website For those of you who have visited one of our Winter Workshops you will have heard about our launch of the ...
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