A host of new features has been added to Xarvio’s Field Manager software package – helping to improve agronomic decision-making from drilling to harvest.
Growers now have access to more advanced crop management features – including buffer zone maps that automatically prevent nutrient applications where run-off or leaching risk is high; and the ability to run and assess on-farm trials.
Management zones allow the protection of environmental strips; and a new field notes feature allows growers to accurately record, image, and pinpoint the location of issues, such as weeds, in any given field.
BASF solutions and services manager Louis Wells says the new features are based on user feedback, so they add add real value to farm businesses. “It’s really exciting how quickly Xarvio is developing,” he says.
Xarvio Field Manager supports decision-making for more than 45,000 farms across Europe – covering more than 3m hectares of arable land. They include some 2,500 UK farmers who have signed up since its launch18 months ago.
Norfolk farmer David Hurn, of E&M Hurn, tried Xarvio Field Manager for the first time last year. He grows root vegetables
and combinable crops at Terrington St Clement, King’s Lynn, in collaboration with neighbour David Means of DS Means Ltd.
“I knew I needed to start digitising my business and was looking for a suitable platform,” says Mr Hurn. “I wantedsomething cost effective that would add value but wouldn’t require duplicating data input.”
After researching the options, Mr Hurn chose Xarvio. “It’s comprehensive, easy-to-use and has good cross terminal compatibility, making it ideal for smaller farming businesses like mine.”
Mr Hurn has linked Field Manager to his two Arable Lab weather stations. He has used it to plan crop input timings on a field of winter wheat – and also uses the Xarvio Scouting app.
“We’ve found the disease and growth stage forecasts to be very accurate,” says Mr Hurn. “If all goes to plan, we’ll be using the new variable seed rate functionality, together with the crop protection.”
Mr Hurn uses the Scouting app whenever out crop walking to help identify and record weeds and diseases. He then transfers the digitised information into Field Manager to help plan crop protection applications.
“Going forward this sort of information is almost certainly going to be required to justify the use of crop protection products – and for fulfilling criteria around traceability and integrated pest management.”
BASF says Field Manager and Scouting are simple and intuitive to use. But they are also highly sophisticated tools – fuelled by a massive amount of data and driven by 150 computerised models to generate precise agronomic recommendations.
This makes for a powerful combination, says Xarvio head of agronomy Bjoern Kiepe. “Deep learning and artificial intelligence are not buzzwords – they are what drive our phenology models and buffer zone concepts.”
Growers need to input very little information to get the best from Xarvia, says Mr Kiepe. This data is then merged with satellite information, soil maps, high-density infection and weather data. In turn, this is then used to deliver agronomic information and data-driven insights.
Mr Kiepe says the future for Xarvio lies in even more sophisticated data analysis. This will see data sliced, diced, aggregated and pivoted – enabling deeper insights for growers and more advanced integrated crop management.