New appointment boosts Hutchinsons precision team

Crop production specialists Hutchinsons have appointed Lewis McKerrow as digital farming manager.

Mr McKerrow will join Hutchinsons’ Precision and Field-based IT team to provide technical, IT and services support to the regional agronomy teams and their clients in Scotland and northern England.

As part of the precision farming team, Mr McKerrow will help to optimise the planning, development and implementation of Omnia Nutrition, Omnia Precision and Omnia Connect. He will be a key member of the IT Innovation Strategy Group to ensure that the future development of Hutchinsons Field Based IT Systems continues to lead the sector.

Mr McKerrow has a farm management background, followed by more than 10 years of experience as a successful agronomist. Since 2012 Mr McKerrow has led a precision technology team, with responsibility for precision farming initiatives including mapping, sampling, digital information delivery, weather stations, decision support and technology management throughout the arable, vegetable and fruit sectors. 

“It’s an exciting time to be joining such a dynamic, forward-thinking and innovative business as Hutchinsons and I am very much looking forward to being part of their technology team. My aim is to help develop the next generation of digital solutions, that will support and provide vital insight into the future of crop production for our clients and our agronomists. It is essential that such new technology delivers real value to both farmers and agronomists and ultimately ensures that our clients are able to farm more sustainably and profitably for the future.”

“These are dynamic times for our industry, therefore planning for the future is challenging.  The Hutchinsons business is fully committed to continued investment in the development of innovative but practical technologies, systems and crop management services for our growers and our agronomists. We are delighted that Lewis is joining us to help us develop and deliver this vision for the future,” says managing director, Andrew McShane.

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.