Precision farming connectivity now easier than ever before with Omnia

One of the main sticking points with precision farming has always been moving data from one system or machine to another one. However, with the Omnia Precision Agronomy system this is now easier than ever before.

Exciting collaborations with leading machinery manufacturers such as CLAAS, Väderstad and data management system Muddy Boots with the OmniaHub system, has resulted in faster and more efficient streamlined data connection – than has ever been previously possible.

“This is a significant step change in the way that data is handled for precision farming and we are proud to be at the very forefront of this,” says Oliver Wood, Hutchinsons precision technology manager.”

“For some time now we have been working closely with our industry colleagues to look at how to connect platforms together to transfer data using modern cloud computer systems -which means that the user doesn’t have to handle any data.”

“So in effect the systems are managing the data transfer between them, taking away the need to manually move data from one machine to another, leaving the farmer with more time to look at how the data is being used to improve his farm productivity.”

“We are able to offer this not just through one, but three, different systems,” he adds.

The new connectivity arrangements mean that Omnia users will be able to generate a seamless flow of data from the CLAAS Telematics system straight into Omnia.

Field boundaries can be shared between the two systems and yield maps can be automatically sent to and processed by the OmniaHub system. Users will be able to make crop management decisions as soon as the field is harvested, explains Mr Wood.

“This is a really exciting development as we want customers who own CLAAS machines to have every possible opportunity to use the data our machines produce, and this type of link delivers just that,” says CLAAS UK’s EASY product manager, Edward Miller.

It is also now possible to use the Omnia Connect app with Väderstad E Services drills, he adds.

“Variable rate drilling plans generated in Omnia, or in any other third party system, can be seamlessly transferred to the simple to use Connect app which is connected to a Väderstad drill.”

“So for those customers who do not currently use the ISOBUS functionality on these drills, they will be able to unlock the variable rate potential of their drill using the Omnia Connect system.”

“Implementing variable rate drilling plans is easier than ever before – and anything that makes our customers lives easier at what is often a very busy time has to be welcomed, and we are delighted to be in a position to offer an interface of the Väderstad machines for this” says Pontus Nordfelt systems & components manager for Väderstad.

“The Omnia Connect system is utilising this interface,” he says.

Mr Wood adds that Muddy Boots users will also be able to benefit from the new connectivity developments; it is now possible to seamlessly transfer field and cropping information and field maps between Greenlight Grower Manager and Omnia.

“Information can be changed in one system and it will then be automatically passed to the other – it’s as simple as that.”

“This ensures that information in both platforms are the same and that users aren’t having to spend their time making this the case.”

Paul Thomas, global commercial manager for Muddy Boots farm software, believes that this connectivity will make users more efficient as it will remove double data entry, reducing the risk of differences in data.

“This impressive development means that our customers will have direct and easy access to the mapping and other functionalities within Omnia.” he says.

“Available now these very exciting developments within Omnia offer real time benefits to users such as reduced operator data handling and time savings, thereby increasing efficiency, which has to be welcomed by all users,” says Mr Wood.

 

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About The Author

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.