Omnia hits 1000 users

Omnia the revolutionary precision agronomy software tool launched by Hutchinsons in 2014 has just registered its 1000th user.

Adam Silvester of WA Silvester Ltd, Dunhampton Farm, near Droitwich in Worcestershire signed up to Omnia’s current free access offer and as the 1000th registered user, now finds himself in the lucky position of having won a year’s free use of the entire Omnia system.

Omnia is a web based decision support platform that imports new and existing field data from multiple sources using multi-dimensional analysis- which is what makes it unique. Omnia is available through 3 different service levels:

  • Omnia Access  which is a free service offering growers customised farm mapping and local weather data
  • Omnia Field manager which is reporting software providing cropping plans, soil analysis results, plus nutrient & fertiliser requirements for each field, along with the necessary NMAX calculations
  • Omnia Precision which offers Unrivalled analysis of information from a variety of sources, allowing intelligent and informed decisions for a whole range of variable input applications at sub-field level

Farming 550ha’s of combinable crops, alongside a suckler herd, Mr Silvester is no stranger to precision farming. “Back in 2008 we started to use the John Deere guidance system which was then linked to Gatekeeper. We then moved onto yield mapping and began variable rate applications of P&K.”

“We have also tried variable rate nitrogen, but with mixed results, although it certainly helped to tick all the necessary boxes for compliance.”

Having seen a demo of Omnia at an open day last year, Adam was interested in finding out more as he liked the fact that its possible to build up different layers of sub field information, and that the system was easy and intuitive to use.

“We have a new Sumo DTS drill which has been unlocked for variable rate applications so the plan is to build up mapping layers within Omnia that will allow us to generate more accurate variable rate maps.”

Now that he has a years’ free access to the system, Adam is looking forward to trying the various other tools available through Omnia  such as the recently launched climate module, cost of production and yield performance mapping. He will work through this with his Hutchinsons agronomist Jenny Lee.

Development timeline“Over the last 6 years, Omnia has led the way in bringing new innovative tools to market that help growers and agronomists use precision farming  to make meaningful management decisions on farms – be that for large arable units or on smaller mixed farms,” says Nick Strelczuk, precision technology specialist for Hutchinsons, who introduced Mr Silvester to Omnia.

“The intention behind Omnia was to bring precision farming and agronomy closer together, and move away from the traditional concept of precision farming as a  data collection tool –  and we very much believe that this has been achieved. The work doesn’t stop here; we look forward to launching our next exciting development later this year.”

 

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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.