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Farm Yield Network ASSIST - Get Involved

An opportunity has arisen for farmers to get involved in the Farm Yield Network Assist! Please read on to find out more…

Farm Yield Network ASSIST (www.assist.ceh.ac.uk/) is a five-year research programme funded by the UK Research Councils and supported by the farming industry. Its aim is to develop and test innovative, sustainable farming systems to increase the efficiency of UK farming, and improve its resilience to environmental change. ASSIST is co-led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (https://www.ceh.ac.uk/), an independent, not-for-profit research organisation.

Precision yield data provides valuable information on the limitations on crop yields within fields and the effectiveness of management practices to overcome these. It can also be used for cost-effective location of agri-environment schemes and resource protection. ASSIST is currently running a pilot scheme to develop techniques to automatically collect, clean and analyse large volumes of precision crop yield data across the UK. We have also designed data analysis routines to identify consistent patterns in the yield data and link these to a range of bio-physical factors at the field and landscape scale, including soil moisture, microtopography, shading from hedges, diversity of crop pollinators and climate variables etc.

Based on the results of this pilot we now want to expand this network to provide wider benefits to the farming industry.

What we want to do:

1) Establish a network of leading farmers explore consistent patterns in crop yield data and link these to bio-physical attributes, such as soil moisture, microtopography, climate data etc.;

2) Work with farmers to develop simple and intuitive reporting of precision yield data to give them the information they most need;

3) Ultimately, provide an anonymised*, real-time yield monitoring network to measure the impacts of factors such as droughts and pest outbreaks on crop yields across the UK.

Why should you get involved?

  • De-mystifying precision yield data;
  • No fuss, no hassle collection of data via cloud services, such as Claas Telematics™ or similar;
  • Cleaning of the yield data for your farm;
  • Bespoke analysis of crop yield patterns and bio-physical factors for sample fields on your farm.

Getting involved:

  • Contact Professor Richard Pywell (rfp@ceh.ac.uk) at Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on how to get involved;
  • Invite CEH to share your yield data via the cloud.

*Note that under no circumstances we will not pass on your data to third parties and we will always protect the anonymity of the participants. As a Government-funded research organisation we adhere fully to GDPR legislation. We are happy to sign non-disclosure agreements with participants if required

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