CHAP’s precision machinery is housed at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), near Selby.
This machinery will mean that researchers and farmers will be able to trial and test strip-tillage approaches that could benefit their crop and soil health. It will also mean that new plant protection and fertilizer products can be trialled to the highest levels of accuracy.
Our primary focus is on ‘industry need’ and we are used to developing and delivering demonstration projects and innovative technology to farmers and growers, as well as running commercial field trials. Several items of machinery make up CHAP’s precision agriculture unit, all of which are linked to GPS capability. These can be deployed independently or in unison depending on the project, and when coupled to STC’s RTK base station allow all farm operations to be completed with very high and repeatable levels of accuracy. Overall, these items allow us to conduct high-specification field trials covering a range of novel crop practises, as well as high-precision spraying trials to support development of new plant protection products and fertilisers.
This precision machinery is available for hire to ensure repeatable GPS guided trials as part of the ongoing plant health and protection R&D work at STC.