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.

Our services include:

  • A strip-till cultivator being utilised on projects that focus on minimum tillage and polycultural production and its multiple benefits to crop health. This machinery allows cropping directly into stubbles and ‘green understories’, with associated benefits to plant health and protection.
  • Two integrated seeders which, when coupled to the strip-till, allow for one-pass cultivation, drilling and fertiliser/pesticide operations, including co-drilling of multiple crops together.
  • Precision spraying equipment for high-specificity application which allows variable rate treatment of crops with plant protection products, as well as fertilisers, to optimise plant health with minimal product use. This is of significant benefit to any trial involving field-based product screening (e.g. pesticides, fungicides), allowing highly accurate and fully repeatable placement and deployment of test products onto experimental plots, and linking to the Biopesticide Facility at STC.

Contact Details

If you would like more information on these assets, book a tour of our facilities or discuss a potential collaboration with us, please contact:

Dr David George, Director of Science:

Dr Martin McPherson, Director of Innovation & Technology:

Dr Phil Davis Head of Plant Physiology & Lighting:

STC Office telephone:  +44 (0) 1757 268275