SoilEssentials Ltd

Hilton of Fern, By Brechin,

Angus, DD9 6SB

t: +44 (0)1356 650459

enquiries@soilessentials.com

DESPERATELY SEEKING FIELDS FOR INNOVATE UK PROJECT

SoilEssentials are now seeking growers (in England and Wales in particular now) who could offer further fields for sampling. The grower will receive, free of charge, results for pH, Nutrients, C%, P, K, Mg, Ca and Na with the knowledge that they will be helping to provide vital information to the project.

At Cereals event next month, on stand number 337, SoilEssentials staff will also be actively engaging with people to come on board with the project. Soil Sampling team manager Alison Easson explains “we are now into Year two of this three-year project and my role is to manage the soil sampling of 500 fields across the UK, over the next 12 - 18 months. It’s no small task and SoilEssentials are sampling fields the length and breadth of the UK to get the range of results that make this project robust. It’s a continuous process finding the fields and so I am appealing to growers, farmers, agronomists, and land owners get in touch and be involved in improving the UK’s soil health."

This Innovate UK funded project is a collaboration between commercial companies and researchers. 

Scottish Agronomy is the leading organisation in Scotland devoted to the provision of unbiased arable advice to farmers. It was established in 1985 as an Industrial and Provident Society (Co-operative) by a group of progressive arable farmers. The objective of the Society is to produce, gather, interpret and disseminate technical information solely for the benefit of the membership.

Barfoots grow, process, pack and market a range of semi-exotic produce, with a quality and freshness that is second to none. Established in the early 1970’s by Peter Barfoot, the family business has grown to employ over 200 people. Their existing customers include the major supermarkets within the UK and leading national restaurant chains.

SoilEssentials are the award-winning, leading Scottish precision agriculture specialists providing integrated solutions through the seasons to make a farmer’s life easier and more profitable by farming smarter. They also have Trimble authorised dealer status for Northern UK and blend this with a complementary portfolio of products and services of their own.

The James Hutton Institute, (JHI) supported by James Hutton Ltd combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these. It employs more than 500 scientists and support staff, making it one of the biggest research centres in the UK and the first of its type in Europe.

SRUC (Scotland's Rural College) delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The soil science and systems research group within SRUC has an extensive track record of soils research in the UK. JHI and SRUC have state of the art infrastructure for successful delivery of their project-specific objectives such as laboratories for nematology, soil physics and molecular biology, glasshouses, and experimental farms.

In the first instance, to talk through how you can get involved, please contact Alison Easson by email: alison@soilessentials.com or call 01356 650459. We look forward to hearing from you.

   News

The Courier Business Awards are approaching and the shortlist of finalists have been published today.

It's easy to forget when harvest is beginning in earnest about ordering your soil sampling.

The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, is currently undertaking a study of 'farmer adaptation and global engagement' in Angus and Skye/Lochalsh.

To kick off the Summer Show season we're giving you the opportunity to enter our competition to 'Win the Gin!' We want to showcase precision agriculture at its best, so looking for images that best illustrates farming operations through the seasons with your Trimble Agriculture kit.

A consortium of partners both academic and industry are developing a unique test to measure soil quality, linking the nematode populations and communities with nutrient, texture, structure and other key soil attributes. This test will identify long-term soil health problems across fields, problems which could be improved to give greater crop yields.

Edinburgh is hosting the 11th ECPA (European Conference on Precision Agriculture) this summer, 20 years since it was first held in the UK. This promises to be the world's premier precision agriculture event in 2017.

Celebrations were in order with another prestigious accolade at the Scottish Rural Awards last Thursday evening.

Our Managing Director Jim Wilson is currently in New Zealand covering both islands over the course of his 3-week visit.

Book your free place at the Valuing your Soils: Benefits of Precision Agriculture is a workshop being held at director Robert Ramsay's farm - West Mains of Kinblethmont - on 23 February.

Read our current edition of EssentialsNews here.

This week saw the first of three training sessions for our customers - 'Getting more from your Trimble screens'. The technical team headed to Dingwall today to kickstart their programme using the Dingwall & Highland Mart as their base.

SoilEssentials scoop Rural Impact Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards

It was announced today that SoilEssentials have made the shortlist, one of three Angus companies, in the Rural Business Category of The Courier Business Awards 2016.

SoilEssentials Ltd, the leading, award-winning, Scottish precision agriculture specialists based at Hilton of Fern, near Brechin in Angus ran a competition at The Royal Highland Show this year for one lucky participant to win a precision agriculture guidance and steering system, courtesy of global agriculture specialists, Trimble.

Our customer - Douglas Stephen, Crop Services (Scotland) Ltd - features in the newly released July edition of Farmer's Guide this week. An interesting read on pages 36-40.

Make stand 232 a must-see for anyone interested in precision agriculture. As well as a range of Trimble products and the complementary range of SoilEssentials' own portfolio, the company are launching the next phase of their popular EssentialsMap product. This development project which is co-funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), supported by Deimos Space UK and integrates drone solutions by G2Way. EssentialsMap is a customised precision ag portal for agronomists and farmers, giving access to precision ag data to manage your business and customers more effectively.

Once again we will be at Cereals supporting Trimble on their stand as well as hosting our own stand to launch a preview of the development happening with our product - EssentialsMap.

More information just added! See the latest in precision ag technology, hear about new developments and speak to our staff to find out how SoilEssentials can support your farming operations.

SoilEssentials Ltd, the leading, award-winning, Scottish precision ag specialists based at Hilton of Fern, near Brechin in Angus have chosen Cereals and The Highland Show to launch the new version of their product EssentialsMap.

Make a date in your diary for the next LEAF Technical Day on Thursday 9 June at the James Hutton Institute's Balruddery Farm, Invergowrie, DD2 5LJ. Free entry, food and refreshments will be served.

Trade-up your screen with Trimble and take advantage of great deals

We are looking for a PRECISION AGRICULTURE PROJECT MANAGER/AGRICULTURAL RESEARCHER - are you the person we are looking for?

Here is a link to our latest newsletter with a seasonal flavour.

Join us at LAMMA'16 on 20th and 21st January for our first Show of the New Year.

We have been informed of a satellite frequency change which will effect most of our Trimble customers. The change will affect all customers using the RTX RangePoint, CenterPoint and xFill services.

We have recently produced a new pocket guide to introduce SoilEssentials with some of our key products alongside a range of the most popular precision ag products from Trimble.

SoilEssentials are delighted to be hosting three Customer Training Days in early December located throughout Scotland. These will be held at the Doubletree Hilton, Dundee, Kelso Showground (BUAS Springwood Park) and SRUC Craibstone on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Third year agriculture students from SRUC in Aberdeen descended on Sales Director Robert Ramsay's farm at West Mains of Kinblethmont this week.

Autumn will always be a special time of year for Jim Wilson who farms at Hilton of Fern, near Brechin. For it was while he was sitting on his combine harvester in the autumn of 1996 and looking out over the field, that he came up with the idea for a new business.

Today, the last day of September, SoilEssentials welcomed 18 Danish agricultural advisers, led by Mr Ivar Ravn, Director of the Department of Cereals at SEGES (merger of the former Knowledge Centre for Agriculture and the Danish Pig Research Centre), to Hilton of Fern.

Did you know you can have a Trimble steering solution consisting of the CFX-750 display, EZ-Pilot assisted steering system on the RangePoint RTX correction service for ?5500?

Cutting edge farming technology and research will be showcased in Edinburgh at the 11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture in July 2017. Scotland's Rural College, the British Society for Animal Science and SoilEssentials Ltd worked together to ensure the capital city was the chosen venue and will now collaborate on organising the event itself.

One thing we like to do here at SoilEssentials is talk Precision Ag - and that's exactly what we did with a tailored training day for SRUC/SAC Consulting at Robert's farm at West Mains of Kinblethmont.

SoilEssentials were delighted to receive a Silver Award from the The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland at the recent Royal Highland Show

It was harvest time in the late 1990?s and Jim Wilson was on the combine harvester while realising the yield in that particular field was not consistent throughout. The field had had the same treatment overall, yet there were obvious differences.

Join over 25,000 farmers, agronomists and industry suppliers at Cereals 2015, the industry's leading technical event and discover the latest arable innovations, information and insight.

We are proud to be celebrating our 15th anniversary and look forward to welcoming friends, customers - existing and new, to our stand again.

For a limited time we are offering this popular guidance display at this special price which includes the upgraded AG15 antenna and suction cup. Enter the world of precision agriculture easily and affordably with this great system for basic guidance to make your farming operations easier in any season.

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and versatile individual to join our technical department within the role of FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN.

The next event on our calendar is the PF2015 show at Newark Showground on Wednesday 4 March 2015.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Manterra as a dealer of Trimble and SoilEssentials precision farming equipment in the Yorkshire area and are excited about the prospect which will see Manterra offering some real, local focus and high level solution expertise.

Book your sampling now, don't leave it too late and jeopardise your forthcoming yields.

Our own comfy stand

Join us at Cereals 2014

Last Minute FmX RTK Deals Available

Jim is speaking and exhibiting at this event today.

We will be supporting a farmers event in The Thistle Hotel in Inverness on Wednesday night.

Jim and Phil and maybe more will be manning the stand. This show could be quite exciting, we have some new things to show you.

Details of stand site at LAMMA 2013

Details of Jim's recent trip to a GPS Conference in China as part of a UK Trade Delegation

Society of the Chemical Industry Conference Bracknell

Book your soil sampling now - Know your land and save on unnecessary inputs!

As part of a British trade delegation Jim is currently visiting China.

Jim attends interview in London as part of Nuffield Bullock Award assessment.

Yorkshire Office Now Open.

There is still time to contact us if you are thinking about a Trimble autopilot system for this coming harvest.

Lamma Show

Precision farming specialist Soilessentials has launched EssentialsNet, a GPS correction service which will enable farmers to enjoy the benefits of increased fieldwork accuracy from RTK guidance without the need for their own base station.

Trimble have just launched the new CFX-750 colour touch screen - a great step forward for precision agriculture.

Soilessentials becomes Northern UK Trimble Dealer.

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