SoilEssentials Ltd

Hilton of Fern, By Brechin,

Angus, DD9 6SB

t: +44 (0)1356 650459

The European Space Agency helps new precision ag product launch

 First launched in 2012, EssentialsMap is an intuitive online farm mapping system allowing customers to manage spatial farm data such as soil sampling, yield mapping and variable rate map production. The new version takes advantage of the wider availability and lower cost of Earth Observation (EO) data to develop this effective online tool. The brand new cloud-based version takes the user into a unique online environment giving unparalleled data retrieval capability and access to imagery. The EssentialsMap development was co-funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) in an integrated applications R&D project named KORE (Knowledge, Observation, Response, Evaluation) and sees several complementary services integrated into a unified farm management solution. EssentialsMap is the first cloud-based farm management system to be integrated with Trimble‘s Connected Farm which allows variable rate application maps to be sent directly to the user’s Trimble console without using a USB stick. SoilEssentials are delighted to have collaborated with ESA alongside satellite data processing experts- Deimos Space UK Ltd and drone solutions company - G2Way.

The  KORE project developed a platform to combine EO imagery from a variety of sources including ESA’s new Sentinel series of satellites, UAV imagery and tractor-mounted sensors to guarantee the availability of remote-sensed data, regardless of weather and cloud conditions. This remote-sensed imagery is captured at a range of scales from centimetre level from UAV’s, 1 to 20 metre for Satellite imagery and tramline width for tractor-mounted sensors. The appropriate EO data is retrieved specifically for the agriculture industry and opens up a new dimension for agronomists and farming companies to increase their land knowledge and offer a unique service to their clients through the EssentialsMap product. Challenging projects like these continually push the boundaries in this fast-moving industry and SoilEssentials stand at the front of the queue to get involved and progress. Managing Director of SoilEssentials, Jim Wilson explains, “Our aim with the KORE project and the new version of EssentialsMap was to create a unique white box web platform for agronomists to rebrand and tailor to their, and their customers’ own needs. We also wanted to dramatically improve the reliability and usability of remote-sensed imagery and we have achieved that with the seamless integration of multiple providers of satellite imagery, UAV images and tractor mounted sensors.”

Michael Lawrence, Business Development Director of Deimos Space UK Ltd tells us “Our experience in managing and processing large volumes of EO data has enabled us to combine EO data and UAV data to feed the analytic tools in the new version of EssentialsMap.”

“By using micro unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) to produce timely high resolution earth surface imagery we support users that require images to observe the key stages of the crop growth cycle,” says Keith Geary, founder of G2Way, “and on the occasions where there are feasibility issues regarding satellite acquisitions due to cloud cover, existing users of EO can also be supported through this avenue.”

Visitors can find SoilEssentials on stand 321 at Cereals and on Avenue Q at The Highland Show where they will be delighted to talk to you and where you have the opportunity to preview this exciting new farm management solution. 

The SoilEssentials expertise lies where technology and good farming practice merge, providing practical solutions designed primarily with agricultural efficiency in mind. With an extensive product and service portfolio, SoilEssentials complement this with their status as authorised Trimble dealer for Northern UK.

Deimos Space UK Ltd, based in Harwell, near Oxford, has extensive experience in design, engineering and systems integration in the aerospace, satellite systems, remote sensing, information systems and telecommunications network sectors and is involved in the majority of ESA programmes including exploration, Earth observation, satellite navigation, launchers and human space flight.

G2Way Ltd is a geospatial technology company based in Nottingham and was created to develop global two-way communications and navigation.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

For further information regarding EssentialsMap please contact Jim Wilson, Managing Director on 01356 650459 or email:


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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