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SoilEssentials showcasing precision farming solution 'Tuberzone' for potato cultivation at BP2019

Precision farming solution 'Tuberzone' by Soilessentials will predict potato yield and tuber size  throughout the season

The SoilEssentials team have worked in lab and in-field to test Tuberzone and now look forward to showcasing it at BP2019. Pictured (l-r) are Kenneth Waring, Jim Wilson and Seonaid Ross of SoilEssentials

October 28, 2019
SoilEssentials Ltd, the award-winning precision farming solutions pioneers, based in Angus, Scotland will be showcasing an innovative new product for potato growers at the forthcoming BP2019, the potato industry event.

Called Tuberzone, this new-to-the-market innovation cleverly tracks and predicts crop yield and tuber size throughout the season helping growers to calculate the optimum time for desiccation, and thus maximising the peak value of seed and salad crops.

Jim Wilson, Managing Director at SoilEssentials:

“Tuberzone is a Precision Farming solution which can not only cut costs, optimise saleable yield and improve resource use efficiency, it is also a whole season process aimed at helping growers, merchants, processors and retailers fulfil market requirements.”

“I believe Tuberzone is the perfect tool for growers who wish to increase financial yields more than physical ones, reduce food waste and have more control of their crop management.”

“Utilising Tuberzone can greatly reduce the number of crop digs required, thus saving the grower time and money, allowing better crop management and ultimately making it easier to meet contract targets.”
Tuberzone utilises GPS, drone and satellite imagery and other remote sensing tools, and in addition to predicting crop yield and size distribution during the growing season, it also gives growers access to management data including spatial soil and water models, crop canopy measurements etc.

Development of Tuberzone in the field began three years ago when SoilEssentials embarked on an ambitious project, supported by InnovateUK and in collaboration with McCain and Grimme. 2018 saw Tuberzone independently verified and validated and therefore ready to provide as a product to commercial potato growers.

Subsequently in 2019 SoilEssentials have partnered with Grampian Growers, a farmer-owned co-operative based on the East Coast of Scotland, and SAC Consulting in a project to further demonstrate the potential benefits of Tuberzone potato technology.

Jim Wilson:

“We are proud of our track record for vigorously proving the benefits of Tuberzone in real cropping situations. This gives me the confidence to bring Tuberzone on to the market, with potentially huge benefits for commercial growers.”

“Challenging projects like these continually push the boundaries in this industry and SoilEssentials stand at the front of the queue to get involved and progress. Our expertise lies where technology and good farming practice merge, providing practical solutions designed primarily with agricultural efficiency in mind.”
Further ongoing developments of Tuberzone are extending its functionality into starch, packing and processing crops.
Companies in this Article
Based in Damme, Germany, Grimme provides a full range of potato harvesters, from single row harvesters to the most sophisticated computer-controlled self-propelled machines. Grimme also manufactures a full range of planting equipment with sophisticated storage and handling equipment.
McCain Foods activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland
SoilEssentials is a company in the United Kingdom focused on providing precision farming solutions. SoilEssentials developed a smart farming application 'Tuberzone' for potato cultivation.
Grampian Grower Limited is a farmers owned cooperative on the East coast of Scotland focused on the production and marketing of seed- and baby potatoes