NIAB is to launch NIAB Digital, its new interactive service for farms, to the wider industry at this year’s Cereals Event on June 14th. The service will help farmers and their agronomists map, manage, store, share and compare farm, crop and research data. The package is already available to NIAB TAG members.  

NIAB Digital is powered by the Cambridge-based technology and data science company KisanHub. Its main purpose is to improve farm business performance using data integration and crop decision support tools. Subscribers will be able to access services including digital field mapping, satellite imagery, farm and crop data storage, field-specific weather forecasting and crowd-sourced crop, pest and disease information. Additional services include ActivSmart, an interactive agrochemical product comparison tool, and the Potato Crop Management decision tool, with potato crop yield and quality forecasts and irrigation scheduling.   

Dr Juno McKee, head of crops and agronomy business development at NIAB, says: “Available on PC, smartphone and tablet, NIAB Digital is built on the KisanHub platform of core technologies, which makes it easy to aggregate data from different sources, with simple-to-use dynamic interfaces.

“The Cereals Event will be our first opportunity to showcase the new service, which combines farm records with other datasets so that farmers can make informed day-to-day agronomic decisions. For example, the platform uses farm/field geo-locations to provide hyper-local weather forecasts and collect observations for field activities planning, or it can blend these datasets to provide a risk level for a particular crop disease for proactive spray planning.”

● Among other events at Cereals, NIAB is demonstrating new fungicide chemistry and will display winter wheat and winter oilseed rape variety demonstration plots. NIAB technical director Bill Clark comments: “With a comparison of wheat fungicide programme options in plots and a focus on the value of resistant varieties, we will be providing an independent view on new chemistry, helping UK growers understand how they can and will be put into practice on farm and the economic and agronomic benefits in their use.”