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Share of farm holdings that use precision farming techniques in England 2019, by type

Approximately a quarter of responding English farm holdings used variable rate application techniques in October 2019. During the representative survey, it was found that the most widespread technique among responding holdings was weighting of livestock to measure growth rates. Least widespread were the use of automated heat detection systems, and the use of controlled traffic farming.

Variable rate application

The opposite of variable rate application (VRA) is uniform application. In uniform application a material, for example fertilizer or herbicide, is spread in equal measures over the entire area of application. In variable rate application, factors such as precise locations or qualities of an area are taken into account to reduce or increase the material application as needed. This can happen via sensor based VRA where the application happens in real time based on sensor input or in a pre-planned form via map based VRA.

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

October 2019

Number of respondents


Special properties

Farming holdings*

Supplementary notes

* The source notes: "These holdings were targeted by farm type and size to ensure a representative sample."

** The number of respondents varied by technique:
Soil mapping 2156
Yield mapping 2035
Variable rate application 2064
Telemetry (remote measuring) 1977
Controlled traffic farming 1968
Breeding indices or estimated breeding values 1792
Regular weighing to measure livestock growth rates 1893
Automated heat detection systems 1632
Pasture measurement (e.g. plate meters, probes)1793

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