“Sectormentor helps us run our business effectively.
It’s a management tool for out in the field, the more data I have about what’s going on in the vineyard the better I can do my job. It’s simple, you just record the things you need.”
Will Davenport, Davenport Vineyards, UK
How will Sectormentor help your farm?
Help you make informed decisions:
Have up-to-date information about your crop this year
Use the data from this year and previous years, combined with your knowledge and experience, to make more informed decisions
Use Sectormentor to record careful observations which allows you to catch problems early.
Quick and easy information gathering:
The apps just have a few big buttons so anyone can add information easily
Contactless tags make adding information very easy
Paperless record keeping
Build a resilient business handed down from generation to generation:
Really learn what works and doesn’t work on your farm with a good set of historical evidence
Anyone can know exactly what happened to a crop
All data collected is easy for anyone to look at and understand, unlike info in soggy notebooks
“I’m not into new technology, but Sectormentor is a really easy system to use. It’s labelled really clearly and there are only a few options, so you know what you are doing and can enter your data in quickly. No complications.”
Ben, Assistant Winemaker, Davenport Vineyards, East Sussex
What is Sectormentor?
1. Watch this video for a quick overview of why we created Sectormentor and how it works (and read below for new features we have added):
Extra tip: You don’t need RFID tags on every plant. e.g. Davenport Vineyards only use around 50 RFID tags for 20,000 vines.
2.What does Sectormentor provide you with?
In the field:
Easily add any info & photos in a few seconds. Use RFID tags to quickly identify a location
Very customisable setup, so you record exactly what you want
Works offline, you don’t need WIFI or 3G to record data
Requires very little training – just a few pointers and you are off
You can record information on different scales: so by row, or tree, or at the field-level etc.
Single entry system – greatly reduces human error and provides information you can trust
Back at the office:
Have all your photos and records in one place
Graphs for easy analysis and to draw out insights from your data (examples here)
Download your data into spreadsheets for further analysis
Farmer’s use photos to record issues with frost damage and disease pressures.
This graph shows the health of vines grouped by variety, in the second week of September.
A view of the dashboard where you access all your data and photos collected in the field.
This graph helps determine when to harvest different varieties, showing how grape sugar increases over time.
3. How does it work?
“Anyone can enter information about what’s been done and anyone can see what has been done which is important for small teams like ours.”
Will Davenport, Vintner at Davenport Vineyards, UK
A smart and simple solution to know important information from the field
Some farmers have collected information for years on paper and then entered it in a spreadsheet back at home, or tried to find that information again in endless notebooks. Many others saw this as too time-consuming, it just wasn’t worth it! With our system that is no longer true – it is now so quick to collect information that it is worth it for everyone.
Case Studies: How are different farmers using it?
The team record the pruning weights from sample vines to determine how vigorous growth is. Back in the office they use Sectormentor to look at weights to decide if they need a second pruning, or if they should add more compost in specific areas. Good data, combined with their years of knowledge, ensures they do all they can to produce high quality organic grapes. Read more here.
Davenport vineyards, 25 acres, East Sussex, UK
Each year after the frost a few hundred olive trees would dieback, but we didn’t know if it was the same ones each year – we were paralysed to help the trees. Thanks to Sectormentor we now have 2 years of data for each tree and are using it to help us decide how to prune and care for trees on a tree-by-tree basis.
vidacycle, 8000 olive trees, Maule Valley, Chile
The PFLA (Pasture Fed Livestock Association), and soils advisor Niels Corfield, are working with farmers to develop simple on-farm soil assessment, so farmer’s can judge their own soil health. They use Sectormentor so that farmers find it easy to record all this data. Ian Boyd, pictured here, was the first farmer to start using this. Read more here.
Lower Whittington Lodge Farm, 300 acres, mixed arable, Cotswolds, UK
Will Davenport and his team have been collecting data for years but it was confined to scruffy notebooks and only typed up a few months later. Last year he used Sectormentor to record number of flowers per vine in early June, and that same day he had what turned out to be pretty accurate prediction of his yield 5 months before harvest, helping him plan and have his harvest run smoothly.
Davenport vineyards, 25 acres vines, East Sussex, UK
Interested in this for your farm?
We aim to price Sectormentor so that it’s fair for all size farms. Please contact us for exact prices.