The GlasCore agricultural dashboard has the potential to transform the day to day management of land, according to the Estate Director of a Cornish estate. A single screen of simple to understand data has replaced 2ft by 3ft paper plans that had to be annotated by hand.

The Lanhydrock Estate Company has been using GlasCore for the last six months. The 1,500 acre historical, privately owned estate near Bodmin has a variety of tenants farming potatoes, maize, brassicas, cereals, beef and dairy.

“The GlasCore dashboard has been revolutionary. The Lanhydrock Estate Company is a landowner, not an active farmer, and GlasCore helps me to get a clear overview of the Estate’s land so that I can make strategic decisions,” explains Clare Williams, Director of the Lanhydrock Estate Company.

“Before I started using GlasCore I had to refer to large paper plans, where I used coloured pens to show different parcels of land. Now all of that information – and more – is available on our Estate dashboard. It has saved me so much time.”

Unifying agricultural data from any source

Glas Data has developed the GlasCore dashboard to unify and aggregate agricultural data from a variety of sources, including publicly available data and the landowner’s own data.

“The problem for land managers and landowners has been that the data which will help them manage their land is fragmented, and to access it, they have to look at a number of different sources,” says Glas Data’s Colin Phillipson. “Our aim with the GlasCore dashboard was to draw that data together, so that the land manager just needs to look at one screen to access the information they need quickly and easily.” 

The first step for the dashboard that The Lanhydrock Estate has been using was for Glas Data to import Ordnance Survey data, based on paper maps.

Glas Data worked with Kitty Rose, Strategic Development Manager at Ordnance Survey on the project. Kitty says: “Glas Data has accomplished a vast amount of innovation and development in a relatively short space of time. They have shown what technology can achieve and how it can help landowners and land managers.”

GlasCore in action

With maps and other publicly available data in her dashboard, the next step for Clare Williams was to integrate The Lanhydrock Estate’s data and land management plans. This has enabled Clare to get an overview of the Estate’s land that she has never had before. Each parcel of land is colour coded to show its use, and a quick click can add or remove layers of other data. 

“I’ve used the dashboard in several ways. For example, I can easily see where our wildflower meadows are. We have been working with the Fowey Bee Steward and a bee farmer on the Estate to create and understand bee corridors. The dashboard has also helped us to identify areas for planting woodlands, as it is very easy to visualise how we can link together existing historic woodland with new planting,” explains Clare Williams.

Taking a landscape view

The GlasCore dashboard has also enabled Clare to access information she wasn’t able to use before. 

“I can now look at the Estate’s land and pull up layers on our dashboard to overlay everything from drinking water protected areas and deciduous woodland to soil analysis data. Some of this is information that I could not have looked up before,” says Clare. 

“This is significant because it means that I have a strategic overview of how the Estate interacts with the whole landscape. For too long farmers and landowners have been insular, just thinking about their own land. Being able to make decisions understanding how they will impact on the wider landscape and environment will be transformational.”

The future

Glas Data has plans to develop the GlasCore dashboard further with more functionality including GIS drawing tools, heat map visualisation and satellite maps to track changes to land over time.

“The Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) is due to be introduced in 2024 and GlasCore will be able to help with ELMS reporting requirements. We are working on functionality including geolocation of live sensor and machine data that will allow the user to offer ground truthing and statistical data,” explains Colin Phillipson. 

“Glas Data has achieved so much in a very short space of time,” says Clare Williams. “I’m excited to see what they can achieve over the next few years.”