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Precision Agriculture Software Improves Nitrogen Efficiency, Reduces Pollution

corn rowsTwo precision agriculture companies, Agronomic Technology Corp and SST Software, have partnered to offer farmers a more efficient way to apply nitrogen to fields, producing healthy crops while protecting the environment from the negative impacts of nutrient pollution.

“Nitrogen is challenging to manage because it is highly mobile and reactive to numerous environmental factors,” says Steven Sibulkin, CEO, Agronomic Corp. “A large percent of the nitrogen applied to a field that is intended for plant uptake can easily be lost to the atmosphere or infiltrate the water supply. This translates into wasted product application, a loss of yield potential, and environmental pollution.”

Adapt-N is Agronomic Technology Corp’s advanced nitrogen modeling and recommendation software. It takes into account numerous agronomic variables tied to a farm field, such as soil types, nutrient levels, past crops and planting date. Then, the modeling software applies local climate conditions such as rainfall and temperature to create a daily simulation model of how the nitrogen levels have changed across a field and how the changes affect expected yield and profit.

Adapt-N is now integrating with the agX Platform, developed by SST Software, to make the modeling and analysis services readily available to more growers and agronomists. SST Software manages geospatial farm data on more than 100 million acres.

Coupled with GPS, SST’s software applications allow farmers and ag service providers to site-specifically collect, analyze and manage data on their farm fields. A popular application of these services is to derive management zones from geospatial analysis and then vary the rate of applied fertilizer to the zones accordingly.

Earlier this month BASF Crop Protection said between now and 2019 it plans to introduce 45 new products to help growers increase yield potential and grow healthier, more abundant crops.

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One thought on “Precision Agriculture Software Improves Nitrogen Efficiency, Reduces Pollution

  1. Yet another high-tech tools for agriculture to improve both its eco-footprint as well as its bottom line. However, despite the importance of reducing what the EPA calls “nutrient pollution”, I can’t help but think that only large-scale agricultural corporations (i.e. big ag) will be able to afford use of this technology on a widescale basis.

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