What Is Precision Farming?
Precision farming, Precision agriculture, satellite farming or site specific crop management (SSCM) is a farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops.
Principles of Precision Farming
The goal of precision farming is to define a decision support system (DSS) for whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources.
We often see crop variations within our fields but still manage them the same….why?? The concept of Precision agriculture is designed to move farmers from blanket field recommendations to within-field, site-specific recommendations using tractors with GPS enabled application equipment.
Our precision farming services combines soil mapping with satellite imagery (satellite farming) to determine the level of variation in soil properties across each one of your fields. We use this information to identify different management zones within each field, and then provide you with recommendations to help you reach maximum potential in each zones. By combining our agronomy experience with crop trials data and the latest precision agriculture techniques, we can help you to push down farming costs and drive up farm profits.
Our precision farming technology is low-cost and very simple to implement, and includes the following:
- Satellite crop monitoring system. Monitor crop performance across your fields using satellite imagery
- Agricultural mapping. Create management zones based on multi-year crop health trends and soil type mapping
- Carry out soil sampling and analysis within each management zone
- Variable rate application. Create variable rate prescription maps lime and fertilizer applications
- Select crop varieties and seed rates based on soil potential
- GIS, GPS and remote sensing for crop management. Identify areas that are under-performing and use our laboratory services to identify nutrient deficiencies and/or disease threats
- Advise on GPS and variable rate equipment set up (seeders/spreaders)
The Benefits of Precision Farming
Determine the optimal conditions for plant growth using sensors and satellite imagery
Use field and remote sensing to continuously monitor your crops. This offers real-time data to help inform decisions
Use technology to help maximize the cost: benefit ration for plant nutrients, crop protection treatments and irrigation.