Innovation and Technology Today on technology to enhance a history of precision farming at SPH Farm in Colby, KS
“With reasonably obtainable yield goals as a target, the fertilizer is not only applied as needed across the field per data-based recommendations, but also precisely and strategically placed into the soil geometrically. This allows the roots of each plant to reach the bands and best utilize the nutrients. As with all other uses of smart technology in the business world, human brains and ingenuity are ultimately more important. In this case, the Downing family’s keen knowledge of root systems enables the technology to work optimally.
The same John Deere processor that auto steers the machines across the field also controls the machine’s hydraulic driven pumps at variable rates. It can blend different formulations from up to five products, all carried on the machine in separate tanks. The processor takes input from the custom prescription maps and blends the prescribed rates on the go. It also saves and produces “as applied” maps and data that allow Brian and his colleagues to overlay the application maps on top of the harvested crop production maps to study how well the initial decisions came out.”
AG Maps Online talks about the growing role of drones (UAVs) in precision agriculture as "platform + GPS + autopilot & communication + sensor + data processing & integration + legal & operation". Photo Credit below from Ag-Wing