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Nitrogen Reduction

04/02/2014 @ 10:15am

Nitrogen is one of the most important crop inputs; yet, it is also one of the most complex. It is susceptible to environmental losses, and its effectiveness is impacted by soil types and weather.

To help you more sustainably improve crop yields through better nitrogen management and other field input planning, DuPont Pioneer, the University of Missouri, and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service entered into a three-year agreement that will pool each organization’s work on precision ag sensors and soil mapping, such as characterization of soil types, topography, and watersheds.

Through a computerized process offered by DuPont, the collaboration will result in more accurate soil-mapping units. Enhanced soil maps build on public soil survey data and will support Decision Agriculture Services (by DuPont) to help you make timely decisions to more sustainably improve your yields and per-acre income. 

By using high-resolution elevation data and landscape watershed information, you can better determine water and nitrogen movement on the section and county levels. Together with soil and productivity information, you can more accurately plan, place, and manage nitrogen applications on a real-time basis.

“The question is not if our application of nutrients will be regulated – but when,” says Miami, Oklahoma, farmer Brent Rendel. “Using technology like crop sensors is another way I can show the general public that I am concerned. It’s not just apply, apply, apply, and don’t worry about the runoff. It shows I understand the issue, and am actively trying to do something about it.”

See more at pioneer.com.

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