Precision Agriculture has long been perceived to be "too hard, too complicated or too expensive". This doesn't need to be the case and our goal at AGree is to simplify the complexity and break this perception.
With advancements in modern machinery and guidance, a lot of this precision equipment now comes standard but is often underutilized, and in many cases never used. Yield mapping has been commercially available in modern harvesters since the mid 90's, and many growers have multiple years of yield data stashed away in the top drawer of the office, but haven't made an agronomic decision based on this data. Elevation maps are also recorded with every pass of your equipment when set to "on guidance", but this is rarely used.
The data is already collected by your GPS and equipment software, ready to be used. The information can be analysed, calibrated and layered to produce maps that can be used for Variable Rate Technology (VRT). These are then sent back to the user/farmer ready to use. Once loaded (we can show you how) it is as simple as hitting go on your guidance system and let your equipment take care of the rest. Alternatively, these layered maps can also provide priceless paddock analytics that can assist you in making agronomic management decisions.
“Data enabled Decisions”.
So where do we start?
Begin with a goal in mind. Do you wish to increase your production and yield at harvest time? Do you want to improve the efficiency and placement of your inputs? Start the discussion about how you may be able to achieve your goals and whether these goals align with precision ag capabilities.
Ensure your equipment can accurately record the field work. Nearly all new equipment is precision ag ready and older equipment can be easily updated to suit your needs.
Start with machine and harvest data. It is the easiest to analyse and gives you a massive amount of usable information that you can then build on. Historical imagery can provide a cheap basis if other data is minimal.
Use your field data to control your equipment to maximise yield while minimising costs with tools like Variable Rate and Section control.
Conduct on-farm trials to validate zones and changes made. This helps us quantify the difference precision ag is making to your bottom line.
Where to from there
Agronomic consultation and farm planning
Data collection, processing and analyzing
Topsoil mapping, soil testing and creating management zones
Leaf tissue testing
Prescription map creation - seed, nutrition, trace elements and pesticide application
NDVI imagery for in-crop decision support
Moisture monitoring through soil moisture probes
Localised weather data and climate information through on-farm weather stations
Water flow modelling
Profit, elevation and pH maps
At AGree we can assist in determining the capabilities of your current equipment and the compatability of systems, to ensure maximum utilisation. We can consult on the suitable farm software programs best suited to your operation, to ensure all data is in one accessible platform.