Precision farming is one way to accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture. Agricultural practices with scanners can be adapted by farmers to optimize their production, while ensuring a lower environmental impact and reduced carbon footprint.
In collaboration with Agrocares
Why does it matter?
The transition to regenerative agriculture can be done in different stages. Mineral fertilization has an impact on the soil and it can be better controlled thanks to the use of scanners.
How did we solve this?
During this project, technicians used near-infrared (NIR) scanners to create management maps showing soil composition, seeding, herbicides and nutrients that are useful for the farmers. Mineral inputs for crops can therefore be optimised based on the insights provided by the soil scanners during the soil treatment plan. Additionally, optimisation of mineral inputs ensures protection of water resources by reducing leaching into ground or surface water. Scanners are also used for monitoring the crop during the growing season. The project expects to see a reduction in GHG emissions as a result of these best practices. Further project results will be available soon.
Opportunities for other farms?
Soil scanner techniques can be used on farms worldwide to create tailored action plans for farmers. Using scanners provides complete and precise insights on soil health, which helps with planning optimal agricultural practices.
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