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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Benefits of Variable Rate Technology

Soils and landscapes vary within a field, so it only makes sense that different areas have varying nutrient requirements as well to achieve optimum crop growth and yield.

Variable rate technology (VR) is not new, but its popularity steadily grows as producers see success with increased yields, lower input costs, and higher profits

The first step in optimizing the land your farming is to understand the physical, biological and chemical make-up of the field. Soil testing in conjunction with high resolution satellite imagery provides the data needed to create zone maps and determine the best application rates based on crop and yield potential.

So, let's take a closer look at the economic and environmental benefits of variable rate seeding and nutrient application

Improved crop yield through proper placement and optimal use of resources. Opportunity is maximized when you can individualize seeding, fertilizer and chemical applications to each different zone in your field.

Reduced inputs are typically realized, saving you money! Not only do you reduce overlap, but VR technology also gives you precise control for exactly what you put in every zone of your field. Why waste fertilizer on areas that may never produce? Zone maps allow you to push the higher producing areas to greater potential and ignore the acres that won't ever produce much at all.

Greater productivity, efficiency and time management. Take the guesswork out of your farming operation by using the data to develop plans ahead of time. Prescriptions for seeding and spraying can be loaded in Operations Center and your equipment before the season even starts.

Better sustainability. Applying the right product, at the right rate in the right place at the right time is important for the long-term health and sustainability of the land. Reducing chemicals per acre can reduce soil damage and increase the lifespan of fields in the long run.

As you evaluate the benefits of having a technology solution like VR you can see it is the direction of the industry and just makes sense to maximize potential and reduce waste. When you apply the right amount of nutrients, combined with the ideal seeding rate you can make the most of each farmable acre while reducing costs.

Advances in technology have allowed for a new level of precision when it comes to crop production, are you ready to take the next step on your operation?

Martin Deerline's Precision Ag team can assist you with soil testing, satellite imagery and zone mapping to customize a seeding and crop nutrition plan for each zone of your field and farm. You also do not have to run out and buy all new equipment. Many of the older model John Deere air seeders and sprayers can be upgraded with variable rate capabilities. Speak with your local Martin Deerline Ag Sales Rep to learn more about Section Command, Section Control and ExactApply

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