Prescriptive farming moving beyond fertility
Prescriptive farming is moving beyond nutrient management.
AMVAC retail channel precision ag services lead Caleb Schultz says growers tend to associate variable rate applications with fertilizer.
“That’s been around a long time (and) is kind of where everyone’s mind goes, fertilizer and then seed really. But my role here is to help retailers think about this new realm of products in either yield protection or yield optimization.”
He tells Brownfield that still includes fertility products in variable rate scenarios.
“But things like insecticides, that’s a whole new kind of realm for them to think about. So we’re trying to provide some resources for them to understand and think about how to target those specifically in zones instead of just doing blanket treatments.”
Schultz says DNA soil sampling technology is allowing farmers to identify corn rootworm zones and treat prescriptively.