PF Cycle

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Precision Ag is based on recognizing homogeneous productive zones, which respond differntly to similar management approaches. There can be many causes that produce variability, and limiting factors vary according to the region, typo of soil, etc.
New technologies applied to agriculture can help detect these zones with different productive potential, delimit, and classify them. The starting point of the Precision Farming Cycle is the generation of the Productivity Map, which is based on imagery taken in past crop seasons, and provides a summary map of the zones within field. With support of GeoAgro’s local partners, this map is validated in the field, through scouting and directed soil samplings.

Once zones have been defined, you can develop management strategies for seeding and fertilization, adapted to each zones characteristics. Depending on the available level of machine technology, you can implement management strategies:

  • If Variable Rate Technology - VRT, is not available, you can work with macro-zones strategies: crops/hybrid/variety selection, differentiate seeding dates, crop rotation.
  • If VRT is available, then you can work through micro-zones: Variable seed density by zone. Variable rate application of Nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutrients.

As you expand your knowledge of each field, more precise decisions are made. GeoAgro’s regional partners support farmers in this process, both in key decisions, as well as technology implementation - calibrating sensors and variable rate nozzles, exchanging data to/from machinery, etc.

Adjusting agronomic management according to the productive potential of each zone, you can increase efficiency in the use of crop inputs, and adjust your investment according to the expected results in each zone. Several experiences show that assigning input by zone can distribute resources more conveniently - you can spend less in marginal areas with lower historic yields, and reinforce you investment in better yielding zones, expecting to increase yields.

Controlling operations is the other huge opportunity to improve efficiency. Most producers are not aware of the high level of losses produced by seeding or harvesting operations done at greater speed than certain thresholds. The same applies to controlling application rates. Auditing and controlling operations allow you to correct deviations and avoid losses.

When a company fails to register, measure, integrate, analyze and share information previously scattered, the most important benefit you get is a qualitative leap in the way it manages knowledge. Then, most analytical skills leads to more certainty for decision -making. It enhances and encourages teamwork and greater adaptability to changing context conditions are achieved.
With the PF Cycle, companies incorporate continuous improvement for agronomic management.