February 1, 2020

32% Fertilizer Savings achieved on Rapeseed Farm

Dimitri Evangelopoulo's Series of Posts regarding A.F.A. Success Stories

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32% Fertilizer Savings achieved on Rapeseed Farm

As our ever-growing Augmenta Community reaches the distant corners of the world, it is important for us to receive feedback. This allows us to hone the services we provide and better cater for the needs of agricultural managers, agronomists and farmers.

In this series of posts, we publish stories about the Augmenta Field Analyzer (A.F.A) and how it is successfully used around the world. We also publish news events, relevant company information and achievements. Our 'Travel' section is a more personal reflection on the wonderful people we meet and the experiences we share with them.

The ultimate goal of all this is to increase awareness of what we do and how we do it. It is also intended to stimulate inquiry and feedback. So, if you have a question or comment, please feel free to drop us a line at: info@augmenta.ag        

Rapeseed is often considered to be an easy crop to grow. However, experienced farmers will tell you that success is entirely dependent on seedbed preparation. Rapeseeds are tiny and require well-prepared soil and a well-configured seed drill to cover the seeds.

In the following example, part of the field had a rough surface which disallowed efficient seed covering. This resulted in poor sprouting. However, Augmenta's A.F.A. was able to take care of the problem. During standard VRT operation, it recognized that spreading a normal or higher-than-normal amount of fertilizer in these poor growth areas would be entirely wasteful.

Therefore, it reduced to amount of fertilizer to the minimum required to maintain soil bioactivity.

Similarly, other parts of the field received the amount of fertilizer consistent with encouraging field uniformity and obtaining the maximum possible yield. The result?

Overall fertilizer savings were 32%!

Augmenta Index

GREEN Represents areas with higher potential while BROWN represents areas with little/no potential.

Application map

RED represents areas with the lowest rate and GREEN represents areas with the highest rate.

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