Farmers are inundated with loads of data these days. They need to be able to collect, compile and analyze that data in order to make decisions to manage risk and such things as nitrogen management. A new partnership project is designed to help growers with those decisions.
DuPont, the University of Missouri and the USDA Agricultural Research Service have just announced a collaboration to pool soil mapping resources, predictive technologies and expertise to help growers more sustainably improve crop yields through better nitrogen application management and other field input planning.
The public-private effort aims to enhance sustainable crop production through field and crop modeling that targets the specific soil, climatic, water-shed and production conditions within producers' fields with real-time information, according to Joe Foresman, DuPont Pioneer director, Decision Services – a new division at Pioneer.
"We are moving from precision ag to decision ag," Foresman says.
The three-year exclusive agreement among DuPont Pioneer, the University of Missouri and USDA-ARS will bring together the respective strengths of each party in precision agriculture sensors and soil mapping, including the characterization of soil types, topography and water-sheds, Foresman adds.
Through a unique computerized process offered by DuPont that uses the latest high resolution technology, the collaboration will result in more accurate soil mapping units. Higher-resolution soil information will enable improved placement and management of crop inputs such as nitrogen fertilizer.
The enhanced soil maps build on public soil survey data and will support Decision Agriculture Services provided by DuPont to help crop producers make timely decisions. Soil analysis procedures will better identify unique land areas called Environmental Response Units. These ERUs can then be used to develop a variety of management zones. A Pioneer advisor will assist growers in tailoring input and management plans to fit their goals of the best possible per-acre yield.
This University of Missouri and USDA-ARS collaboration will provide vastly improved soil mapping resolution.
"The system is designed and we are in the testing stage," adds Joe Hanson, DuPont Pioneer senior manager, Next Generation Services.
More details will be announced at Commodity Classic in San Antonio later this month.