Part of the focus of 2011 Farm Forum Event was on the utilization of technology in the agriculture industry to improve production and profitability. A big part of improving production and profitability is precision agriculture including the use of variable rate technology as a part of managing crop inputs. The ability to scan a field and make applications accordingly to ensure every plant has what it needs to reach its full potential has huge implications for overall production volume, quality and farm profitability.
It is technology that is absolutely critical to the future of world food production and the sustainability of agriculture.
Along those lines is the OptRx system from Ag Leader Technology. It’s a crop sensor system and scanning tool that uses light reflecting technology to determine plant vigour and then base nitrogen application on that; all in real time. Stuart Lawrence is with Ag Leader Technology. I spoke to him about OptRx at the Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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