Ontario ag retailer South West Ag Partners (SW Ag) is rolling out a new service to address “environmental challenges and the increasing scrutiny on Ontario agriculture,” says the company in a press release.
Called Sustainable Cropping Systems, Southwest Ag bridges new tillage equipment technology with precision agriculture to “better manage nutrient placement, soil health, crop residue and crop productivity.”
SW Ag’s Sustainable Cropping Systems combine four core components – tillage equipment, agronomics, precision farming and custom application of nutrients – into a cropping recommendation tailored for individual farmers. At the center of the program is the SoilWarrior zone-tillage machine and a pilot project designed to help growers explore and develop crop production systems that are more sustainable from a soil and nutrient perspective.
Zone tillage offers the advantage of minimum tillage while strategically placing nutrients in the root zone where they are readily available to the growing plant and are more stable in the soil profile, says Rick Youlton, marketing manager for SW Ag.
“The zone-tillage approach brings together the benefits of conventional and no-till crop systems while addressing the challenges and limitations of both systems. We are excited to bring this equipment to our customers,” Youlton says. “With our custom application service offering, our customers can explore the zone-tillage system on their own farms without incurring the investment in equipment.”
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