TechTour: High precision manure application with John Deere’s real-time nutrient sensor

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With more than 4000 measurements taken per second, John Deere’s manure sensing technology offers farmers a solution to the otherwise extreme variability in nutrient content when spreading manure.

With farmers in Europe (and parts of North America) facing increasing regulatory oversight over nutrient application, Deere has developed the high-tech manure sensor technology to measure and manage manure application rates for economic and environmental reasons.

The HarvestLab sensor works in conjunction with the company’s Operations Centre, to take and record measurements of dry matter, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and ammonium. Using these measurements, the mixture can be applied based on a pre-defined nutrient target range.

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Using the records created, operators can then create prescription maps for later mineral fertilizer application.

The technology is available on multiple brands of manure application equipment.

RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner caught up with John Deere’s Simon Schowalter at Agritechnica to find out more:

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