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Future Farming issue 2 focuses on efficiency

The May edition of Future Farming (issue 2) can now be read in the digital magazine section.

Farmers try to use resources and inputs as efficiently as possible and try to match the amounts used with the quantities crops need, and to minimise the environmental impact. Precision farming technologies can help farmers in doing so.

Fertiliser spreaders

Fertiliser spreaders for instance, get better and better in applying granular fertiliser in the correct amount at the right m2. Our wrap up of the latest spreader developments shows how.

Nonetheless, British Frontier’s manager Edward Downing says an average of 40% of the nitrogen fertiliser applied isn’t utilised and could be lost. He gives 6 tips to improve this utilisation.

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An array of 27 radar sensors beneath each disc monitors the flow of fertiliser off the spreading vanes.
An array of 27 radar sensors beneath each disc monitors the flow of fertiliser off the spreading vanes.

Herbicide spot spraying innovations

Modern sensor technology can assist in applying inputs accurately, and we’ve made an overview of herbicide spot spraying innovations. A technology that was used in 2003 already by one of our 10 most innovative farmers Manfred Hurtz! He however carefully mentions that shortages of precipitation, like in 2017, 2018 and also in 2019 (he received 200 – 300 mm versus 600 mm normally), have far bigger impacts on harvests.

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Future Farming issue 2 focuses on efficiency

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