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Soil management award for manure sensing system

June 3, 2019 by  
Filed under Machinery

John Deere has received international recognition for its manure sensing system – which uses the HarvestLab 3000 sensor to measure nutrient values during slurry application.

Described as a major breakthrough in soil technology, the near-infrared (NIR) system received a  European Land and Soil Management award which recognises outstanding land use and agricultural practices that help to protect the soil.

The award was made during a Forum for Agriculture event hosted by the European Landowners’ Organisation. The accolade is endorsed by the European Commission in association with the
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna.

The HarvestLab 3000 system prevents applications by constantly measuring nutrient values during slurry application. In doing so, it enables more sustainable nutrient cycle management while improving the efficiency of using manure as a fertiliser.

This allows farmers and contractors to apply nitrogen, phosphate and potash more precisely – based on a nutrient target and/or maximum application rate. Ingredients and volumes are automatically and accurately documented using site-specific prescription maps.

The soil management award recognises the work of farmers, universities and private companies working to farm more sustainably – highlighting the winning project across Europe as an example of good agricultural practice.

European director general for environment Daniel Calleja Crespo said: “It is exactly the kind of technology that the European Union wishes to promote, and will inspire our policies for a more sustainable agriculture.”

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