I recently read an interesting article on FutureFarming.com about soil compaction in Brazil and how several companies are helping farmers to measure their soil. Farmers from Brazil and throughout South America are realizing how much soil compaction can hurt their yields. The struggle with keeping good conservation practices, while still trying to maintain good yields, is ever prevalent.
Automated soil sampling systems such as SoloStar can enable farmers to map specific spots in the field to track the compaction using a connection with GPS. This product should help farmers in South America become more profitable, while still balancing conservation practices so that they can continue to keep the land up instead of burning it out right away.
The adoption of this and other soil sampling systems are just a couple examples of how precision agriculture practices are helping to improve and sustain the environment in South America. When seemingly simple issues like soil compaction are addressed, farmers are able to manage soil nutrients better rather than losing them before they can be incorporated into the soil. Plants now have a better chance for higher yields. When basic agronomics are paired with the power of data collection and processing, farmers in South America and around the world learn how to use the land more effectively to grow the food needed for a growing population.
The article also mentions the efforts of various organizations helping to promote precision agriculture in Brazil. Both organizations help with research and development of precision ag products and how those products can help farmers in South America specifically. Continuing to develop these products that help farmers learn their land and how their farming practices are affecting their soils will be important in sustaining the land while getting bigger yields.