U.S.: Big Data Shows How to Improve Profits, Help Environment

Technology always changes the way we think and how we do things, posts Scott Elliott, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, at USDA.gov. Now, thanks to research at Michigan State University (MSU), farmers have a new tool to determine precisely where to focus their efforts…or not. The result can save them money and save the environment from excess – wasted – fertilizer.

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Dr. Bruno Basso, MSU professor of ecosystems science, led a project that has determined which areas of a farmer’s field consistently produce high yields and those areas that always under produce. Armed with this knowledge, farmers may reliably save time and money while reducing fertilizer loss and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

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