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Precision farming.

Site-specific management

Productivity and efficiency are the buzzwords in modern farming. Only those who farm successfully with these principles in mind will survive in a climate of fluctuating markets and uncertain political conditions to create a sustainable foundation for future generations.

Precision farming.

Site-specific management

Productivity and efficiency are the buzzwords in modern farming. Only those who farm successfully with these principles in mind will survive in a climate of fluctuating markets and uncertain political conditions to create a sustainable foundation for future generations.

Soil sampling. Right down to the finest detail.

How well do you know your land? The soil conditions within a field can vary enormously. Whole-field management inevitably results in lost yields. A sound understanding of the soil type distribution and resulting yield potential within a field is therefore crucial to site-specific farming. Meaningful soil mapping gives you a detailed knowledge of the characteristics of each site and their spatial distribution within the field.

EM 38 conductivity measurement.

Advantages and benefits:

  • Accurate information about variability
  • Information about yield potential
  • Details of soil composition
  • Basis for application maps and potential maps
  • One-off investment

Rapid and detailed recording of soil variability.

Soil mapping is established in agriculture as a method of showing soil variability with high spatial resolution. A soil scanner measures the apparent electrical conductivity of the soil, which is mainly influenced by the soil texture. The benefits of the soil scanner are clear:

  • Precise delineation of soil zones
  • Fast, reliable information about soil variability
  • Light vehicles can drive across the fields efficiently carrying the scanner, without damaging the crop
  • Soil conductivity maps can be used for precise planning of soil sampling or site-specific seeding
  • A one-off, long-term investment

Soil sampling plan.

Different yield potential zones use up different amounts of basic nutrients. Soil sampling therefore reveals a huge amount of information about the site and serves as a basis for detailed planning of cropping strategies. Zoned soil sampling gives you information about the nutrient supply in the individual zones. These zones form the basis of subsequent application maps. During the planning stage, the focus is on targeted removal of soil samples from specially selected areas, taking account of pre-defined parameters. The sampling method is chosen according to the situation on each individual farm. It is also important to choose the right grid size.

Results and advice.

The soil samples are analysed in an independent, certified and officially approved laboratory according to VDLUFA guidelines. You will then receive the results electronically on a data CD, so you always have the key parameters to hand. The processed information can be read into all current GIS programs.

You also receive an individual, large-format overview map (A3 or A0 print-out) showing the four main nutrients, as well as the written results for documentation purposes. This gives you a clear picture of the whole situation. A soil sampling plan can then be drawn up on the basis of existing conductivity measurements.

Modern soil sampling must satisfy many requirements and we are very well placed to help you meet them:

  • Soil variability is taken into account when planning the sampling (dynamic grid)
  • GPS-supported sampling using lightweight vehicles in the course of your normal farming activities
  • Samples analysed in accredited laboratories
  • Analysis data processed for importing into the field file and supplied in digital and graphic form as a farm overview map (A0 printout)
  • Direct use of soil sampling results for variable-rate application

CLAAS services at a glance:

  • Data collection
  • Analysis of site-specific information
  • Preparation of a soil sampling plan
  • GPS-documented, machine-based soil sampling
  • Analysis in a certified laboratory
  • Results of analyses presented as graphics
  • Print-out of the farm nutrient map
  • Handover and, if required, integration into the farm PC
  • Advice on preparing application maps
  • Creation of a yield potential map