January 08, 2024
AgTech adds efficiency to the fields
During the technical exchange meeting 'How to move from precision agriculture to environment improvement', carried out by Los Grobo Agropecuaria, representatives of the sector presented success stories in which technology and data analytics are the great protagonists.

By Martín Sackmann (Innovation and Development Manager of Grupo Los Grobo)

There are more and more digital tools that are adopted by Argentine producers. Some of them are Fieldview, Auravant, Onesoil, Sima, Ucropit, Agropro, Puma, Culti. These platforms provide solutions for the economic management of batches, creation of settings and prescriptions, preparation and monitoring of work orders, production traceability, data storage and, recently, some were added that contain modules for measuring the carbon footprint. gates inside. During the technical exchange meeting 'How to move from precision agriculture to environment improvement', carried out by Los Grobo Agropecuaria, Javier Pucciarelli, technical representative of Fieldview, presented this platform that allows us to know very well the productive environments of the field , as well as optimizing resource efficiency through variable prescriptions, which improves the profitability and sustainability of the systems.

In turn, this greater use of digital platforms and detailed knowledge of productive environments allowed companies like El Hinojo and Liag to take a leap in the intensification of productive systems. As an example, Gabriel Busson, Production Manager of El Hinojo, told how through greater use of double crops and new species they managed to reduce the use of agrochemicals, improve carbon capture and increase yields in the rotation.

Another success story was reported by Francisco Melcon, Production Manager of Las Balas de Liag, who explained how, through the greater use of cover crops and balanced fertilization, they managed to increase soil organic matter, levels of available nitrogen and the consequent increase in productivity in wheat, soybean and corn crops; also reducing the quantities of agrochemicals in the rotation.

These examples showed the productive benefits of this type of solutions, which could be synthesized in a greater use of labor and machinery, the possibility of being in constant movement all year round, increasing grain production per physical hectare, greater diversification of the risk due to the greater variety of crops and the reduction of the carbon footprint of agricultural production.

Knowledge as power

The collection of digitalized information through soil sampling, satellite images and yield maps allows for the permanent evaluation of the different changes and technological adjustments in each productive environment.

We can say that precision agriculture leads to a process of continuous improvement that, through the order of the databases and the knowledge of the productive variables and acting accordingly, allows the environment to be improved thanks to the recovery of the physicochemical and biological properties. of the soils.

All these real examples show that you can think of a different agriculture. In the coming years, to increase the productivity and sustainability of the country's agricultural production systems, we will have to prioritize greater balanced fertilization and nutrient enrichment, grow in the diversity of crops for both harvest and service in the rotation, constant monitoring and digitized soil health indicators.

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