John Deere says its HarvestLab 3000 system can take more than 4,000 measurement of nutrient values in crops, silage, or slurry per second, which translates to roughly 1 million measurements per load. (Photo courtesy of John Deere.)
The European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO) recently awarded John Deere a Land and Soil Management Special Recognition prize, which highlights “outstanding land-use and soil-management practices that help to protect the soil,” for Deere’s HarvestLab 3000 technology. HarvestLab 3000 is utilised in the firm’s John Deere Manure Sensing technology to help measure nutrient values during slurry application.
More Sustainable Practices
Deere received the prize, which the European Commission endorses in association with the University of Natural Sciences and Life Sciences in Vienna, during a Forum for Agriculture (FFA) event held in early April. Besides representing landowners’ political interests, the ELO focuses on conservation and environmental protection, renewable energies, and responsible natural resources usage. The organisation is comprised of national associations from European Union countries.
European Commission Director General for Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo says HarvestLab 3000 is “exactly the kind of technology” the EU wishes to promote, adding that the technology “will inspire our policies for a more sustainable agriculture.” Deere says the coveted prize recognises the work of farmers, universities, and private companies by promoting the winning project as good practice across Europe while also enhancing “farming methods that protect soil at a local, national, and European level” and encouraging farmers to adopt more sustainable practices.
John Deere was recently awarded a Land and Soil Management Special Recognition prize from the European Landowners Organisation for the company’s HarvestLab 3000 technology. (Photo courtesy of John Deere.)
More Precise Applications
John Deere Manure Sensing enables farmers to apply nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) more precisely by factoring in nutrient-target and/or maximum application-rate data. “These ingredients and the total volume applied are automatically and accurately documented, with the system also able to utilise site-specific prescription maps,” Deere notes. Previously, Deere says such factors as natural variance and rapid settling that occurs during slurry transportation left the success of manure as a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser to chance.
Manure Sensing can analyse manure constituents both during slurry filling and during application “the second before the nutrients hit the soil” to account for natural variances and settling. Additionally, the system can send data wirelessly to the John Deere Operations Centre so that operators can further analyse it.