Imagine removing one of the most stressful parts of your job no questions asked.
That is pretty much what is happening at Kinnard Farms with the all-new Agrometer.
“This machine actually allows us to go into those corn fields without damaging them and be very, very precise on the amount of nutrients produced,” said Lee Kinnard, an owner at Kinnard Farms. “Match it very closely with the growing crop.”
Farmers are no longer bound by spring and fall application times.
“This machine gives us a huge window to apply nutrients to a growing crop–a corn crop, and alfalfa crop, a grass hayfield–in the middle of summer, in the times where we cannot normally haul manure and haul nutrients,” said Nathen Nysse, an agronomist.
The hoses not only speed up the process of laying fertilizer, but provides more time to work with.
“It gives us six-to-eight more weeks of time that we can play with for nutrient applications,” he said.
The Agrometer helps work around the weather reducing manure runoff.
“We’re eliminating pollution, we’re eliminating loss, we’re controlling what we’re putting on and placing it in the right spot and the crops can pick it up and be more efficient with it,” said Nysse.
This farming revolution is European, originating in Denmark.
And this is the only one in the states.
This new technology may take some time to catch on, as it carries a $1-million price tag.
“Obviously, they have to make a huge investment to make this work, but farmers are willing to do it and they really want to do the right thing by the environment,” said Kinnard. “The more efficiently we can use it, the better.”