WHAT YOU GET
Precision Agricultural Management is a systems approach and ForeFront Agronomy believes that the most integral pieces to the overall solution is local agronomy support. There are no magic bullets and there is not one single answer for every field. Every field is field specific, and to determine the most optimal solutions and strategy for each field requires local agronomic expertise. As a grower, you can be assured who understands your individual needs and the agronomic practices in your area.
When a producer makes an investment in an individual, they expect a specific return based on that individuals ability and skill set. ForeFront Agronomy maintains one core purpose. To support producers in optimizing irrigation programs which in turn optimize all other cropping inputs. Optimizing every input increases both yield and profitability. Here at ForeFront Agronomy we commit to being challenged, tested, and certified each year to stay abreast of the latest technology available in irrigation management. In all areas of farming, producers are facing increasing challenges every day. ForeFront Agronomy is committed to reducing in-season stress, increasing profitability, improving farm family life, while establishing long-term sustainable solutions for farming operations. In so many ways this all begins with helping to optimize that irrigation season year in and year out. Water is out greatest limiting factor, even on the irrigated acre.
PRECISION IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT BEGINS HERE
Full Service soil moisture monitoring program, from the leaders in precision irrigation management. ForeFront Agronomy now delivers the most effective irrigation scheduling and soil moisture fuel guage. No more wondering when precisely to water or questioning how much moisture is available in the soil profile. Advanced soil moisture probe technology is combined with local agronomy support to provide complete in-season water management to optimize water use efficiency and maximize profit.
CROPMETRICS: PRECISION IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY
CropMetrics is a company founded on the principle of not using more than you need to get the best results out of your field. They created precision irrigation equipment and the Virtual Optimizer to put more nutrients in the ground while not over-using any of your resources.
What Are SWAT MAPS?
Soil, water, and topography are the “foundation” of soil nutrient availability and fertilizer response.
These are the key maps for building zones for soil sampling and soil applied fertilizer and seed.
HOW ARE SWAT MAPS CREATED?
Layers such as RTK elevation, topography features, soil organic carbon, water flow paths, and electrical conductivity can all be used to build these MAPS.
Every region is slightly different, and every field within a region is slightly different. Considerable skill and proprietary software tools are required to make the MAPS. It is not a push button process like satellite imagery.
Making SWAT MAPS is a trademarked and patented process.
WHAT IS SOIL ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY (EC)?
Soil electrical conductivity (EC) is a measurement that correlates with soil properties that affect crop productivity, including soil texture, cation exchange capacity (CEC), drainage conditions, organic matter level, salinity, and subsoil characteristics. EC can be collected using either an Electromagnetic (EM) sensor or a Veris system. EC measures the bulk soil conductivity and varies by the soil particle composition (amount of sand, silts, and clays), thus correlating strongly to soil particle size and texture.
WHY SHOULD YOU EC MAP YOUR FIELDS?
Soil Ec is one of the simplest and lowest cost solutions available today to measure and characterize the soil variability in your fields. It relates to specific soil properties affecting crop yield and production such as water holding capacity, topsoil depth, subsoil constraints, and salt constraints. Soil Ec can correlate, identify, and explain yield variability. These maps provide a higher resolution, finer detailed data layer that will identify variability within the NRCS soil type zones, providing more information that the NRCS map cannot.
IS EC MAPPING WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
Without EC, you’re only guessing at your Variable Rate Irrigation, Variable Rate Seeding and Nitrogen, and Optimal Moisture Probe locations. Increase water use efficiently, improve yields, and maximize your precision by utilizing EC Mapping. Mapping the soil with EC can accurately improve your irrigation scheduling recommendation and maximize your profits. With rising input costs, precision is more important than ever and this one-time investment will provide payback for years to come.