In the Mediterranean region, a specialized team of SGS agronomists has launched sophisticated agricultural mapping services enabling optimization of fertility and water management.
Farming is undergoing a revolution in methods and techniques. The modern farmer requires data that allows them to assess fertility levels not just by field, but also by individual areas of a field. This is precision farming, something which was unavailable to previous generations of farmers.
This new service goes beyond traditional mapping and extends into consultancy and advice based on the results. Using GPS sampling data allied to the latest laboratory techniques and computer modeling, SGS’s agronomists can create precise mapping data. By altering the parameters of the investigation, this data can be used to answer the individual requirements of the farmer, helping them farm at an optimal level.
By using the data created by mapping, generating different layers of information, farmers can create management systems for water (storage capacity mapping) and fertility that will optimize production. Different interpretations of the data allow SGS’s agronomists to deliver practical assistance to the farmer, helping them work in a precise and cost efficient manner.
SGS’s mapping data can be used to look at a number of factors affecting fertility and yield:
- The distribution of nutrients across a field – allowing one or more fertilizer programs to be introduced in a field – improving crop growth and optimizing fertilizer usage and reducing wastage
- In vineyards, mapping can survey root reserves for arginine and starch – helping the farmer identify the post-harvest fertilization requirements of individual areas of the farm
- Mapping can also look at the harvest from across a field – helping the farmer identify areas of higher yield
- Mapping can identify areas of fields where natural water storage exists – helping farmers irrigate their fields efficiently
SGS’s new mapping and consultancy service is available in countries across the region, including Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Portugal and Spain, and can help create significant savings – for example, reductions of up to 30% in water use have been achieved.
By correctly identifying the factors that limit production, SGS can help farmers to achieve higher final yields and reduce the resources spent during the growth cycle.
For further information, please contact:
Business Development Manager Agricultural Services
t: +511 2211159
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