Farmway Precision Solutions or “FPS” consists of Farmway’s complete line of precision agricultural services. We offer an extensive array of solutions focused on maximizing your profit for every acre you own. We have the skill and firsthand knowledge to guide you through the different facets of precision agriculture whether you are an expert or just starting out.
Benefits of Farmway Precision Solutions:
- Put the right products, in the right place in the field, at the right rate – because no field is uniform!
- Maximize ones return on input investments
- Work to manage each individual acre to its full potential
- Work with a staff of highly-educated and experienced certified agronomists
At Farmway we believe in regularly scheduled, site-specific soil sampling because regular sampling is just as important as sampling during specific points during your crop rotation and at the same time each year. For example, if you are in a wheat—wheat—corn/milo—soybean rotation, it is advisable to take soil samples after the wheat but before moving to corn/milo in the fall. We recommend that all soil sampling be site specific to ensure that samples are taken in the same place every time, as no field is completely uniform. By ensuring we always sample in the same spot, we reduce variability and potential errors in the test results. Finally, we can compare site-specific samples to current soil tests and against historic soil test data, allowing us to more accurately evaluate your fertility program and whether or not you are building or mining residual soil fertility.
Farmway offers site-specific soil sampling by management zones, Veris directed grid, and traditional grid sampling. Management zones sampling utilizes different layers of data such as Veris/EC maps, yield data, satellite/aerial imagery, and other layers to identify and define specific management zones in your field and then sample those zones separately.
Grid sampling is an intensive site specific soil sampling scheme. With this method of sampling a field is divided into equal sized blocks or grids, the most common being 2.5 acre (330 ft x 330 ft), with a soil sample being taken from the center of each grid. T
his intensive sampling approach is a way to try and better define the fertility and pH variability within a field. Soil test results are interpolated and can then be used for creating variable rate fertilizer and lime prescriptions.
Smart grid sampling uses a Veris/EC map or other data layer to direct where soil samples are taken in a field while still taking an equivalent amount of soil samples as if using a traditional grid sampling approach. With Smart Grid Sampling you get the combined benefits of sampling by management zones with the intensity of sampling by a traditional grid.
Farmway utilizes Veris/EC maps to define management zones, develop soil-sampling schemes, prepare planting rate prescriptions and much more. Veris takes a measurement of soil electrical conductivity (EC), or how much electrical current the soil conducts. EC mapping is a simple, accurate and cost—effective method for defining soil variability and correlates to many different soil properties, many of which directly affect crop productivity. EC measurements relate to soil texture, cation exchange capacity (CEC), water retention capacity, water content, organic matter (OM), salinity, topsoil depth, soil drainage and subsoil characteristics. Additionally, Veris maps typically correlate well with yield maps and can help define yield variability.
Yield maps allow producers to measure and record yield and moisture on the go. With the use of our Geographic Information System (GIS) software we collect data from your combine, whatever the color, and turn it into a useful and easy-to-read yield map booklet. All data is cleaned and filtered because a map is only as good as the data it is based upon. We also provide data backups of YOUR data and provide CD’s with the raw data and .PDF copies of your maps so that you retain complete control of YOUR information. Finally, and most importantly, we meet with you at your farm to review your yield maps and help you understand and take advantage of the potential your data has to offer.
Farmway can take your yield maps and other data layers a step further than simply printing a booklet that sits on a shelf gathering dust. We have the ability and experience to perform detailed data analyses on your maps and provide you with a wealth of useful information and practical knowledge. We then use these analyses to develop management zones, hybrid selection, variable rate seeding prescriptions, variable rate fertilizer prescriptions and much more. With several years of yield data we can normalize yields (taking into effect differences in yield between crops and years) or generate multi-year averages (averages yielded across several years using the same crop) to define consistently high and low yielding areas in your fields. Then, we develop prescriptions to manage these areas appropriately. We can help you return the most profit on every acre!
Variable Rate Prescription
Variable rate is all about putting the right stuff, in the right place in the field, at the rate; because no field is uniform! Farmway can take your yield maps, soil sample results, and other available data sources and use them to create variable rate (VR) prescriptions maps that can help make you more profitable. We can use Veris and soil sampling data to make variable rate fertilizer prescriptions by management zones or grid soil sampling data to make variable rate fertilizer prescriptions by management zones or gril soil sampling to make fertilizer prescriptions. We can use multi-year averaging or normalizing to find low and high yielding areas and manage those areas accordingly. We can make variable rate seeding prescriptions and almost any other prescription map you can dream up. Farmway has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to work with our producers to make almost any variable rate prescription a reality. We are redistributing inputs in the field to maximize their return and increase the overall profitability of your farm operation.
Variable Rate Irrigation
Variable rate irrigation is utilized to optimize irrigation on every acre by automatically adjusting water application amounts site-specifically to account for field variability. Thus with VRI one can increase water use efficiency, improve yields, and maximize profitability throughout the entire field. Irrigation prescriptions are built off of Veris EC data, used to identify water holding capacity variability in the field, and RTK elevation data, used to identify the fields landscape change. We can further refine these prescription utilizing historic yield data for the field and the growers knowledge. Variable rate irrigation is accomplished through either VRI Speed Control or VRI Zone Control. VRI Speed Control can be done on any electric drive pivot with minimal equipment upgrades. Farmway has paired with CropMetrics to be able to provide you with this cutting edge program. To further increase irrigation efficiency Farmway has also paired with AquaSpy to provide soil moisture probes for irrigation scheduling.
Farmway also offers satellite and aerial imagery, a form of remote sensing that uses infrared imaging and light source reflectance to create an image that will differentiate the areas of your field based on vegetation density and can also be used for directing crop scouting, defining management zones, developing variable rate prescriptions and much more. This imagery allows us to take a birds-eye view of your field in-season and identify, investigate and potentially fix any potential problems before harvest. We can also use the image to replace yield maps for those producers who are not currently yield mapping, because yield potential correlates well with vegetation density.