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By: Western Ag Labs  09-12-2011
Keywords: farmers, Crop Nutrition

Using PRS™-Probe Technology for Crop Nutrition Planning

The PRS™ Nutrient Forecaster is a computer software program that utilizes PRS™ data by integrating the climate and soil conditions of that particular field to determine potential yields. As nutrient, climate, and soil conditions are adjusted with the PRS™ Nutrient Forecaster, producers can choose to increase or decrease the applied fertilizer to achieve the maximum, economic yield and net economic return.

Advantages of the PRS™ Nutrient Forecaster

The PRS™ Nutrient Forecaster was developed by Western Ag Innovations, and sub-licensed to Western Ag Labs, to assist farmers in making crop nutrition plans. Since the Forecaster™ is a software modeling program, is has some powerful capabilities unique to itself. These include:

  1. It is a powerful farm management tool - The Forecaster™ allows FSRs and farmers to virtually try out a variety of crop nutrition plans. The farmer can change a variety of factors simultaneously and the Forecaster will automatically update the yield potential, nutrient requirements, and economic assessment. Then, a customized plan can be made to optimize crop yields and manage price and weather risks.
  2. It has integrated nutrient interpretation - The nutrients in the soil are interrelated and have an impact on each other. Unlike traditional soil analysis and crop nutrition planning, the PRS™ Nutrient Forecaster accounts for integrated nutrients.
  3. It interprets PRS™-probe data - the PRS™ probe "sees what the plant sees" by simulating the roots of a plant. As such, the PRS™-probe measures the bio-available nutrients to the plant, and not just an index of the soil's nutrient content.

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Once the sample has been analyzed data is sent back to the FSR who sits down with the farmer and determines what is the best way to optimize crop yield using the PRS™ Nutrient Forecaster. Since 2002, Western Ag Labs, has taken thousands of soil samples with each individual sample contributing to a crop nutrition plan that caters towards each individual farmer.