Agriculture is the only area in which chemistry, biology, physics, and mechanics are interconnected to almost the same extent. It seems that it's the only occupation that allows using so many interesting creative combinations in your work. Being an agronomist, you need to think about plant biology, pesticide chemistry as well as ways to make your job easier. Every day there are some interesting challenges which develop me a lot. − Do you use precision farming technologies?
− Yes, I use the OneSoil Scouting app every day. It shows the field borders and current state of the crop. It's quite convenient and just interesting to observe how the field changes during the season when it transitions to different phases. It's cool to realize how far technology has gone: now I can just lie on the couch and check what is going on with the crops via my smartphone.
Besides that, we determine variable rates for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers. We develop this method to level the field so that each crop will get all the nutrients in equal amounts. To do this, you would usually need precision laboratory soil analysis, digital maps and connection with GPS-coordinates. We've used different platforms for mapping, but the easiest way to do it is via OneSoil web-platform
, so I prefer it now. Determining fertilizer rates for differentiated application is a very interesting direction in precision farming.