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How to save money on seeds and pesticides, and contribute to the new app

From February 14th, we are conducting field trials that will help us develop a new web tool for differentiated application of seeds and pesticides. We are inviting farmers to cooperate with us. You provide us with the fields — we give you free analysis, files with tasks for onboard computers, and tech support throughout the season.

About the experiment, briefly

We conduct the experiments in order to develop two web applications. We will add them to the OneSoil web platform. The apps will be free and available to farmers all over the world, just like our tools for differentiated application of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers. We will conduct the trials throughout  2019, and we will release the apps in spring 2020.

To participate, you need to have a field, agricultural equipment with onboard computers for differentiated application of seeds and pesticides, a combine equipped with a yield monitor, and desire! Using satellite imagery, we will analyze your fields, develop recommendations, and make a file with a task for application of seeds and pesticides. During the season, our specialists will always be in touch. After harvesting, we will analyze all the collected data, and our developers will begin to work on the applications.

If you are ready to participate, please fill out this Google Form. If you have questions, read on.

About the experiment, in detail

Why does OneSoil need field experiments?
We want to make web tools for differentiated application of seeds and pesticides, therefore we need to test our hypotheses and collect data. We have already conducted some experiments: for instance, when our team was developing a variable rate app for nitrogen fertilizers, we conducted trials on more than 10 thousand hectares. When we were developing the web tool for the differentiated application of phosporus and potassium fertilizers, we cooperated with dozens of agricultural companies. Collaboration with farmers is a good way to test hypotheses and collect valid data.
Can I participate?
Yes, if you have agricultural equipment with onboard computers for differentiated application of seeds and pesticides, and a combine equipped with a yield monitor. Also, you need to allocate the fields in the OneSoil web platform so our specialists could analyze them. Any type of field is interesting for us, though the ideal one is over 50 hectares with high variability of yield productivity.

If you don't have an account in the OneSoil web platform yet, don't get upset – you only need 5 minutes to register and allocate the fields. For tips on how to do it, please read this article.
How will I benefit from cooperation with OneSoil?
Quick analysis. Within 5 days we'll do analysis of your fields. Using satellite imagery, we will determine the zones of relative productivity, estimate its dependence on the relief and determine the relative content of humus in different field zones.

Deep analysis. The accuracy of the analysis affects the results of the whole experiment, and hence the correctness of the web applications.

Personal recommendations. We will make recommendations for your fields both at the beginning and at the end of the season.

Minimal efforts from your side. We will create maps of your fields and task files for your onboard computers.

Tech support. During the whole trial, our specialists are ready to answer your questions.

We don't charge you anything. For comparison, if you were to order similiar analysis from a commercial company, it would cost upwards of $ 4 per hectare.
Why is everything for free?
This is our founding principle: we make free tools for farmers and earn money by providing services to large companies. All our applications and the web platform are also free. For more on how it works, please read this article.
Who will conduct the analysis?
Our team of GIS and precision agriculture, agronomy and agrochemistry specialists. The process will be led by Usevalad Henin, a specialist in GIS and agricultural chemistry, and Philip Kondratenko, an agronomist. Usevalad has been conducting field experiments, analyzing data from farmers, and developing tools for precision farming for the last 8 years. Philip has worked as an agronomist for over 7 years. We also cooperate with specialized Belarussian research and scientific organizations, and in difficult cases ask them to help with data interpretation.
Which hypotheses are you testing?
For crops that are branching/bushing (wheat, barley, canola, soybean, etc.) We assume it is necessary to increase seeding in low yield zones, so more productive stems can be formed. In high yield zones, the seeding rate should be decreased to prevent the competition between plants for nutrition.

For all other crops. We assume it is necessary to lower the seeding rate in low yield zones so that the plants do not compete with each other for nutritional elements. Accordingly, the seeding rate should be increased in high yield zones.

For soil herbicides. We assume that the optimal rate of soil herbicides depends on the amount of organic matter in the soil. Using satellite images, we can estimate the relative content of humus in different parts of the field — the darker the soil on the images, the more organic matter it contains. We assume that the higher the humus level, the more herbicides should be applied, and vice versa.

For growth regulators. We assume that the variable rate of growth regulators application can be determined by the vegetation index. The higher the index, the more plants there are. In such zones, the amount of growth regulators should be increased, and vice versa.

For pre-harvest herbicides. We assume that the variable rate of desiccants application can be determined by the vegetation index. With the help of satellite images, we can find areas with a high index where the plants grow densely; these areas need pre-harvest herbicides the most. The opposite applies to zones where plants density is lower.

A farm-to-tech experiment: 10 steps

You select fields in the OneSoil web platformand fill out the Google Form.
Together we select the most suitable fields and analyze them in 2−5 days.
You read our recommendations and we discuss your opportunities and wishes.
We create a file with the task for your brand of onboard computer.
During the season, you use these tasks to apply seeds and/or pesticides.
We monitor plant development, analyze weather, vegetation index, and build a yield forecast.
You harvest and record field data with yield monitoring sensors.
We analyze this information and provide recommendations for the future.
We collect data about all the experiments and start developing the apps.
We add free web tools for differentiated application of seeds and pesticides to the OneSoil web platform in spring 2020.
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