NDVI Nitrogen Management
Yield is an important metric for growers, and maximizing yield while efficiently managing inputs plays an important role in grower profitability and environmental stewardship. In Mexico, we have partnered with Impulsora Agrícola (IASA), the International Institute for Wheat and Maize Research (CIMMYT) and other local stakeholders to provide our growers with NDVI technology and training that will enable them to better manage fertilizer application, improving profitability while reducing nitrogen use.
“Fertilizer application can be a gamble. Applying too much can be costly and wasteful, but not applying enough means that growers lose much of their yield potential. We are trying to help them manage that decision and those costs with more data, improved technology and field training.”
- Luiz Martinez, IASA Agronomist, Mexico
- In 2015, we worked with 46 growers over more than 400 hectares to incorporate the use of NDVI sensors into their fertilizer management programs.
- Following the nitrogen recommendations from the sensors, growers applied 42 less kilograms of nitrogen per hectare while maintaining the same yield when compared to traditional methods.
- That reduction translates into approximately $700 MXN in savings per hectare, while reducing the risk of nitrogen runoff into the environment.
- The technology has been adapted for wheat and other crops within typical crop rotations, providing a full farm tool for the grower.