John Deere receives Soil Management Award

The Soil Management Award is designed to acknowledge practices which help to protect soil and demonstrate outstanding land use. John Deere Manure Sensing measures nutrient values during slurry application, using HarvestLab 3000 sensor’s near-infrared (NIR) system and the European Land and Soil Management Award jury recognise this as a major breakthrough in soil technology.

This coveted prize recognises the valuable work of farmers, universities and private companies and promotes the winning project as good practice across Europe. It also enhances the visibility of farming methods that protect the soil at a local, national and European level, and encourages farmers to adopt more sustainable practices.

HarvestLab 3000 provides new technology which improves the efficiency of using manure as a fertiliser as well as more sustainable management of the nutrient cycle. It prevents under, or over, fertilisation by constantly measuring nutrient levels during slurry application.

John Deere Manure Sensing allows users to apply N, P and K more precisely and the total volume applied is accurately and automatically documented, with the system able to utilise site-specific prescription maps.

The Land and Soil Management Special Recognition prize was awarded on 9 April 2019 during a Forum for Agriculture (FFA) event by the European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO). The award is endorsed by the European Commission (DG Environment and Joint Research Centre) in association with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna.

“On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to congratulate John Deere for this remarkable technology and achievement,” said EC Director General for Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo at the award ceremony. “It is exactly the kind of technology that the European Union wishes to promote, and will inspire our policies for a more sustainable agriculture.”

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