VRA or in full Variable Rate Application is a feature of AGRIVI FMS that enables farmers to optimize their input usage and maximize yields by applying the right amount of inputs (such as fertilizers and pesticides) at the right time and in the right place, based on the specific needs of each crop and soil zone.
AGRIVI uses advanced algorithms to generate prescription maps that guide the equipment in the field. This results in more efficient and effective use of inputs, lower costs, and reduced environmental impact.
With homogeneous rate application, producers could be applying more inputs than necessary on certain locations whilst spending more money and not boosting their yields. Having that in mind there is also the issue of environmental sustainability.
Variable rate application is based on prescription maps. Prescription maps are files that modern tractors can read and interpret with built-in terminals and custom brand software. In other words, a prescription map created in AGRIVI is sent to a tractor that can interpret the map and use it to communicate to its attachments and apply variable applications. Based on the GPS location, it identifies the management zone in which it currently is and orders the attachment to apply the rate which is prescribed for the given management zone.
AGRIVI is integrated with John Deere tractors with various other brands to follow shortly.
With the realization of this feature, AGRIVI users are able to:
- Create prescription maps through the AGRIVI platform
- Save the AGRIVI generated prescription maps for future usage
- Save in the documents registry on the AGRIVI account
- Download to the device
- Upload AGRIVI generated prescription maps directly machinery
The VRA feature of AGRIVI FMS can be used for various types of applications, such as:
Variable rate fertilization: adjusting the rate, timing, and placement of fertilizers based on soil nutrient levels, crop requirements, and yield goals.
Variable rate spraying: adjusting the rate, pressure, and nozzle selection of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides based on weed and pest pressure, crop growth stage, and environmental conditions.
Variable rate seeding: adjusting the seed population and spacing based on soil characteristics, moisture availability, and wanted plant density.
AGRIVI FMS also provides real-time monitoring and reporting of VRA operations, enabling farmers to track their progress, evaluate their results, and make informed decisions for future seasons.