Having reached a point where the farm was yielding very well, Michael Nicols reached out to Precision Agriculture in search of further improvements. The outcome was production of a more consistent product size, reduction in fertiliser costs, and a more even yield band.
Michael emphasised that variable rate spreaders are not necessarily required to reap the benefits.
“Once you’ve got your map, you can just go in with your normal spreader at different rates with a google earth print out in your cabin and adjust rates as you go.”
We have measured a saving of $110,000 p.a. through using Precision Agriculture products.Michael Nichols
“The main thing to start with is just highlighting the issues. There’s different problems in different paddocks and there’s so many areas we can improve because of variability in paddock. It’s a learning process.”
“The money saving with our lime applications alone justifies our investments with Precision Agriculture.”
“Our questions are answered straight away, we get service at the door. We feel like they’re part of our business and we hope that they feel like we’re part of theirs.”
“We’ve been able to target particular problems and ground truth them.”
“I just ring them up and they upload it to the iPad in the tractor, and it’s that easy. It’s hard to believe how easy it is.”
“It’s a product anyone can use. You don’t need to understand it, you just plug it into the computer and drive. This is really helpful when you have numerous operators through that driver’s seat”.
“Soil is where everything happens, it’s where our bank of resources is, it’s where all the potential of the crop lies, yet it’s the thing we know the least about”.