Investing in innovation for efficient fertilizer use: Bob Morris, President, Andmore Associates

New technologies


The way fertilizers are applied to crops has been and continues to drastically evolve in some regions of the world thanks to new technologies. Some farmers have access to cutting edge equipment (such as GPS systems, yield monitoring, variable rate fertilizer application, remote sensing and crop sensors) that allows them to considerably increase their nutrient use efficiency, the health of their soils and the productivity and quality of their crops.

Precision agriculture is becoming more and more commonplace in Europe, North America and South America. Site-specific nutrient management can also be implemented using less sophisticated tools such as leaf colour charts or internet- or mobile phone-based decision-making support tools.

For instance, IFA has been a longtime supporter to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) that has developed the Rice Crop Manager, after 16 years of research on nutrient best management Indeed. The crop manager, an online decision-making tool, also available on smartphones, provides smallholders growing wheat, maize or rice crop with nutrient management advice tailored to their farming conditions and needs. So far, it has been developed for farmers in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam.

For instance, IFA has been a longtime supporter to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) that has developed the Rice Crop Manager, after 16 years of research on nutrient best management Indeed. The crop manager, an online decision-making tool, also available on smartphones, provides smallholders growing wheat, maize or rice crop with nutrient management advice tailored to their farming conditions and needs. So far, it has been developed for farmers in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam.

The 4Rs


With or without modern equipment, every farmer can substantially improve nutrient management performance and soil health by observing the 4Rs Principles, which involve utilization of best management practices for applying the Right nutrient source at the Right time, at the Right rate and in the Right Place in the objective of meeting economic, social and environmental expectations of the stakeholders in the area in question.



Improving nutrient management performance


The use efficiency of fertilizers has become a top priority for the fertilizer industry. In this connection, the industry, together with partners, is developing and promoting a sets of site- and crop-specific best management practices that will help farmers to improve nutrient use efficiency (share of the nutrient applied that is taken up by crops). Improving nutrient use efficiency and effectiveness simultaneously optimizes farming productivity and profitability and reduces risks of nutrient losses to the environment and associated impacts on the air, water, soils and climate.


More information about nutrient use efficiency:

     
Our position paper
Addressing Nutrient Management Performance
Key Principles


Fertilizer Facts issue
Nitrogen Use Efficiency in
Different Parts of the World
  Our book
Fertilizer Best Management Practices

More information on the 4Rs:

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