MZB TechnologiesZone-based Precision Farming
MZB Technologies & Asmus Farm Supply
Together, Asmus Farm Supply & MZB Technologies have partnered together to help farmers make the best management decisions for every acre of every field.
Grid sampling isn’t always the most effective way to predict yield changes based on soil samples, so we’re here to help improve that with zone-based precision farming.
It Starts in the Dirt
Knowing what’s happening at soil level offers you more control over input cost, and enables farmers to make better management decisions. Zone-based precision farming can help farmers manage changes such as elevation, soil properties and nutrient holding capacities.
With today’s precision farming technologies, it’s possible to plant different seed populations, apply different fertilizers and nutrients at varying rates, and even plant different hybrids within the same field – all based on each field management zone’s unique characteristics.
The data collected from your field – soil EC, RTK-measured elevation, NDVI crop vigor measurements and yield potential – is sent to the MZB Mapping Center, where field experts create up to 12 different management zones within a single field.
This multi-layer approach helps identify variability in residual nutrients like phosphorus, potassium and zinc – variability that single layer zone-management programs won’t see.
After the data is gathered, it is stored in a cloud-based platform that gives you access to view field maps, soil sample data, application information, and organize your fields and upload yield data. Plus, mobile MZB tools are compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Androids and gives you the ability to compare yield data with zone maps with a GPS pinpoint.
“My operation was heading toward zone farming, but I couldn’t figure out how to put it all together. MZB was the answer to my needs and set me on the path to zone farming. The people I work with in MZB definitely keep me coming back. The big eye opener for me was how I was mining the fertility from my best producing zones and over applying fertilizer on my least producing zones. This helped me to know where to best spend my fertilizer dollars.”Joe, in Estherville, IA