Your farm has a recipe too and it is every bit as important to your farming business and, quite possibly, to the sustainability of several generations of your own.
Maybe your recipe won’t produce a Midwest version of a future Paris Hilton and the equivalent “Simple Life” reality TV series, but it can become your secret weapon for producing high-yield, high-income crops with low and efficient input costs.
Your recipe may look something like the one below: calling for a particular build up of energy available to the crop before fruiting and a dry down prior to harvest; careful to stay in the optimum zone –not veering into the over-saturated zone for yield loss and leaching; and preventing crop stress that risks yield loss and undesirable size and quality traits.
Each season, you need a strategy that reflects your best judgment and experience about how much of what to put on when and where in order to achieve maximum yield at minimum cost.
That is, of course, your own private recipe for success. If it is important enough to generate in the first place, and important enough to guide you in spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on ingredients to achieve that just right recipe, then it is important enough to measure and monitor.
That’s where Valley® Soil Pro™ 1200 comes in to help you generate and compare your recipes, as well as monitor root receptivity and reaction to your particular blend of nutrient concoction.
The daily web-based access will alert you whenever your crop is veering away from your strategy. It also allows you can see root growth as it happens and see where the active root zone takes in those ingredients.
Over time and with the correlative relationships from field to field , crop to crop, and season to season, SoilPro 1200 will help you make sense of the data. It will tell you that when you did this, you got that result, and when it was different, what was common to those differences.
It is your life, your business, your intelligence, and your sustainable legacy at stake here. Plan, execute, measure, monitor, conclude, and incorporate dynamic changes. You’re the chef; let’s use science to create a winning recipe.
Bruce is a guest writer for the Growing the Conversation blog by Valley. He is the chief executive officer for AquaSpy™ and a former EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He has led many enterprises to top market positions, primarily in the areas of information management and applied behavioral science. Venture-backed at Cultureworx, DriveCam, and now AquaSpy, Bruce is especially adept at finding new ways for cutting-edge concepts to be quickly adopted into mainstream markets. He has been a frequent guest on national news programs such as “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show.”