Each grower has their own list of issues they face each year during the planting season all the way through harvest. But overall, the agricultural industry is facing certain issues together no matter the crop, location or soil.
Overall, one of the biggest issues facing agriculture today is the compressed planting timeframe. It’s become a problematic trend for growers to rapidly plant their crop each year, with planting being compacted into a narrow window living outside of many growers’ comfort zone.
Manufacturing companies are taking note and have started to provide solutions for this issue. For example, high-speed planters are now available to try and increase the rate of the planting process. The challenge though, is to provide and utilize a technology that speeds up the process without sacrificing the protection needed for the plants and the soil. If a grower is utilizing technology that speeds up the planting process, they still need to allow efficient time to apply fertilizer at or right before planting to ensure the proper protection and nutrients for strong seedling emergence and healthy plant growth all season.
Another way growers can get their crops off to a strong start is by extending the planting season, by planting earlier in the spring. In-furrow application of crop nutrients is one solution for increasing plant emergence and allowing the crop to grow stronger and healthier in imperfect environments. The use of a starter fertilizer also helps provide and ensure the needed nutrients for the crop from the beginning of its growth cycle.
Listen to Rick Ekins with FMC as he discusses some key issues issues facing the agriculture industry today.
There are a huge number of issues facing agriculture not that least which is labor, time, compressed planting windows. Some of the things that are going on now in the equipment industry you see are high-speed planters and trying to plant a crop as fast as you can. If we can as a manufacturing industry help growers get that crop in the ground as quickly as they can, but not give up any of the protection that they need, providing systems and providing formulations that fit in the systems they are using, to give them all that protection so they can get that crop in [the ground] in a hurry.