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Variable-Rate Technology

Variable-rate technology (VRT) describes any technology which enables producers to vary the rate of crop inputs.  VRT combines a variable-rate (VR) control system with application equipment to apply inputs at a precise time and/or location to achieve site-specific application rates of inputs.  A complement of components, such as a DGPS receiver, computer, VR software, and controller are integrated to make VRT work.  A site-specific approach allows growers to apply products only where they are needed in a field.  Varying the application of inputs can reduce input and labor costs, maximize productivity, and reduces the impact over-application may have on the environment.  Examples of VR applications for agriculture include fertilizer, lime, seeding and pesticides.

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Planter Maintenance 101: An Important Step for High Yielding Crops

Success of the growing season starts on the front end with planting.  Seed costs continue to increase so peak performance of the planter is critical to maximize the yield potential of every seed.  The Alabama... more