AMVAC Chemical Corporation recently announced a collaboration with the J. R. Simplot Company to field test AMVAC’s proprietary SIMPAS™ prescriptive application equipment. SIMPAS stands for Smart Integrated Multi-product Prescriptive Application System. This technology enables Simplot Grower Solutions (SGS) to test-run the application equipment as part of SGS’s comprehensive services to their growers. SIMPAS allows growers to apply multiple differentiated products to only the portion of the fields needing specific inputs. According to Dave Dufault, Vice President and General Manager, J. R. Simplot Company, “We’ve been big and early supporters of 4R Nutrient Stewardship to ensure growers use the right fertilizer in the right amounts at the right time and in the right place, and this technology expands these services to a total solution. Combining Simplot’s SmartFarm data-driven agronomy solutions and AMVAC’s SIMPAS technology, we can enable farmers to apply crop protection, nutrition and specialty products to only those areas of their fields where they’re needed.”
Combining Simplot’s SmartFarm data-driven agronomy solutions and AMVAC’s SIMPAS technology, we can enable farmers to apply crop protection, nutrition and specialty products to only those areas of their fields where they’re needed. That’s good stewardship, and it helps farmers maximize their return on investment,” said DuFault.
Bob Trogele, AMVAC COO, says, “Simplot Grower Solutions is one of the premier precision Ag organizations in the world, so we’re thrilled with the opportunity to make pre-commercial SIMPAS systems available to their leading-edge, innovative farmers. Simplot’s crop advisors, utilizing the Simplot SMARTFARM® program, know where and at what rate each product should be applied. The opportunity to combine SIMPAS application technology with SmartFarm prescriptions and post-harvest analysis will give participating farmers and their advisors a head start in the process of scouting for location-specific problems, identifying solutions, developing and applying prescriptions, and assessing the results.”
Installed as “after-market” equipment on a wide range of planter brands and models, SIMPAS equipment will prescriptively apply multiple in-furrow products from on-the-row SmartCartridges in a manner that is similar to the way a printer dispenses ink from multiple ink cartridges. The system uses software to control the application rate of each product on every row at every location in the field with an accuracy of +/- 1%. Each SmartCartridge is a self-contained closed-delivery container that is equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag that confirms each cartridge is authorized for use, properly installed, and in the correct position on the planter. The RFID tag also “links” individual cartridges with the purchaser, enabling farmers to receive credit for unused SmartCartridge contents when returned to the original place of purchase.
Source: New Ag International