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Blog - Certificate course enters 2nd round | 07.04.2021
In 2020, the 1st certificate course around digital crop production started. Time for a review and outlook! Read more

The Restrictions on N-Fertilization in Red Areas

Blog - The Restrictions on N-Fertilization in Red Areas | 07.04.2021
The Fertilizer Ordinance was adopted in 2017 and revised in 2020. This presents agricultural businesses with major problems. Peer Leithold, Managing Director of Agricon GmbH, takes a critical look at the ordinance and presents possible solutions. Read more

[Translate to Englisch:] Bodenscanner-Karten im agriPORT

Blog - From now and free of charge: The soil scanner maps in agriPORT | 01.04.2021
Since 2002, we have been using the soil scanner to record the heterogeneity of your soils. At the beginning of this year 2021, we have now uploaded the soil scanner data free of charge in digital form to our agriPORT for over 1,600 customers in Germany, as well as in large parts of Eastern Europe. Read more

Interface from agriPORT to the JD Operation Center

Blog - Interface from agriPORT to the JD Operation Center | 03.11.2020
Data transfer is one of the toughest challenges in precision farming. With the new interface between agriPORT and JD Operation Center, application maps can be easily and quickly transferred directly to the machines. Read more

Interview: The autumn scan is part of the fertilization

Blog - Interview: The autumn scan is part of the fertilization | 13.09.2020
The AGRAR Dresdner Vorland has been working with the YARA N-Sensor for many years and has used it almost from the beginning to carry out an autumn scan as well. We met with operations manager Mirko Pietzsch and asked what benefits the autumn scan brings to the company. Read more

Nutrient deficiency: Nearly two thirds of all surfaces boast at least one blatant absencee

Blog - Nutrient deficiency: Nearly two thirds of all surfaces boast at least one blatant absencee | 19.08.2020
A good plant nutrition is the correct synergy of different nutrients. No nutrient should therefore be in abundance and no nutrient should be in deficiency. However, from the analysis of around 300,000 soil samples, we know that at least one (or more) nutrient(s) in content class A or B is present on around 60% of all areas we sampled. This is an unsustainable situation that we urgently need to change Read more

Review of working groups: The "hidden champion" in precision farming

Blog - Review of working groups: The "hidden champion" in precision farming | 26.03.2020
The procedure for the precise application of fungicides and growth regulators is ingeniously simple and logical. We explain how digital crop protection works and show the positive effects it contributes to. Read more

Workshop review: Investments in base fertilization always pay off

Blog - Workshop review: Investments in base fertilization always pay off | 26.03.2020
At our working groups it was one of the most important topics: base fertilization. Why more and more farmers are investing in a professional examination of their soils is explained by our managing director Peer Leithold Read more

Blog - Countering early summer drought with old and new methods | 26.03.2020
Winter cereals are currently suffering to a greater or lesser extent from the early summer drought - for the third year in succession. Perhaps now is the right time to analyse the criteria and causes that contribute to the stagnation of plant growth under dry conditions Read more

Workshop review: Dealing with the fertilizer ordinance

Blog - Workshop review: Dealing with the fertilizer ordinance | 06.03.2020
The current fertilizer ordinance is poorly made in terms of content and methodology. Its strict observance and the adherence to old fertilization habits will undoubtedly lead to financial losses. But there are ways out of a system of limited N supply Read more

Blog - The AgRevolutionary | 03.02.2020
For entrepreneur Peer Leithold, every square meter of a field is unique due to the interaction of climate, soil type and plants. With his team, he has digitized agriculture - and convinced a market leader. Read more

Is digitalization the 'magical solution'?

Blog - Is digitalization the 'magical solution'? | 12.11.2019
Why does society no longer trust agriculture - but still trust the individual farmer? What are the reasons for this and can digitalization help to regain the lack of trust? Read more

Precision in corn production

Blog - Precision in corn production | 18.10.2019
Strategies in corn cultivation are continuously optimized. Nevertheless, it still poses a number of economic, ecological and political challenges. Digital processes can increase the efficiency of maize production and at the same time conserve natural resources. Read more

The autumn scan of grain and rapeseed

Blog - The autumn scan of grain and rapeseed | 04.10.2019
In the "autumn scan", farmers use their YARA N-Sensor® to measure the current N uptake of winter rape stocks and can thus calculate spreading maps for the first N dosage in the following spring. This ensures optimum fertilization of the plants. Current research results show that this procedure also leads to positive effects in winter wheat. Read more

Site specific application of growth regulators

Blog - Site specific application of growth regulators | 06.09.2019
With a constant application of growth regulators, weak stands are treated up to 4 times overdosed. For large populations, less than half the application rate remains. In unfavorable situations, this leads to repeated lodging in the high yield zones and yield losses in the low yield zones. Growth regulators therefore have to be applied site specifically. Read more

Knowledge beats technology

Blog - Knowledge beats technology | 06.08.2019
With precision farming, the partial areas of a field are worked with pinpoint precision. Peer Leithold and his company Agricon intend to automate this process and digitize crop cultivation. He started this process 20 years ago. Read more

Precision Farming with N-Sensor or Satellite?

Blog - Precision Farming with N-Sensor or Satellite? | 22.07.2019
Since the availability of Sentinel 2 pictures, various offers for the use of this data have come onto the market. With the new (mostly free) digital tools, farmers should be able to increase their yields and save on fertilizers and pesticides. This raises the question of what other raisons d'être the N-Sensor has? Read more

[Translate to Englisch:] Peer und Hermann Leithold

Blog - Tapping into new markets | 12.06.2019
In an interview with EILBOTE, Peer Leithold (Managing Director of Agricon GmbH) and Hermann Leithold (Chief Operating Officer) comment on digitization criticism, an new ph-value sensor and our company's expansion plans. Read more

Ladies' doubles relies on digitization

Blog - Ladies' doubles relies on digitization | 06.06.2019
Simone and Maria Klein run an arable farm in Unstruttal. When compensating for uneven harvest quality due to highly heterogeneous soils, both farmers rely on site-specific fertilisation and show that Precision Farming can also pay off in small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises. Read more

Thinking from the plant's point of view

Blog - Thinking from the plant's point of view | 31.05.2019
Agricon's founder and managing director Peer Leithold is convinced: Automation will bring a lot to the field if it bundles the best of crop science. His reply to criticism of digitalization. Read more

Blog - Variable N fertilization increases yields and saves nitrogen | 25.04.2019
This spring, the amended Fertiliser Ordinance is having a particularly strong effect on N fertilisation on farms. Restrictions due to the fertiliser requirement value and the tightening of the company nutrient comparison are being imposed on many farms. Read more

Agricon digitalizes European crop production

Blog - Agricon digitalizes European crop production | 19.04.2019
In 30 years roughly nine billion people will live on our planet. At the same time, the world's arable land will have decreased by several billion hectares at the same time. Intensifying crop production in Europe is therefore a question of global responsibility. Read more

Site specific application of fungicides

Blog - Site specific application of fungicides | 18.03.2019
Substantial cost pressure, the emergence of resistances, bans on agents, stricter legal regulations and social criticism pose major challenges to our crop protection industry. The right dosage for different sub-areas or plant populations can help the agribusinesses. The benefits of a stock-dependent dosage for fungicides have now been scientifically investigated for the first time and the effects quantified. Read more

Sense and nonsense of digitalization in crop production

Blog - Sense and nonsense of digitalization in crop production | 12.03.2019
In the public debate on agricultural digitalization, many (self-proclaimed) "experts" make public statements. However, they are more often confusing than contributing to factual solutions. It is therefore time to bring order and system into this discussion - with facts! Read more

Downed - when trials go wrong

Blog - Downed - when trials go wrong | 01.03.2019
The number of practice-relevant experiments on sensor-controlled nitrogen fertilization is currently still relatively low. On-farm research is therefore urgently needed. The trials are subject to clear principles and rules. If these are not observed or violated, results without general validity and unsuitable for publication. The research work of the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Agriculture is exemplary in this respect. Read more

Sustainable crop protection with the N-Sensor

Blog - Sustainable crop protection with the N-Sensor | 22.02.2019
Eric and Moritz Krull look not only at their own wallets, but also at society's demands. With the Yara N-Sensor® and the rule-based crop protection system from Agricon, they manage this balancing act. Read more

How is it that base fertilization always comes second

Blog - How is it that base fertilization always comes second | 18.02.2019
Depending on the nutrient and livestock density of a region, 30-40% of the areas are often underserved according to official advice. We wanted to substantiate this somewhat rough statistic with our own investigation and took a look. The result: on average every second field suffers from a considerable lack of nutrients. Read more

Digitization in agriculture - between hype and frustration

Blog - Digitization in agriculture - between hype and frustration | 30.01.2019
At present it seems as if digitization in agriculture is accelerating more and more. At least if one observes the corresponding activities of various corporations. Announcements promise a better, digital future. But if you talk to practitioners, it becomes clear that this topic, which is so dominant in the public, causes more frustration than desire for this future. Read more

Yield potential maps a second time - Why, agronomically, they make no sense at all

Blog - Yield potential maps a second time - Why, agronomically, they make no sense at all | 19.12.2018
Yield potential maps and yield targets are mostly used to measure the optimal nitrogen fertilization. With this approach, however, we are unfortunately on the wrong track. The attempt is to calculate the N fertilizer required by balancing plant growth, N consumption and N fertilizer supplied as in a static black box. However, nature is not that simple... Read more

Optimization of N-fertilization to winter wheat with the help of digital tools

Blog - Optimization of N-fertilization to winter wheat with the help of digital tools | 14.12.2018
How can nitrogen fertilization to winter wheat be optimized with the help of digital tools? Dr. Martin Schneider addressed this question in his presentation at the 2018 Arable Farming Conference in Bernburg. In the presentation, the focus will be on the application of our digital N-fertilization method in the entire vegetation process. Read more

A pioneer in fertilizer management

Blog - A pioneer in fertilizer management | 07.12.2018
As an agricultural service provider, Eberhard Tanzberger has been offering his customers sub-area-specific basic and nitrogen fertilization for 18 years. He is supported by Agricon. The services are based on soil samples, the Yara N-Sensor® and the cloud-based data management software agriPORT. Read more

The fall scan is in full swing

Blog - The fall scan is in full swing | 14.11.2018
This year some farmers may think that an autumn scan is not worthwhile for the poorly established stocks. On the basis of the first data from this autumn we cannot confirm this assumption. The N-iamges of the stands are sometimes very high and the variability within the fields is immense! Read more

Workshop: "Digital plant production" - orientation and training for farmers

Blog - Workshop: "Digital plant production" - orientation and training for farmers | 06.11.2018
Over 200 farmers took part in the "Digital Plant Production" task force last year. Over the next eleven weeks, Agricon employees will once again meet personally with farm managers and agronomists to discuss rule-based plant production. The series of events will take place at a total of 19 locations throughout Germany. Read more

Yield potential maps - Why they do not work

Blog - Yield potential maps - Why they do not work | 01.11.2018
Yield maps have been known in agricultural practice for over 25 years. Yield potential maps are to be calculated from a series of yield maps. These, in turn, are to be used in precision farming in order to be able to plan farming measures and the use of resources precisely. The wish seems to be father to the thought! Read more

Press review - the new Yara N-Sensor® ALS 2 generation

Blog - Press review - the new Yara N-Sensor® ALS 2 generation | 26.10.2018
The market launch of the Yara N-Sensor® ALS 2 was well received in agricultural magazines. We have compiled the most important news for our agriconBLOG. Read more

[Translate to Englisch:] YARA N-Sensor ALS 2

Blog - 9 reasons pro the YARA N-Sensor® ALS 2 | 17.10.2018
The new generation of the YARA N-Sensor® ALS sets new standards in precision farming. It continues the long-standing success story of the YARA N-Sensor®. Agricultural journalist Karl Bockholt has enumerated nine arguments in favour of the next generation of the sensor system. Read more

Soil data as basis for intelligent plant cultivation

Blog - Soil data as basis for intelligent plant cultivation | 05.10.2018
Farmers, representatives of the agribusiness and scientists discussed new ways of data collection and evaluation in crop production at the SeBiMo innovation forum. Agricon was one of the project partners and presented its sub-area-specific management of soil fertility based on nutrient contents at a final congress. Read more

Lime planning for the entire farm in less than a minute

Blog - Lime planning for the entire farm in less than a minute | 27.09.2018
In our cloud-based software agriPORT, nutrient distribution maps are presented individually for each farm. Simple routines enable you, as the plant manager, to know immediately how much lime you need for your areas. In addition, you can have lime litter maps calculated for the entire operation according to VDLUFA specifications. In this short video, we provide the proof that lime planning can be carried out for the entire farm in less than a minute: Read more

How you can earn 50 EUR/ha with a little thought when liming!

Blog - How you can earn 50 EUR/ha with a little thought when liming! | 20.09.2018
Lime contributes to the long-term preservation of soil fertility and ensures reliable yields. In practice, however, limescale is still far too often used to avoid demand. As a result, suboptimal pH values predominate in many places, which has a negative effect on the profitability of the farm. The adjustment of the optimum pH value in the fields is not witchcraft. Read more

The dilemma with herbicides and fungicides

Blog - The dilemma with herbicides and fungicides | 28.06.2018
We were guests at this year's field day of Syngenta Agro GmbH in Methau. There it became clear what a precarious situation the agricultural and especially the crop protection industry is currently in: What do we do when consultants recommend herbicide savings of up to 50% or when farmers apply a fungicide over and over again at the same time? What can you do if this quickly leads to the development of resistance to an active ingredient and makes crop protection products ineffective? Read more

Do we really have to fertilize at maximum?

Blog - Do we really have to fertilize at maximum? | 18.04.2018
Irrespective of the type of operation or management, the industry almost unanimously assumes that the new FO will have a more or less negative impact on yields due to the capping of N quantities. The reason for this lies in the still widespread "accounting thinking": For a quintal of yield I need x kg N-fertilizer/ha. However, this is not entirely correct, as the approach has two major weaknesses. Read more

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