US DuPont partners on effort to increase nitrogen management

19 February 2014 20:14 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont, the University of Missouri and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will combine resources, technologies and expertise to help growers improve crop yields through better nitrogen application management and other field input planning, DuPont announced on Wednesday.

The US-based agricultural titan said that the collaborative effort aims to enhance sustainable agricultural production through field and crop modelling that targets the specific soil, climatic, watershed and production conditions within producers’ fields with real-time information.

The agreement is a the three-year exclusive arrangement between DuPont Pioneer, the University of Missouri and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and will bring together the respective strengths of each party in precision agriculture. 

DuPont said that it is bringing to the project its unique computerised process which utilises the latest high-resolution technology to achieve great accuracy in soil mapping, which will enable improved placement and management of crop inputs such as nitrogen fertilizer.

“DuPont Pioneer has long been dedicated to providing our customers with products and services that bring the greatest value to each acre through sustainable field management,” said Paul Schickler, DuPont Pioneer president. “This public-private collaboration with Missouri and USDA-ARS takes that effort to a higher level, helping growers increase yields while being better stewards of the environment.”

By Mark Milam