Precision Ag

Northside Elevator offers the latest technology for agronomy services – Precision Ag.  Our precision agronomy program provides a customized approach to smarter, more efficient input use. Starting from the ground up, we offer industry leading tools to make you more profitable – from GPS based grid soil sampling, dual product variable rate fertilizer applications, variable rate seed prescriptions, yield mapping analysis, UAV (drone) flights, and satellite imagery.  We have invested heavily in these tools to help improve your return on investment.  This is essential with today’s commodity prices – and we utilize these technologies to maintain and grow profitability in any economy, but especially when margins are tight.

Agronomist Drew Mizgalski and crop scouting drone.
Agronomist Drew Mizgalski with scouting drone.

A key area of focus involves our grid soil sampling program.  Over the past several years we’ve produced more grain and more forage than ever before.  The traditional “starter” or other fertilizer applications that were traditionally applied no longer supplement the nutrients removed in annual production.  There’s been a downward trend in nutrient levels – especially Potassium, a key, often yield limiting when low, nutrient for all the crops we grow!

Crop scouting drone being operated.
Drone being operated for crop scouting.

Some growers have been proactive and have begun to combat the nutrient drain using straight rate broadcast corrective applications.  Although this is generally a good idea, fields that are not consistently deficient are not receiving the appropriate amount of product in each part of a field.  This reduces efficiency of input dollars, and in the current market we must utilize input dollars to gain the most efficient return on investment.

This is where grid soil sampling comes in – we can improve nutrient levels using a more balanced approach.  If a field has areas with adequate or high soil test scores, fertilizer applications may be reduced or eliminated this year while areas with lower fertility the input dollars may be reallocated there.  This allows for a possible increase in yield potential, more efficient input expenditure and therefore an increase the field’s profitability!  That’s a Win-Win approach!

Our precision ag services offerings include:

  • Grid sampling
  • Variable rate fertilizer application and recommendations
  • Variable rate lime recommendations
  • Variable rate seeding recommendations
  • Drone crop scouting

Each of these services is designed for efficiency and your profitability. Contact our agronomy team to schedule any of the precision ag services, today!