Specializing in Soil Sampling and Mapping, Management Zone Development & Data Management Technology
MAX Agronomy consulting services focus mainly on soil management. It is a process that starts with getting a handle on the soil fertility needs of the operation. When you contract with MAX Agronomy, we do the sampling and the mapping, all, of course, geo-referenced. We provide analytical services through Brookside Laboratories Inc. We understand there are many ways to collect samples, but very few reveal the quality of information needed to make proper decisions with regard to inputs. When initial maps and analytics are done, we will provide you with fertilizer recommendations and maps for necessary applications of needed materials. We can also provide maps for any layer of information we have. For example, if you require maps of potassium levels across the farm, we can get you that data.
During the growing season, we are available to help with any problems that may pop up that are of an agronomic nature. You may have compaction or disease, there may be a soil quality issue, or spot fertility issues. We act as your personal agronomist, and as we sell no products, the information we provide is for the benefit of your operation only. We also take into consideration current economics for input decisions to achieve the goal of maximum profitability.
At MAX Agronomy, we understand that soils have different capabilities as far as the ability to produce. We develop management zones based on soil type first. It is not possible to mix two different types of soils and get a representative analysis back on which we are basing input decisions that your money is being spent. Soil type, elevation, and color are some of the attributes we use to form zones. Over time, we are interested in stable zones for treatment and "researching." Once the infield variability is locked in, the accuracy of input delivery, be it fertilizer, seed, or Nitrogen…becomes very efficient. Growers can also then research different practices across these zones to keep reaching for maximum profit per acre in any one year. We use farmer-driven data as well to increase the accuracy of our zone development. Things like yield maps, elevation maps, and imagery can also be used to develop these zones. We look at trends over time for these zones to make sure that fertility levels remain balanced and more than adequate for optimum crop production.
Virtually every farm is using some type of monitor, and if you are not, your input supplier is. Regardless, these monitors produce a lot of data that can be used to help manage your fields. Even good sources of imagery can be used to identify zones for treatment. MAX Agronomy can help you utilize the data from your monitors. Yield, planter, and sprayer data can be downloaded and put into a report format for your records and, in some cases, for your banker and insurance agent. If you are having custom applications done, request "as applied" data files. We use your data to help make management zones and to help you make decisions on inputs. And it's your data!
The case for variable rate prescriptions is well documented. MAX Agronomy can put any material you want to utilize on your farm into a prescription of some kind, if you so desire. All our recommendations for corrective or maintenance treatments are variable rate ready and can be put into just about any format that you or a supplier would use. Whether it's planting prescriptions or nitrogen rate prescriptions, we have the experience to help you. We currently have a license for Ag Leaders Agfinity. So, if you have Ag Leader monitors, we can access those over the cloud. We also have several who utilize John Deere's JD Link.