White papers

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Adoption level is the most underestimated factor in fertiliser recommendations

Dr. Christy van Beek, an expert in soil fertility and food security, explains in this white paper why she believes adoption level is the most underestimated factor in fertiliser recommendations. Find out what 20 years of experience in making fertiliser recommendations has taught her.

How soil heterogeneity in a field may lead to different soil testing values

Soil testing results using sensor technology can deviate from “old” soil testing results or soil samples from the same field (part) can give completely different results. One of the major reasons for this variation is the soil heterogeneity within the field. Dr. Peter van Erp, Director of Research and Development at AgroCares, gives more background information on this topic in this white paper.

The Effect of Climate Change on Agriculture in East Africa

The consequences of climate change are numerous and can be observed all over the world. In this white paper David Marcelis and Florent Mournetas highlight the impact of climate change on agriculture focusing on farmers in East Africa in particular. The white paper discussed how farmers can adapt to climate change, the importance of access to reliable weather forecasts in this process and the role of the CROPMON project in which AgroCares is a leading partner.

Management zones for more efficient liming strategies

AgroCares is often confronted with questions from farmers and advisors on how to optimize their lime application. It seems that soil or crop specific liming recommendations are often lacking. In this white paper by dr. Peter van Erp, Director Research and Development at AgroCares, we discuss the background of lime recommendations and how SoilCares concept of routine soil testing can contribute to more efficient liming strategies.

Conversion of soil data: the sense and non-sense of conversion studies

At AgroCares we convert spectral data of a particular medium (soil, crop, feed, etc) into nutrient contents of that product. This is what we do and many of our customers appreciate and recognise the advantages of sensor technology over conventional technology, where sensor technology is fast, affordable, real time and easy.

Soil organic matter depletion as a major threat to Ethiopian agriculture

Agriculture is considered as the backbone of Ethiopian economy. The government promotes rural development through policies that enhance intensive and commercially-oriented agriculture. Soil quality may be the bottleneck of these ambitions as more than half of the agricultural land shows signs of land degradation.