UNIBEST International: The Future of Precision Nutrient Management
During the growth stage, every crop has a specific nutrient uptake demand from the soil that needs to be fulfilled for maximum yield and quality. UNIBEST Ag Manager, a component of PNI, provides data concerning the active, dynamic components of each soil type. It helps growers, agronomists, and product developers adhere to the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship for determining the right source of fertilizer applied at the right rate, in the right place, and at the right time. With a number of fertilizer products available in the market, it is challenging to quickly evaluate their effectiveness in different types of soil. To compare how different products will bestfit a specific soil and grower’s soil, UNIBEST offers its Try-Before-You- Apply kit. “Our patented Ion-Exchange Resin technology is the core component of this kit, which provides the product performance information,” states Riess. Unlike conventional testing methods that change the physical and chemical characteristics of soil by drying and grinding the samples, UNIBEST uses field-moist soils to quantify the bioavailability of nutrients to plants.
Conventional farming practices need to be optimized to keep up with food supply demands from an ever-increasing population that relies on rapidly shrinking arable land. The answer to this problem lies in understanding the nutritional need of plants to determine which products and placement are best for them. To achieve this, UNIBEST will utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide growers with the information for quantifying all components of the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship, which is tied to the future of commercial agriculture. “UNIBEST reduces the uncertainty associated with soil health and plant growth,” concludes Riess.
By measuring the amount of bioavailable nutrients for plants in a growing medium, UNIBEST can predict their adequacy in plant tissue