When Joaquin Oliverio, an agronomist living in Arkansas (USA) since 2014 He understood that the margins in agriculture were decreasing, he knew that only technology was going to make a difference.
In this sense, he thought Precise agriculture that came to live in the form of changes in the production system, With new developments. “One of them is batch mapping, a simple, inexpensive and accurate tool,” he said.
In this way he became aware of a soil sensor developed by an Austrian company. Able to measure apparent electrical conductivity of soil, Ie the ability of a material to conduct electricity With a high degree of correlation with soil properties such as texture, salinity, and humidity.
He immediately assumed that it was A great opportunity for Argentina to take it And in search of partners he remembered Pedro Telechia and Martine Luzi, Two professionals and friends He met while he worked in the country and sent soil samples to an agricultural laboratory in the city of Buenos Aires, Roberts.
Thus, in mid-2019, The top antelope mapper (TSM) arrived in the country, directly from Austria. Here Telechia and Luzi, from the West Consultant, were waiting for him. The last several months of work at the University of Rosario also awaited him to validate the data.
With an epidemic in between and already objective references, the team He was ready to go to work in the fields. “It weighs only 30 kg and can be carried in the bed of the truck. Our sensor does not touch the ground (Burial blades are not needed) and Another notable point is that It has four receivers that allow four depths to be measured ”, Oliverio described.
Unable to return to the country due to the epidemic, they were Telechia and Luzi who were in charge of carrying out the venture. At first he offered the service to his own customers and over time he opened the range.
“To date we have surveyed some 3,000 hectares and confirmed that we have 3,000 hectares more. We were confirmed to have work in the province of Buenos Aires, south of Santa Fe and Córdoba, and east of La Pampa. We can do about 800 hectares per day ”, Telechia Detailed.
Luzi pointed out that there are three services. “One is to provide the raw material, the other is to provide raw data and an interpretation in the field and most of the material is transported to the laboratory where the physical and chemical properties of the soil and prescriptions are analyzed. A batch for differential management Is done in India, ”he explained.
Oliverio, who still could not meet his now virtual colleagues, is clear that his project will last long. “It enables efficient management practices and enables money to be spent where it should be done,” he concluded.