Yara aim for a more intelligent distribution of fertilizer within a field

The Yara-N-sensor is used to ensure that the nitrogen application is adjusted according to field variations. The objective is to be able to apply optimal fertilizer level without increasing the risk of nitrogen leaching.

IMG_5506 Project manager Mogens Nielsen and leading agronomist Jesper Juul Ulnitz at Yara Denmark’s headquarter in Fredericia.
Why participate in Future Cropping?

As one of the world’s largest producers of fertilizer Yara’s global strategy is to provide sustainable solutions in the form of effective fertilizers and tools for intelligent application of nitrogen. Therefore it was natural for Yara to participate in Future Cropping by contributing to develop and implement the latest precision technologies and ICT methods to optimize cultivation system without increasing the environmental impact, says project manager Mogens Nielsen from Yara.

Yara is part of work package five.

Area of focus

The Yara N-Sensor is developed for variable rate application and implemented in several of our neighboring countries. The concept of sensor application originates from the objective to optimise fertiliser application. Yara N-sensor is installed on the roof of the tractor and measure the crop on both sides of the tractor.  Fertiliser application is adjusted to crop biomass and nitrogen uptake. The sensor will ensure that N-application is applied according to optimum. The objective is to be able to apply optimal-N, using the right algorithm in the sensor without increasing nitrogen leaching significantly. The Future Cropping partnership provides us with the opportunity to shed light on and improve this combination, says leading agronomist Jesper Ulnitz.

Algorithms for a variety of crops including wheat, barley, rape and maize are developed and tested. These algorithms are developed at Yara’s Research Centre in Germany. Yara-N-sensors will among other things be used for measuring biomass in the two demo fields and for measuring N-response in several experiments under Future Cropping.

Our vision for participating in Future Cropping    

Yara’s main expectations for participating in Future Cropping are that we through cooperation within the partnership will achieve more than we would have when working separately. In Future Cropping several methods are integrated in the field work aiming to increase yields and reduce impacts on the surroundings this fits well with Yara’s strategy for sustainable solutions.

Yara in short

The Yara Group with headquarter located in Oslo, has more than 12,000 employees and sells 35 million tons of fertilizer and other products for farmers and customers in 150 countries. The annual turnover is 15 billion USD.

  • Project manager Mogens Nielsen, Yara Denmark
  • Leading agronomist Jesper Juul Ulnitz, Yara Danmark
  • Commercial agronomist Kristian Nielsen
  • Commercial agronomist Steen Aarup
  • Sales consultant Anders Christiansen
  • Head of Precision Farming – Northern Region Knud Nissen, Yara Sweden
  • Head of research for Allocation Models and tools Jörg Jasper, Yara R & D Hanninghof