I am thrilled to announce the release of the next generation in soil and water conservation services to farmers. This week Agren released an upgraded version of our SoilCalculator application to estimate soil erosion and its associated economic cost. Beyond a doubt this is the best program ever developed to demonstrate the negative effects of soil erosion and encourage farmers to do more soil conservation.
SoilCalculator’s updated web interface provides quicker results than in the past. And, report outputs quantify the economics of lost production due to soil erosion under different management alternatives. The enhanced reporting also helps growers and their advisors better understand the impact of management on the health of their soil and address specific problem sites. Efforts can then be targeted to apply conservation practices in the right place, at the right time, and at the right scale to achieve both environmental and economic benefits.
Originally released in 2013, Agren® SoilCalculator allows service providers to input various crop rotations, tillage systems, and conservation practices and view the resulting erosion predictions for up to three scenarios. Color-coded maps, similar to a GIS yield map, pinpoint areas of high erosion.
SoilCalculator is the first software of its kind to estimate soil erosion and allow growers to see the economic impact of changes in management. Growers can easily evaluate alternatives side by side to maximize profits, conserve soil, preserve yields, and reduce nutrient inputs. That’s real value!
While SoilCalculator is a standalone application for ag service providers, it is the pinnacle of our three-tiered Sustainability Solution to be announced later this month. Agren’s Sustainability Solution allows growers and their ag advisors, to incorporate conservation decisions into their precision ag platforms. Service offerings include risk assessments as well as custom solutions including Soil Savings Plans and the planning of conservation structures such as grassed waterways, water & sediment control basins, ponds, and wetlands.
I am excited for the new opportunities SoilCalculator brings to ag retailers and to growers! I invite you watch the Overview Video below to learn more.