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Variable Rate Fertilization for Maize and its Effects Based on the Site-specific Soil Fertility and Yield

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  071066.(doi:10.13031/2013.23652)
Authors:   Shuhui Zhang, Yubin Lan, Wei LI , W Clint Hoffmann, Yan Xu, Chenglin Ma
Keywords:   Variable rate fertilization; soil fertility; yield goal; precision agriculture

The experiments of variable rate fertilization (VRF) for maize were carried out by using a VRF system that was designed and manufactured by us. In the studies, prescriptions of VRT were made for maize according to the nutrient levels in soil and the theory of yield goal. The results of this study have shown that VRF increased maize yield by 11% more in 2004 than that of conventional method of fertilization and 33% in 2005, and the application rate was saved by 32% in 2004 and 29% in 2005. In addition to higher yields, VRF also increased the output under the condition of reasonable rate of fertilizer application.

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