Zone Based Farming

MZB ZONE-BASED PRECISION FARMING

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The data collected from your field – soil EC, RTK-measured elevation, NDVI crop vigor measurements and yield potential – is sent to the MZB Mapping Center, where our field experts create up to 12 different management zones within a single field.

This multi-layer approach helps identify variability in residual nutrients like phosphorus, potassium and zinc – variability that single layer zone-management programs won’t see.

IN THE ZONE

Zones 1-3: These are purely elevation zones. Elevation changes nutrient and water holding capacities. Higher elevated areas such as a ridge or hilltop will yield differently than lower spots where water and nutrients accumulate.

Zones 4-6: These lower yield zones feature high, medium and low clay or soluble salt content relative to the rest of the field.

Zones 7-9: These medium yield zones feature high, medium and low clay or soluble salt content relative to the rest of the field.

Zones 10-12: These high yield zones feature high, medium and low clay or soluble salt content relative to the rest of the field.

EC readings correlate strongly to soil grain size or texture:

Sand = Low Conductivity
Silt = Medium Conductivity
Clay = High Conductivity

Example: Zone 12 is a high producing zone with higher sand content, which can leach N more quickly than a high yielding zone with more clay content. Now within each zone, the farmer can change how much N is applied based on the soil property.