Session
Title: Precision Conservation
Date: Tue Jul 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Moderator: N/A
4 Rs Are Not Enough

4 Rs Are Not Enough: We Need 7 Rs for Nutrient Management and Soil and Water Conservation

The concept of precision farming has been around for about the last two decades and big steps forward have been achieved. The 4Rs concept is viewed as the method to increase nutrient use efficiency while reducing nutrient losses and impacts to the environment. This presentation aims to bring to the forefront the need to incorporate precision conservation to improve nutrient management, reduce off-site transport of nutrients, and minimize off-site impacts. This presentation covers the Delgado (2015) publication that proposes that the 4Rs (right product, at the right rate, at the right time, and at the right place) are not enough to reduce environmental impacts. There is a need to bring precision conservation to the forefront of precision farming and use 7 Rs (right product, right rate, right method, right practice, right place, right scale, and right time) for nutrient management and soil and water conservation. Nutrient management and conservation need to go together in the same plan.

 
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Adapting Precision Technologies to the Management of Soil Health
This presentation will provide a framework for soil health assessment as well as a discussion of temporal and spatial variability in soil health characteristics. This will be followed by a discussion about precision management may be applied to improve the effciency of management options to improve soil health. 
 
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