With a fuel gauge installed, in-season nutrients can be monitored and measured with ease by our Area Mangers. The information they provide will allow you to make better decisions regarding your in-season fertilizer applications, with the aim of maximizing yield and profit.
All of our services are carried out by our network of full trained Area Managers
A fuel gauge is a strip placed in the paddock (typically 2m x 100m) containing a non-limiting rate of a specific nutrient. Fuel gauges can be carried out across a wide range of crops as a way to monitor in-season nutrients. They also allow Area Managers to measure nutrient response against farmer practice.
How do they work?
Once the nutrient rich strip has been applied, they are read throughout the growing season with a GreenSeeker®. NDVI readings are taken on and off the strip and and inputted into the nitrogen calculator, along with other information such as the paddock sowing date. The software then predicts the response to nitrogen and calculates the rate required to achive optimum yield and returns.
Summit has carried out extensive field research trials under Western Austrialan conditions to test the validity and accuracy of fuel gauge recommendations.
Types of fuel gauges
The majority of fuel gauges are nitrogen, as remedial action can be carried out within the season. Potassium, phosphorus and other nutrient fuel gauges can also be carried out, with responses actioned for the following season.
If you’re interested in setting up a fuel gauge on your farm, or would like to learn more, get in contact with your local Area Manager.
Stable in the soil as it is a cation, but converts to Nitrate readily.
As pH declines (becomes more acidic) Aluminium levels can increase in some soil types. High Aluminium levels will affect root growth reducing their ability to explore large volumes of soil and therefore their access to nutrients and soil moisture. (Read the article on soil pH here)
PBI is a function of soil type. Generally as a soil contains more iron, clay and organic matter, the higher the PBI. (See article)