Choice of cultivar can impact productivity by more than 180%, points out DigiFarmz

Researchers analyzed the fungicide and nutrition responses of more than 75 soybean cultivars

09.07.2024 | 17:08 (UTC -3)
Fabiana Duarte

Present in Brazil, Paraguay and the United States, Digifarmz, an agtech specialized in digital technology for personalized predictive recommendations for agronomic management to control crop diseases, has a research team focused on strategies for better results in soybeans, wheat, corn , among other cultures.

In a recent work carried out in the 2023/24 harvest in its headquarters city, Passo Fundo/RS, with materials from 16 breeders, in two different sowing times (November 08th and December 12th), the researchers analyzed the behavior of responses from fungicides and nutrition for more than 75 soybean cultivars.

According to Leonardo Furlani, Technical Coordinator of Research and Development at DigiFarmz, when subjected to the same soil, climate and management conditions, there was a large variation in the final productivity of the cultivars. “When analyzing the extremes, in the first sowing season, the champion cultivar obtained a productivity of 109,2 bags per hectare, while in the second season, the champion cultivar obtained 83,6 bags per hectare, showing that, even in conditions of high rainfall, As was the case in the 2023/24 harvest, the materials managed to achieve excellent productivity results. On the other hand, in the first sowing season there were cultivars with yields close to 50 bags/hectare (52,1) while in the second season the worst result was 29,7 bags per hectare”, he reveals.

Analyzing that during the harvest there were no management variations, that is, all cultivars were subjected to the same conditions, a response change of more than 105% in productivity was obtained between cultivars in the first season and more than 180% in the second season.

“Choosing the ideal cultivar for each situation is one of the most important decisions for a producer to achieve success and high productivity. It is important to choose an adapted cultivar, compatible with production management, take into account agronomic characteristics, production capacity, cycle, technology, sensitivity to diseases, pests and nematodes and distribute cultivars appropriately within the farm, adapting for each plot, making the potential productivity of the cultivar expressed”, points out Furlani.

In the experiment carried out, the following cultivars stood out as being more productive for the first sowing season: BMX Titanium TF, NEO 560 IPRO, NEO 531 I2X, DM 56ix59 IPRO, GH 5115 I2X, NS 5252 I2X, 95R40 IPRO, NEO 510 IPRO , 95R21 E and 95Y42 IPRO. For the second sowing season, the following cultivars stood out: DM 56ix59 IPRO, BMX Titanium TF, HO Tibagi I2X, HO Pirapó IPRO, HO Paraguaçu I2X, 95R40 IPRO, 95Y42 IPRO, 95R21 E, BMX Raio IPRO, DM 54ix57 I2X.

DigiFarmz is one of the pioneers in the transformation of digital agriculture and has already impacted more than 4 thousand farms, avoiding product waste, healthier cultivation and increased productivity. With more than half a million hectares monitored on approximately a thousand farms in Brazil and Paraguay, agtrech combines trials and field research with algorithms anchored in Artificial Intelligence to, based on more than 50 variables, deliver guidance for better decision-making on cost -benefit from fungicides, more appropriate planting windows, as well as for the application of inputs and respective doses, real-time alerts on disease incidence, among other notes to ensure the productive potential of crops. 

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