Farmers across the globe increasingly recognise that protecting the soil is their number one responsibility and that the knowledge of soil type, structure, management, and condition can be the difference between good plant growth and a thriving ecosystem or a wasteland. If the soil is healthy, the plants will be healthier, and farmers will harvest healthier crops.
The United Nations’ World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December to emphasize the importance of sustainable soil resource management. The 2020 campaign “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity” aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy soil ecosystems.
Soil health, however, goes beyond fertility. Where soil fertility looks at the ability of soil to sustain agricultural plant growth and provide consistent yields, soil health also takes factors like soil structure and biological activity into consideration. Healthy soils are the foundation of a sustainable food production system that keeps agricultural land productive in meeting the food needs of the future as well as to maintain an environment rich in biodiversity.
Precision and conservation farming practices can improve production and cultivation methods and optimize the application of fertilizers. The integration of field mapping and soil analysis, together with harvest and weather data integrated with satellite crop monitoring systems, enables the farmer to manage his farming operations more efficiently. Combining all collected data, fertilizers and lime can be applied to problem areas in each field, or areas within fields, at variable rates according to script recommendations.
The McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive Stage V tractor is one of the highly anticipated new machines suitable for minimum and no-till practices. Characterized by a general increase in power and equipped with a 6-cylinder, 24-valve 6.7-litre Beta Power Fuel Efficiency engine, the McCormick X7.624 delivers a maximum torque of 983 Nm at 1,400 rpm.
In addition, the Power Plus system guarantees maximum power and performance but also offers lower tractor wear and fuel savings. The Selective Catalyst Reduction system with a 52-litre AdBlue tank reduces engine emissions.
Because the McCormick X7.624 is compatible with satellite guidance and the ISOBUS system that connects the tractor, implements, and on-board computer, it is extremely suitable for precision farming. The advanced McCormick Fleet Management system makes it possible to manage a fleet of tractors by providing immediate, accurate geofencing information that provides data on the worked area, telemetry and geopositioning.
It is also easy to use. With ISOBUS, the operator can manage all implements using a single touchscreen monitor without having to use additional control units in the cabin.
McCormick has always been at the side of those working in the agricultural sector to meet the great challenges of today and tomorrow with cutting-edge solutions and efficient technologies.