VR Technology

Variable Rate Technology



Variable Rate technology allows variable rate application of crop inputs so they can be precisely matched with soil or crop requirements across a field. This technology includes sensors and a rate controller on application equipment to vary the amount of product based on a prescription map or sensed soil/crop properties in real-time. Variable rate technology helps in more efficient application of crop inputs and increasing environmental sustainability by reducing excess application in certain areas of the field. Although variable rate technology is being widely adopted across different applications, the most common use of this technology among growers is to vary fertilizer, lime, and seeding rates based on a grid or zone-based management practice.


Simerjeet Virk Assistant Professor and Extension Precision Ag Specialist
Crop & Soil Sciences