Launch of open data crop nutrition platform

The African Plant Nutrition Institute teams up with agricultural research partners worldwide

Marking a major advance in improving crop nutrition and soil health worldwide, the Consortium for Precision Crop Nutrition (CPCN) and Agmatix today launched a unique global platform designed to drive international research collaboration and expand open access to crop nutrient data to farmers, their advisers, and policymakers.

The online platform, powered by the Agmatix Insights solution and spearheaded by CPCN in collaboration with several leading research institutes, enables open access to essential crop nutrient concentrations data.

The platform, which comprises two active databases, serves as a critical open data resource for agricultural researchers and professionals who conduct field trials on soil fertility and crop nutrition.

Developed in partnership with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the first of the two databases looks at production and environmental factors affecting nutrient concentrations to determine the total amount of nutrients removed from the field in the harvested portion of the crop. This provides agronomists and farm advisors with the information needed to improve their plant nutrition plans, delivering key efficiencies and critical yield increases. Focused initially on nutritionally and industrially important crops, such as maize, wheat, rice, and soybean, the Global Crop Nutrient Removal Database includes data on nutrient content, residues, crop yields, and other associated data.

The second resource, The Nutrient Omission Trial Database, is focused on crop nutrient requirements. Created in collaboration with the IFA, the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI), and Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture, this database includes data from researchers and institutes around the globe. It aims to support site-specific recommendations on optimizing nutrient management by enabling researchers to compare crop nutrient requirements and plans.

"Being part of this project enables us to develop and disseminate evidence-based and sustainable crop nutrient management solutions in response to the changing climatic and weather conditions faced by farmers across Africa," explains Dr. Pauline Chivenge, APNI Principal Scientist and CPCN Coordinator.

For more information:
Crop Nutrition Data
cropnutrientdata@agmatix.com
www.cropnutrientdata.net 


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