John Deere receives recognition for soil management

Mannheim, 10th April 2019 – John Deere Manure Sensing uses the HarvestLab 3000 sensor’s near-infrared (NIR) system to measure nutrient values during slurry application. This advanced technology has now been awarded with a special recognition by the European Land and Soil Management Award jury under the auspices of the European Commission (DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre) in association with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna.  


The Land and Soil “Special Recognition” prize has been awarded on April 9th, during the event of the Forum for Agriculture (FFA) by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) for a major Breakthrough in Soil Technology”. The jury highlights the outstanding land use and soil management practices reducing soil threats. The HarvestLab 3000 provides farmers and agricultural contractors a new technology for more sustainable management of the nutrient cycle and improving the efficiency of the use of manure fertiliser. Its purpose is to prevent over or under-fertilization by constantly measuring nutrient values during slurry application thanks to manure sensing. John Deere Manure Sensing allows farmers to apply Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium precisely based on a nutrient target and/or maximum rate in kg/ha. These ingredients and the total applied volume are documented with the system also able to utilise site-specific prescription maps.


The coveted prize recognizes the great value of farmers’, universities or private companies work by promoting the winning project as a good practice at the EU level. It also enhances the visibility of soil-protective ways of farming at local, national and European level, and encourages farmers to further develop their work, adopting a sustainable path. 


“On behalf of the European Commission, I’d like to congratulate John Deere for this remarkable technology and achievement”, said Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for Environment at the European Commission. “It is exactly the kind of technologies the European Union wants to promote and will inspire our policies for a more sustainable agriculture.”


The European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) is a federation of national associations from the EU28, representing the interests of the landowners at the European political level. It is committed to the conservation and protection of the environment, renewable energies and responsible use of natural resources.