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Precision agriculture improves yields, profits and sustainability.

How tackling fertilizer waste on farms led to a new pollution solution.

A new generation of tech-savvy, data-hungry young farmers have reinvented large-scale agriculture. By analyzing data gathered from sensors, cameras and satellites, today’s farmers are able to track crop health, make planting decisions and guide fertilizer use to improve the efficiency of their businesses like never before.

This approach – known as precision agriculture – has been especially helpful in tackling fertilizer waste, a particular concern for farmers, as nitrogen fertilizer is one of their biggest expenses. It’s also a major contributor to water pollution and climate change.

https://www.edf.org/approach/fourth-wave/precision-agriculture

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