AMVAC has announced its SIMPAS (Smart Integrated Multi-Product Prescription Application System) technology has completed the first phase of testing with Corteva Agriscience.
Corteva conducted research trials using the pre-commercial SIMPAS equipment in 2020. The expected commercialization path for SIMPAS includes Trimble dealers to have the system available for the corn planting season in 2021.
For the past four years, a team has been working to develop a system that can simultaneously variable rate products at prescribed rates for in-furrow application. Not only does this method reduce inputs where they aren’t needed, it also is designed to provide full trackability and traceability of where the inputs were applied and accurately bill the farmer for exactly what was used.
Eric Wintemute, AMVAC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Corteva Agriscience is one of the premier agriculture solution providers in the world, so it is gratifying that our proprietary SIMPAS platform has been recognized as a tool that can bolster Corteva’s R&D program. The potential to make Corteva-brand SIMPAS-applied Solutions available to farmers is exciting, and it is consistent with our objective for SIMPAS users to have access to SIMPAS-applied Solutions from suppliers other than AMVAC. The opportunity to combine SIMPAS application technology with Corteva’s R&D capabilities will lead to sustainable new solutions that will make it easy for farmers to apply only what is prescribed, precisely where it is needed. That is good for both the bottom line of participating farmers and the environment. We are pleased to work with Corteva toward that end.”
Alex Cochran, Corteva Agriscience’s Global Seed Applied Tech, Insect-Nematicide Management and Biologicals Leader, said: “Our team is excited about the utility of the SIMPAS system, not only for our R&D field trial work within the Integrated Field Sciences team, but also as a potential delivery tool for Corteva solutions that boosts sustainability while adding value to the farmer’s bottom line. We are excited about this partnership and the potential to enable farmers to prescriptively apply crop protection and yield enhancing inputs in a targeted manner to address only those areas of a field where the treatment is needed. This sustainable approach to delivering multiple inputs aligns with Corteva’s commitment to improving environmental stewardship while helping farmers maximize yield potential, minimize input costs and optimize return on investment.”