Precision Planting wins Davidson Prize

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AGCO brand “Precision Planting” won the Davidson Prize for its Radicle Agronomics solution for innovation and impact in agricultural systems. Radicle Agronomics provides professional growers with a fully automated soil laboratory and tools to make soil nutrient management more precise, effective, and efficient.

“AGCO and Precision Planting are very honored to receive the Davidson Prize. It reflects the farmer-first focus our engineers and agronomists bring to work every day,” said Dale Koch, Precision Planting’s senior manager for product engineering, who accepted the award on behalf of Precision Planting’s team.

Radicle Agronomics is a new generation of tools that allows professionals to accurately test hundreds of unattended samples and replace manual, error-prone processes with the small footprint, simplified workflows, and self-calibration technology of its integrated Radicle Lab automated soil laboratory. The GeoPress collection module mounts on any field-ready vehicle and eliminates record-keeping and bag handling by automatically blending and storing soil samples in geo-referenced, reusable containers. GeoPress and Radicle Lab leverage the seamless flow of cloud-based software to align all steps of the field-to-lab process, permitting agronomists to deliver superior nutrient management guidance to their clients.

The Davidson Prize, awarded by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), is awarded to the three top-scoring AE50 award winners, which are recognized for remarkable innovation and significant engineering advancement in agriculture. AGCO’s family of brands won ten AE50s in 2023, the most in the company’s history. Radicle Agronomics’ Davidson Prize is AGCO’s third in a row, with the Fendt Rogator (2022) and IDEAL AutoDock header docking system (2021) winning it in previous years.

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