Agricultural waste is waste produced as a result of various agricultural operations. It includes manure and other wastes from farms, poultry houses and slaughterhouses; harvest waste; fertilizer run- off from fields; pesticides that enter into water, air or soils; and salt and silt drained from fields.
In addition to being potentially damaging to the environment, agricultural waste may expose workers to harmful biological material (biohazards).
Storing agricultural waste can multiply the hazards associated with it since stored waste can release harmful gases.
A new space-based technology, offered by Swedish company Vultus, is designed to reduce over-fertilization in the field, saving farmers time and money and reducing agricultural waste.
By fostering a more efficient farming method, the tool is estimated by Vultus to save around 2.3m tons of CO2 over the 5.5m hectares of land used for agriculture worldwide.
Over-fertilization of nitrogen can cause slowed fruiting, damage to waterways and growth of algae, affecting various fish species.
The technology will use satellite imagery of fields to identify variations in conditions, then, based on these variations it will provide farmers with a timely analysis and nitrogen recommendations.
The data and new recommendations for nitrogen applications are based on a nitrogen index that has been developed by Vultus through rigorous research, trials and historical data analysis.
Through this tool, the company is hoping to reduce global nitrogen usage by up to 40 per cent.