November 22, 2019

Study Launched to Evaluate Crop Nutrition Improvements Through Autonomous Application

Yara North America has partnered with DOT Technology Corp. and New Leader Manufacturing to launch a collaborative field-scale study that explores synergies between fertilizer products, application timing and autonomous crop nutrition application.

To kick off the study, on Friday the recently unveiled New Leader G5 spreader with the Dot Power Platform was used to apply YaraVera® AMIDAS™ (Urea + Sulfur all in one granule) on 320 acres of durum and canola in Regina, SK. The multi-pass application study aims to evaluate improvements that the new autonomous technology, paired with high-quality fertilizer, can bring to today’s common crop nutrition practices.

We are continuously working towards maximizing the efficiencies of our crop nutrition solutions through high-quality nutrients and precise recommendations based on the 4Rs. With new innovations, such as autonomous application, we know there is significant opportunity to advance these efficiencies by overcoming logistical hurdles growers face today.” said Markus Braaten, Yara Crop Manager.

In the study, the standard grower practice of nitrogen product sourcing and application timing will be compared with a program that combines the latest in autonomous technology, agronomic insights and high-quality fertilizer over the course of the crop season. Beyond proving the increase in application efficiencies and crop nutrition productivity, the study aims to also demonstrate an increased nitrogen use efficiency. Our goal is straight forward, we want to squeeze as many bushels of production out of each pound of nitrogen we apply using products and practices that consider and seek optimize operational logistics on farm.

“This collaborative study with Yara and New Leader will allow DOT to demonstrate its value beyond the capabilities of the machine. It will open up a dialogue about the amplified value of autonomous farming practices when paired with precision application equipment and quality crop nutrition. We look forward to seeing the results as we all work towards creating a path to autonomous farming.” Said Cory Beaujot, Business Development Manager, DOT Technology Corp.

The Dot Power Platform is a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture, mining and construction. Its U-shaped frame facilitates the direct loading of implements, so that, once loaded, the implement “becomes one” with the mobile-powered platform.

The NL5000 G5 utilizes New Leader’s G5 spinner technology which includes 16 section swath width control, ½ width spreading, last pass control, boundary spreading, and two product variable rate precision application technology.

The high-quality formulation of YaraVera® AMIDAS™ ensures superior spreading and handling, making it ideal for the autonomous application study. Due to increased particle hardness compared to blends, YaraVera® AMIDAS™ offers wider and more consistent spreading capabilities, and less dust for maximized product efficiency.

Media Contact: Allison Stahl, Yara North America
Tel.: 813-222-3832

About Yara

Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet, to fulfill our vision of a collaborative society, a world without hunger and a planet respected. To meet these commitments, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the whole food value chain to develop more climate-friendly crop nutrition solutions. In addition, we are committed to working towards sustainable mineral fertilizer production. We foster an open culture of diversity and inclusion that promotes the safety and integrity of our employees, contractors, business partners, and society at large. Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with about 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries. In 2018, Yara reported revenues of USD 12.9 billion.


DOT Technology Corp. is located in Saskatchewan, Canada, and was established in 2017. It is an agricultural technology company that manufacturers Dot, a patented autonomous diesel-powered platform. For more information, visit