Dan Frieberg

Dan
Frieberg
Premier Crop Systems
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Dan Frieberg is CEO of Premier Crop Systems, LLC a crop data-analysis company based in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on Premier Crop Systems or data-driven decisions, visit www.premiercrop.com. Premier Crop Systems will push you to dig more deeply into your field data and find just how much power lies in the information layers that hide within your acres.

Articles
Data decisions: Are high yields more profitable?
Yields are higher but it's at a cost. A cost for larger equipment and inputs, so producers have to consider whether the yields generate profit.
The Precision Ag “Easy” Button
Find out what ADAPT is and how it is working to help farmers understand what to do with the data they collect in their operation.
Data decisions: Is Mother Nature all that matters in your corn and soybean fields? 2
Don't leave your yields up to the weather, instead use the data from your crop fields.
Data builds confidence

I believe many of the decisions we currently make in crop production are based on our observations from previous experiences. The more observations we have, the more confidence we have in making decisions.

Precision ag will become the fruit fly of agriculture

Precision ag’s history has been about applying existing knowledge variably within diverse landscapes. The future will be about using spatial data to create new complex agronomic knowledge that can be used in the most site-specific applications possible.

Data should guide cuts to on-farm expenses

I believe that your data is the only place to look to make cost-cutting decisions. These examples about which farms to farm, necessary traits and fertilizer application use data to help farmers make choices on which expense to cut on the farm.

Crop management matters

Realistically, there are a lot of great corn hybrids and soybean varieties available for most crops. From my perspective, the equation looks like this: Yield = Genetics x Environment x Management. Management matters far more than most people realize!

Use data to guide fertilizer application

Use your yield data and fertility data to guide your applications. Don’t be afraid to feed your A zones plenty!

Back to the basics: Making variable rate pay

There are many reasons to variable rate apply lime, but you can’t consider them without an accurate geo-referenced soil sample. It’s a great way to get started and the savings in lime cost by only treating the low pH acres will more than pay for the cost of the soil sample!

Discover agronomic synergies 1

Within our company, we talk a lot about agronomic synergies. We see it in data analysis and we believe that discovering and capitalizing on agronomic synergies is an exciting part of our future in using data to make better decisions.

Straight lines on yield maps are man-made 1

Straight lines are one of the first “gotchas” when studying a yield map. The cause for yield differences that follow straight lines are always man-made! Seeing a straight line on a yield map instantly leads to digging deeper.

Learning blocks show variable rate application payback

Since 2005, we’ve been checking our work with our trademark Learning Blocks and we have proved, and continue to prove every year, that variable rate applications frequently pay. It’s not 100% but given the complexity of our modern crop production the results from millions of acres are amazing.

Data can show cost per bushel

Imagine the power of knowing your long-term average cost per bushel by dominant soil types. Maybe you’ve mastered being profitable on lighter soil types and that is one of your strategic advantages.

Dig deeper into data to analyze sidedress nitrogen applications

What do you do when data analysis doesn’t support your own theory? For me, the first answer is to keep digging in the data. I’m still a believer in split applying nitrogen – including sidedressing a portion, but living though those dry summers would lead me to get the work done early.

Variable-rate seeding success

For many, analyzing variable rate planting with strip trials has resulted in conclusions that aren’t positive for the practice. Our results and experiences have been the opposite. Using higher and lower Learning Blocks™ within management zones and analyzing yield results have led to even faster adoption.

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