Precision Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6111/more en Think Different: Best of 2014, Part 3 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/think-different-best-2014-part-3 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In this third installment of our best stories from 2014, farmers learned the best ways to seed cover crops and how high-moisture corn can offer a yield boost. There were also stories about tillage: spring vs. fall strip till, and using tillage to control herbicide resistant weeds. Of course there were data insights, from soil maps to farming smarter with big data. Nitrogen application tips were offered, as well as a strategy for lean years on the farm. All of these stories helped readers and farmers Think Different about their operations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/think-different-best-2014-part-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/think-different-best-2014-part-3#comments Corn Crop Chemicals Fertilizer Precision Ag Tillage corn harvest cover crops Strip Till Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:58:00 +0000 95021 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Who owns agriculture data and knowledge? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/who-owns-agriculture-data-and-knowledge <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Recently there have been headlines about agreements between the industry and farm groups on data ownership and privacy. That’s positive. But it’s really not surprising that a company would agree that you own your data and that it will be returned or removed from their servers. Or that you will be allowed to direct whom it gets shared with or sent to.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/who-owns-agriculture-data-and-knowledge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/who-owns-agriculture-data-and-knowledge#comments Precision Ag Data Decisions Precision Farming Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:57:00 +0000 95011 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Robot attempts nitrogen sidedress, cover crop seeding http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A big challenge – nitrogen management – could have a small solution. Rowbot Systems, a Minneapolis startup company, has developed an multi-platform robot that, among other things, can side-dress nitrogen in tall corn. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding#comments Corn Fertilizer Precision Ag Nitrogen Technology Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:41:00 +0000 94971 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>The autonomous Rowbot uses sophisticated sensors to navigate. It can apply in-season nitrogen and perform other field tasks, such as seeding cover crops into tall corn. The new technology is being developed by Rowbot Systems, a Minneapolis startup company.</p> Photo: Rowbot Systems Drainage tile blues http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farmers, from an agronomic perspective, are doing great keeping phosphorus loss as low as 1% to 2%. The challenge, according to University of Arkansas phosphorus expert Andrew Sharpley, “isn’t so much the magnitude of the losses, or even the tile system itself; it’s the extent to which tile drainage has been implemented by farmers.”</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/think-different">Think Different</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues#comments Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Drainage Think Different Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:53:00 +0000 94851 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Dec. 5, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-dec-5-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The five agriculture stories to read this week includes a new tool for farmers to use when making nitrogen application decisions, and it's used on the computer. There's also research showing soybean yield when double cropping vs. relay intercropping soybeans and wheat. Read about the possible impact crop insurance may have on ag land values, and how one farming family has success with marketing goals. Finally, enjoy a nice piece in The New York Times about agriculture and data.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-dec-5-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-dec-5-2014#comments Fertilizer Marketing Precision Ag Soybeans Nitrogen Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:41:00 +0000 94821 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Real agronomic complexity http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/real-agronomic-complexity <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I’m a believer that agronomic common sense and real world observations tell us that avoiding doubles and poor seed spacing is critical to higher yields. But they are only a few staves in a very complex agronomic rain barrel and the $ signs flashing on the monitor screen are only real if proper seed placement is your lowest stave. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/real-agronomic-complexity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/real-agronomic-complexity#comments Precision Ag Data Decisions Precision Farming Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:14:00 +0000 94651 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Merge art, science to farm for the big picture http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/merge-art-science-farm-big-picture <div class="field-deck"> Fresh thinking by one Iowa farmer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On his central Iowa corn, soybean and seed farm, Tim Couser tests agronomic practices with on-farm strip trials and new concepts. Beyond the weather, he leaves nothing to chance. “That’s what makes farming so much fun,” says Tim Couser, a Nevada, Iowa, farmer. “It’s half science and half art. Being a low cost producer takes a lot of work; the next yield breakthrough will definitely be harder to achieve.” </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/merge-art-science-farm-big-picture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/merge-art-science-farm-big-picture#comments Precision Ag Gold Crops Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:19:00 +0000 94621 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Tim Couser&rsquo;s combine cab is filled with monitors, from his iPad on the upper left to his 20-20 Seed Sense yield sense; his GS3 Guidance monitor; a Hillco Single Pass Round Baler (SPRB) control monitor; a combine-functions monitor; and in the lower right, a back-end visual view of the lower right hitch of the combine. Couser and father Bill feed their field data into the iPad, using Google Drive to share any new information instantly. The Hillco SPRB monitors status of the corncob/residue bales formed on-the-go behind the combine. The lower-right hitch monitor allows a rear view that helps monitor the baler hopper and line up the baler hitch to the combine.</p> Photo: Lynn Betts Cover crops release more nutrients than they accumulate http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-release-more-nutrients-they-accumulate <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University agronomist, planted specific cover crops in a band, then after their demise he pulled soil samples in the cover crop row and compared them to samples taken 15 inches off the row. There were substantial differences in soil-test levels of P and K—“comparable to a nutrient-banding effect from a commercial fertilizer (banding) applicator,” Gruver says.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-release-more-nutrients-they-accumulate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-release-more-nutrients-they-accumulate#comments Conservation Precision Ag cover crops Bottom Line Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:03:00 +0000 94501 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Data may reduce rent http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/data-may-reduce-rent <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Can you use your data to rank each field by profitability? Obviously it’s not as easy as the highest to lowest yielding, as cost of input and operations, as well as land costs, are major pieces to be considered. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/data-may-reduce-rent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/data-may-reduce-rent#comments Precision Ag Data Decisions Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:33:00 +0000 94381 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Oct. 31, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-31-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Five agriculture stories to read this week offer considerations for potassium application, as well as yield losses due to harvest delays. Read prospects for cash rent and owned farmland returns, and get insight into using data, not averages, to help your farm operation. For a fun read, check out an old, but great, article about genetically modified farmers from The Onion.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-31-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-31-2014#comments Corn Fertilizer Issues Precision Ag Potassium Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:59:00 +0000 94221 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com