Precision Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6111/more en 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 Check your tillage costs http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/check-your-tillage-costs <div class="field-deck"> Every decision carries a specific dollar cost on this Ohio farm. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>How often have you wondered whether a new practice or piece of equipment will pay? Kenton, Ohio, farmer Brian Watkins built a computer farming simulation model to calculate the cost of such options. “It tells me how much time a piece of equipment will take to operate and repair, how much fuel will cost and how it will affect other things we do,” he says.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/check-your-tillage-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/check-your-tillage-costs#comments Precision Ag Tillage Gold Management Tillage Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:27:00 +0000 94051 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Brian Watkins, a sixth-generation corn, soybean and hog operator in Ohio, knows the costs of farm decisions down to the penny with a financial model he devised.</p> 5 Agriculture stories to read, Oct. 10, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-10-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The "5 Ag stories to read" this week offers tips to manage late-maturing corn, from harvesting to drying to storing. There's also insight into the impact of nitrogen prices on planting decisions. Read about a milestone for biotech crops: harvesting 4 billion acres! Get tips for managing data on your farm to help you work smarter, and check out a new use for soy.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-10-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-10-2014#comments Corn Fertilizer Precision Ag Soybeans corn harvest GMO Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:32:00 +0000 93881 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Don’t farm averages http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/don-t-farm-averages <div class="node-body article-body"><p>None of us can control or even predict all the curves that Mother Nature can throw our way. But using data from your fields opens the door for you to manage the crop production variables that are manageable. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/don-t-farm-averages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/don-t-farm-averages#comments Fertilizer Precision Ag Data Decisions Precision Farming Thu, 09 Oct 2014 20:43:00 +0000 93841 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Ag data and clouds http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/ag-data-and-clouds <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Using a cloud to manage data can be confusing, but organizations like the Open Ag Data Alliance are trying to help simplify big ag data so farmers can use it more efficiently. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/ag-data-and-clouds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/ag-data-and-clouds#comments Precision Ag Precision Farming Electronics and digital equipment Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:48:00 +0000 93771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm smarter with big data http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/farm-smarter-big-data <div class="field-deck"> Leverage the most value out of big data. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>What is your data worth? Indiana farmer and software engineer Aaron Ault notes that data exchanged in commercial agriculture can be compared to Google or Amazon—and as data sharing increases, the cost of services will decrease. "If they couldn't use our data, those services would be way out of line,” he says.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/farm-smarter-big-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/farm-smarter-big-data#comments Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Data Gold Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:21:00 +0000 93761 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Aaron Ault brings his everyday farming experience to his role as Purdue lead with the Open Ag Data Alliance. His goal is better decision making through greater access to data while ensuring farmer ownership and control.</p>