Jeff Heepke knew he was part of the next wave of precision agriculture when his cellphone rang as he planted corn with his new 16-row planter last spring. “Do you know that row 15 is plugged?” asked the caller....More
The first step in turning geo-referenced field data into useful knowledge is comparing productivity across years and crops, says Kevin Kruize, precision ag manager at Central Valley Cooperative....More
Climate Pro opens up a host of valuable in-season advisor tools to improve management decisions during planting, nitrogen application, variable rate strategies using in-season satellite imagery, scouting, spraying, and harvesting....More
In prepping for a session I am (was) speaking at during the annual ASTA CSS Seed Expo on Dec. 12, I did a large search for apps to use in farming. From news to management to field operations to soil and fertilizer, I found more than 50 apps that farmers could use to help their operations.
But why keep them to myself, or only share them with conference attendees? Here is a list of what I found. Some may be repeats from what I’ve covered before, but there are definitely a lot of new ones in this list. Enjoy!...More
John Jackle, who farms 1,800 corn and soybean acres near Jasper, Ind., talks about Climate|Pro from The Climate Corporation. He uses it to gauge weather, and also takes advantage of the advisors available, including the harvest advisor....More
How do you create real value from your GIS field data?
“By converting data to knowledge” that can improve production decisions, says Dan Frieberg, president of Premier Crop Systems, West Des Moines, Iowa, a precision agriculture software company.
That means “going beyond what you can see on a map,” and moving to sophisticated data analysis at the field level and across thousands of acres of pooled data, he says....More
Every grower should have average yield data for each field. By looking at the yields per year for each field, you can easily pick out which fields fare better under specific conditions. And then you can ask and answer more questions and analyze your own corn yield data to help make decisions on your farm....More
Growing crops is always a gamble. That’s why Jeremy Hopper runs the numbers. Hopper manages several thousand acres of row cropland near Tiptonville, Tenn. Precision data guides his agronomic decisions and helps him hone his operation....More
Jeremy Hopper, Tiptonville, Tenn., uses precision data to make many agronomic and management decisions. Using field maps and data, he can see yield distribution and evaluate hybrid performance, as well as influence irrigation and row spacing choices.
I've written about the Mix Tank app before, and now they've released an update. If you haven't already downloaded the app, do it now. It's an easy-to-use tool for spray management and chemical applications....More
Bob Recker, Cedar Valley Innovation, takes aerial images of fields and looks down to the plant level to determine the cause of field patterns and variances. This is his 9th year of foucs at the plant level. "It's been an evolving process," Recker says....More
I keep bringing new and useful apps to you through this blog, what I'd really like is to hear from you. So, tell me, what apps do you use on your phone while you're in the field, in the barn, at your desk? There have got to be more out there I haven't covered....More
Some people remember phone numbers or calendar dates; I remember farm fields. Before the 2005 crop year, the program leaders for Central Advantage from Central Valley Cooperative in southern Minnesota asked me to help generate variable-rate planting prescriptions. The primary question was, “Agronomically, what makes sense?” Field by field, I looked at the data collected for historic yields, soils, fertility levels, CECs, etc., and generated VR prescriptions for each field....More
Premier Crop staff likes to joke that when I began my career in crop production, it was in the days of “putting a fish under each corn plant” for nutrient applications. Although funny, that was not quite the case. However, in those days we would routinely pull 20 soil-sample cores, mix them in a bucket, pour 1 pound into a sample bag, send it off to the lab, get the results back and then pretend that what was on that sheet of paper accurately represented the nutrient levels for that entire field. While that may have been the best we could do then, we can do much better now, but many are treating entire fields the same....More
With corn and soybean harvest around the corner, it's time to start prepping equipment. One place to start is having the tires on farm equipment inflated to a proper psi. Lucky for you, there's a new mobile website that can help with that....More
The 2013 National Agvocacy 2.0 Conference is happening right now in North Carolina. Over 100 farmers have gathered to learn more about social media and other digital strategies to promote agvocacy, and all things agriculture....More
Recent surveys have found that more than 80% of ag retailers see their farm customers doing more precision agriculture in the next five years. “As commodity prices drop to more sustainable levels, growers will focus on maximizing their return per dollar invested. Precision ag provides the best opportunity to do that,” says Ron Farrell, whose company, Farrell Growth Group, LLC, provides consulting to ag companies and facilitates peer groups of top-level ag retailers....More
I love the weather. Particularly when it's nice, but I'll take any weather. I especially like knowing what's coming my way. My phone has a weather app, and I also downloaded the weather app from The Weather Channel (link for iPhone). I use both daily. That's why I'm excited about a new feature in the FarmLogs app that gives you weather alerts....More
Advanced planting technologies can reduce labor, seed and other input costs, and increase profits, says Brent Myers, a University of Missouri Extension cereal crops specialist. These technologies include automatic section control (ASC), as-planted maps, variable-rate seeding, precision seed metering, auto steering, yield monitoring and on-farm research, Myers said, during the recent Crop Injury Diagnostic Clinic sponsored by MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources....More
While collecting agronomic data is getting easier, using it to make decisions can be a challenge. Visually correlating the relationship between two maps, for example, yield vs. soils, is possible but becomes mind-numbing as you collect more data layers, such as planting data, soil-test values, applied fertility, etc., on dozens of fields....More
Mounds of data and layers of field maps are common elements of precision farming systems. A new web-based tool simplifies variable-rate technologies, combining historical field satellite imagery with test plot data to field-tailor seed selection and prescriptions for planting and fertilizer application....More