The University of Illinois Extension has released a new smartphone app called Sprayer Calibration Calculator. The app will assist applicators with calculations used when setting up and calibrating a sprayer.
Jim Love, farm business advisor, Beck’s Hybrids, talks about using UAVs on the farm. “Once you’ve purchased the plane or the helicopter the money is spent, so now the trick is, how many times can I use it. Even if it’s a small problem, if I can sort it out, it’s going to be better for the grower,” he says....More
As companies line up to offer you solutions based on their proprietary algorithms that you adopt the same position as President Reagan did in negotiating arms treaties with the Former Soviet Union – “trust, but verify”. If a company tells you that their proprietary algorithm says you need 50 lbs. of additional N, use your technology to verify....More
When ranking which precision technologies are the most profitable to adopt on their corn and soybean operation, Vogel Farms, Rockport, Ind., finds that RTK guidance pays off in multiple ways. Certainly it makes the Vogels more efficient, but simplifying on-farm trials is the ultimate payoff. And that’s real money....More
From what I am hearing most end-users are about 65-75% covered through July but have next to nothing done for August. Obviously everybody is hoping imports will help resolve the situation, but no one is clearly certain about how this game will end.
Soybean traders are digesting the fact the US planting pace is now AHEAD of our traditional average. The USDA released data yesterday showing that 59% of the crop is now planted vs. 41% last year and 56% on average. In addition 25% of the crop is now "emerged" vs....More
Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A written contract for the custom farming agreement should definitely be prepared that specifies the amount of payment by the landowner to the custom operator, and all other pertinent details....More
This roundup of 5 agriculture stories you should read offers steps to decide if soybeans should be replanted, as well as some info on soybean injury from soil-applied herbicides, and corn-soybean price ratios. Also, see how one farmer makes aerial scouting affordable, and check out some jazz-loving cows....More
Bears continue to feel the pain and side-effects of Injuries sustained by the sudden and unexpected jerking of the markets higher. I continue to monitor both the NOV14 and NOV15 soybean contracts in hopes of making another round of sales and further reducing downside risk and exposure....More
Would you believe that the corn ears from plants emerging on Day 1 would be 13% fatter than the corn ears from Day-2-emerged corn? That’s exactly what played out at Watson Farms, Villa Grove, Ill., last year on a test of a 40-ft. section of one row. You could say the Watsons’ corn stood the test of time....More
“But how do I know if what I am seeing in my data analysis is real?” That’s a question that is not only appropriate but also healthy. For the last 15 years, as I’ve presented agronomic decision data analytics to growers and their advisors, I’ve cautioned that “correlation doesn’t always equal cause and effect,” says Dan Frieberg....More
Do you know the optimal seeding rate for a return on your dollar, as well as break-even costs for input use? Our Extreme Beans mobile app gives you the numbers you need to know with easy-to-use calculators! Download the mobile app before you hit the field this spring....More
Let’s assume you are motivated to get started using your agronomic data to make decisions. What do you do next? Spring planting is hopefully only days or weeks away; what is possible? A great place to start using data to make decisions for the future is to gather all GPS data in an electronic form....More
On Tuesday, the Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA) launched its organization to develop protocols and create security and privacy working groups that collaborate with other stakeholders to ensure farmer peace of mind regarding the protection and use of their data across a broad range of business policies and practices....More
FarmLogs co-founder and CEO Jesse Vollmar talks about the FarmLogs app and web offerings, as well as a new app update. The new update offers a popular web feature, allowing farmers to access field-specific rainfall and crop history data right from their phones....More
Are you attending Commodity Classic in San Antonio this week? If so, be sure to download the new mobile app to help keep track of your schedule, booths you want to visit, tours you're going to take and more. There are maps and shuttle schedules, as well as links to Commodity Classic social media....More
Reality is we all share “our” data with other companies, either intentionally in exchange for a benefit or inadvertently because we wanted a cool “app,” and sometimes the tradeoffs are worth it. For me, the difference between consumer data sharing and sharing your geo-referenced agronomic data is profound....More
Sophisticated irrigation management tools are helping growers make the best use of their water resources. Nebraska farmer Greg Greving started using an interactive computer model to schedule irrigation, he now holds off watering soybeans in the early vegetative stage, saving water for grain fill....More
It is easy in all data analysis to have “apples to oranges” comparisons and take data at surface value, but the key to good analysis is to keep digging deeper and deeper to get fair comparisons. Thus creating the most educated and profitable agronomic decisions....More
Precision ag expert Dan Frick analyzes four data layers to understand how costs per bushel vary within a field. Here, he looks at potassium soil test, yield and cost per bushel to determine where the field getting the most per acre.
Integrating financial data and geo-referenced field data is the most sophisticated level of precision ag management, says Dan Frieberg, president of Premier Crop Systems. Precision software captures direct input costs for every 60x60-foot square of the field. The software also allocates indirect expenses by bushel, including insurance, equipment and land costs....More
Precision ag expert Kevin Kruize uses three steps to create management zones in a corn-soybean rotation field. Those steps include pulling data from different precision sources, analyzing data layers and compare productivity and defining preliminary management zones.
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