As farmers worked hard in 2015 to produce crops, we worked hard to bring you the best stories and information to help you farm smarter, and be more profitable. From new farm equipment to mobile apps to use on the farm, soil fertility tips to land values and other tips to make harvest better, we've offered a plethora of information in our galleries this year. Here are the top galleries for 2015.
Our most-read stories from November 2015 included corn hybrid performance data, cloud-based farm software, a look back in time, weed management strategies, cover crop benefits and more. Take a look here and read the best stories you may have missed.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read some research about managing glyphosate resistance with pre and post herbicide applications and about terminating cereal rye cover crops right before soybean planting. See how big data can add value to agriculture and learn how no-till can save on nitrogen costs. Finally, enjoy a farm-themed Christmas light display.
In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, read about the pros and cons to different tillage methods and get some insight into data management. Learn about the possibilities to use corn stover as a cellulosic ethanol source and find out how to access hybrid yield results from farmers across the country. Finally, check out a new Facebook page and Go Fund Me campaign, Farm Toys for Tots.
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!...More
“The cloud-based software we are now using is a huge time-saver,” says Jeana Harms, who began using Granular, a new farm management service, in 2015. “It automatically downloads data from our planter and sprayer monitors and hopefully soon, it will integrate and download from combine monitors, too. It saves a lot of phone calls and back and forth keeping track of what we are doing.”...More
This fall, as Steve Pitstick scans his combine’s windshield and yield monitor assessing performance of his Illinois farm, he also keeps an eye on his tablet computer as it displays harvest data from thousands of farms and millions of acres across the Corn Belt....More
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....More
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....More
I just returned from the Farm Progress Show with even more confirmation that farmer adoption of data services will be a huge game-changer. Several innovative/early adopter farmers I spoke with (who are playing with nitrogen management services from DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto/Climate Corp. and others) have found great knowledge from the data, while being realistic about current data accuracy....More
Using the TrueHarvest yield benchmarking service offered through his co-op, MKC, Blew knows that the combination of variable-rate technologies he used on an irrigated field paid off handsomely in 2014. Following harvest in 2015, he will use the service across the entire operation to assess how management practices on those fields stack up....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, watch a webinar covering the benefits, and the possibilities, of cover crops and get information about treating post-pollination corn aphids. See the latest USDA report about computer and internet usage on the farm and learn how to track payback on variable rate application. Finally, learn about a WWE wrestler who also farms.
A well-calibrated yield monitor can assess yields to within +/- 3%, says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist at Iowa State University. A poorly calibrated monitor can have a margin of error of +/- 10%, particularly in fields where yields vary significantly....More
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....More
FarmLogs is known for their multi-functional mobile app. The company continues to bring new digital products to market, in hopes of making processes simpler and more efficient. And they've accomplished that with their new product: FarmLogs Flow, which creates yield maps....More
Joe Michaels, senior director, specialty business for Case IH, talks about the AFS Connect data system and how it can help farmers monitor field operations, as well as mine data for future uses and best practices. From messaging via monitor to monitoring fleets and equipment operation, the AFS Connect system helps you measure field activity so you can improve overall operations....More
The two-part program includes planning tools to develop field-by-field nitrogen management strategies that reduce the chance of over-fertilization. The tool also can be used to assess current soil nitrogen levels and risk status throughout the growing season....More
Gary Wagner is a 34-year farm-data veteran who’s taken data analysis to the next level to improve his profits. He uses two to four key data layers to identify soil productivity zones and yield patterns. Scrupulous attention to data accuracy ensures meaningful data and conclusions....More
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....More
The management zone creation tool, a step-by-step process, allows users to create zones from data including yield, soil type and crop health imagery. The zones can be modified, the rates chosen and test blocks can be added to further test plant populations or applications. All of this is done by the farmer, with a simple online tool at FARMServer.com. Then farmers just upload that prescription to their monitor in their equipment....More
“You don’t have to adopt new technologies, but you have to compete against those who do,” says Moe Russell, farm management consultant. This sums up the huge advantage that Big Data provides to farmers. One expert compares Big Data profits to the launch of hybrid corn – where new technology separated winners from also-rans....More
After two years of testing data-driven, variable-rate crop management programs on their farms, Rick Niese and Jeff Heepke are planning to continue their efforts in 2015 in hopes of further ramping up productivity....More
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....More
Farmlogs has some new features for growers, and they're calling it Farmlogs Advantage. CEO and co-founder Jesse Vollmar talked to us about the new features the Advantage product offers, including in-season crop health monitoring, activity recording and access to years of data maps. Farmlogs Advantage offers growers a chance to use their precision ag to a higher level, says Vollmar....More