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
Are you going to Commodity Classic this year? Have you downloaded the mobile app to your phone yet? Make sure you do so you can use some of the great features, including maps, the whole schedule, a to-do list and tweeting....More
For many, analyzing variable rate planting with strip trials has resulted in conclusions that aren’t positive for the practice. Our results and experiences have been the opposite. Using higher and lower Learning Blocks™ within management zones and analyzing yield results have led to even faster adoption....More
The National Farm Machinery Show turned 50 years old this year, and it continues to attract more than 300,000 farmers from across the nation and beyond. I spent some time at the show during the first two days, dodging and weaving in the crowded aisles over 27 acres of exhibits. Here is my first installment of items I found interesting.
In what parts of your operation, are you looking for actionable data to help make a tough decision? Keep digging into your data. More than likely, the “first layer” is only a step in the right direction. Although it may take more time, digging into a second and third data layer may provide discoveries that are well worth the effort....More
Quality data analysis relies on quality data. And quality data requires hard work and attention to detail. Even though we can use technology to make the timing gap smaller, we all must still “mind the data quality gap.”...More
We've posted a lot of great stories and photos on the web this year! These are our most-viewed pieces and cover a variety of topics from helpful aerial images to GMOs, making a profit with lower corn and soybean prices to no-till yield secrets, and more! Check out our best from the web for 2014, and stick around for more great stories and photos in 2015.
The five agriculture stories to read this week offer options for residual herbicides in soybeans, as well as tips for updating your crop yields with the Farm Service Agency under the new farm bill. Read a fertilizer outlook from Rabobank, and hear from Xpert Dan Frieberg about ag data ownership and knowledge. Finally, a happy holidays greeting from the CSD staff.
In our final list of our best stories of 2014, farmers took on fresh thinking, applying art and science to farm for the bigger picture. They saw a residue breakdown timeline and learned about new soil tests, as well as soil health. There were tips for top soybean yields and ideas about no-till saving nitrogen. One farmer shared his stance on GMOs, and other farmers collaborated for water quality.