Every year the weather is one of the most challenging aspects of business that every farmer has to deal with. The 2019 growing season reminded us of this and how little control we have. Managing a farm is a balance of making a plan, executing a plan, and calling audibles for the elements that are beyond our control. To learn from the challenges that we faced, we need to ask ourselves how can we turn those challenges into actionable opportunities? What can we learn from our data to maximize the factors that are within our control and to make those audible calls easier to make? More
I am always pushing myself to do better whether I am learning something new, writing a new herbicide program, or giving a fertilizer recommendation. For me, being average is not an option. With this mindset, I often wonder why so many growers rely on the average yield to fertilize for the next year’s crop. Isn’t there a desire to improve from the previous season? Is average good enough? More
Now is the time for decision agriculture: to move to the next frontier of improving management decisions with spatially collected farm data. Although spatial data is already being collected with the latest GPS equipment, many growers are struggling to know what to do with their data. By layering and analyzing this data, decision agriculture gives farmers the opportunity to manage inputs by every foot and optimize each field’s performance, extending well beyond the obvious regions of drainage tile needs or the basic data used to evaluate seed varieties. Decision ag analytics gives growers the confidence to make the most effective plans based on their own data. With today’s thin margins in the ag economy, the need for employing and embracing a decision agriculture mindset is evident. More
With the current state of agricultural markets, helping our customers manage risk in a high-risk environment is more important now than ever. Thankfully, through advancements in technology, we have tools to do just that. ProVantage is our in-depth data analysis program that helps maximize efficiency by managing fields at the sub-field level. More
By: Katie McWhirter, Precision Ag Specialist
I’ve heard plenty of comments in the last week. “The Pro Farmer tour is saying ‘this.’” “This corn LOOKS good, but across the fence, it doesn’t.” “I think that it paid to do XYZ.” “I think we’re going to see some big variances.” It’s time to ready our combines and ourselves for fall harvest. Yes, it’s that time of year where there is nothing more that we can do for the 2017 crop. The flood of remarks on yield projections and observations reminds me that it is also time to start reflecting and planning.
Here is my challenge for you as you’re in the combine watching the data come across the monitor in real-time: More