Farm Analytics Show Valuable Insights

Posted by Katie McWhirter on 9/16/21 9:00 AM

I was meeting with a grower who asked the question, ‘Is the direction of Premier Crop going from a prescription company to an analytics company?’ My answer was: ‘Premier Crop has always been about analytics. We are not only a company known for analytics, but what to do with the information that is received within the data, in those analytics.

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Topics: Precision ag, yield analysis, variable rate, data driven decisions, nutrient removals

Variable Rate Seeding Pays: Stretch More Bushels out of Every Acre

Posted by Matt Bowers on 9/2/21 9:15 AM

Variable rate seed prescriptions have been a topic of conversation since planter capabilities have increased and seed companies look to increase the value of their recommendations. Yet the farmgate, conversations have had a range of reactions to its success. 

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Topics: Precision ag, hybrid selection, variable rate, seed selection

Use Agronomic and Economic Data to Make Management Decisions

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 8/26/21 9:00 AM

At this time of the year, it’s easy to feel like yields are largely a function of weather - temperature and rainfall. Over the years in hundreds of grower meetings, I’ve heard that sentiment repeatedly. If you are inclined to think that way, think about this scenario. 

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Topics: Farm technology, Precision ag, soil health, group data, data driven decisions, Farm Plan

5 Surprising Things About Ag Technology

Posted by Molly Haub on 8/19/21 9:30 AM

Do you remember the 90s? I was an elementary student, probably about 7 when my parents bought our first computer. I remember listening to the dial up tone to get on the internet and play the math video games that my mom had found. I also remember the incessant pop ups that also came with 90s internet. Sometimes, that’s how I feel about precision ag these days. There are a lot of pop ups that are flashy and use all the right buzz words wanting you to ‘pick me, pick me, pick me.’ However, there are several things about precision ag that these companies often leave out of their messaging that can be surprising. 5 of those things that can often surprise people are:

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Topics: Precision ag, Ag technology, variable rate, data driven decisions

Why You Need Farm Analytics Software

Posted by Kevin Kruize on 8/5/21 9:00 AM

We can all probably think of a product, service, or brand we feel biased towards. Then think about how you make decisions on your farming operation. Do you have any bias on how different fields respond to a certain seed, fertilizer, or crop protection product? Allowing your bias to persuade field decisions can be very costly and frustrating. Your knowledge of your own farm is invaluable. Using farm analytics can enhance your decision making by removing or challenging the bias with objective analysis.  

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Topics: data analytics, Precision ag, data driven decisions, farm analytics, Farm Plan

Making Fungicide Decisions with InSiteCDM

Posted by Katie Decker on 7/30/21 10:30 AM

It’s the time of year where growers are thinking about whether or not to spray fungicide. We sat down with Clint Sires and Pat Mai, our Partners from InSiteCDM, to discuss how they walk through the conversation with growers around applying fungicide. 

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Topics: data analytics, group data, data driven decisions, farm data, fungicide

Response to Fungicide: It Varies

Posted by Brenton Rossman on 7/22/21 8:15 AM

You don’t have to look very hard to find chemical manufacturers’ advertisements claiming a significant positive yield response (15, 20, 25+ bu./ac) to using one of their fungicide products. There are many effective products on the market that provide good control and protection against fungal pathogens, but advertisement claims based on ‘average trial data’ aren’t guarantees for your fields. Three critical components (a host, favorable environment, and pathogen) must come together at the same time for a plant disease to thrive. These three components are commonly referred to as the Plant Disease Triangle. Management or alteration of just one of these components prevents or reduces disease severity.

 

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Topics: Enhanced learning blocks, Ag technology, learning blocks, data driven decisions, yield efficiency, farm analytics, Farm Plan

Understanding In-Season Decisions with Economics

Posted by Brenton Rossman on 7/15/21 9:00 AM

For the most part, farmers will have made their input purchasing decisions before the soil is warm enough to begin planting.  Those in-season decisions that still remain can be some of the most challenging to make.  Not because they’re the most financially significant, but because there are so many factors present once the crop is planted (current weather, short and long-term forecast, crop condition, grain markets, fluctuating input prices, and an endless list of tasks to complete).  All of these factors can have an influence, consciously or sub-consciously, on a grower’s ability to make an effective in-season decision.  

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Topics: data driven decisions, Farm Plan, nitrogen

How to Collect Data for Farm Analytics

Posted by Molly Haub on 7/8/21 9:00 AM

To efficiently collect data on your farming operation, it’s important to have a good plan and keep notes as you go, collect in a timely manner, and verify that data matches what happened throughout the season. There are many data points that need to be collected, verified, and entered to get a full-scope picture of your operation for analytics purposes. 

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Topics: data analytics, data driven decisions, farm analytics

Use farm analytics to make improvements on your operation

Posted by Kelsey Andera on 6/24/21 9:00 AM

Every grower sets goals for their farming operation. Seeking high yields or decreasing costs of operation are commonly cited, but ultimately what every grower wants to know is whether or not each decision is profitable. 

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Topics: data analytics, Precision ag, farm analytics, Big Data

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Premier Crop Systems, based out of Des Moines, IA, started in 1999 to deliver better agronomic decisions through data analysis that lead to higher yields, increased profits and more sustainable practices for customers. 

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