Dan Frieberg

Dan Frieberg
President, Dan Frieberg, grew up on a farm in Iowa & graduated from Iowa State University. His career includes wholesale fertilizer sales, retail management, serving as CEO of the Iowa Fertilizer & Chemical Association & later the Agribusiness Association of Iowa & business consulting. Dan loves Diet Pepsi & has a good hair day, everyday.
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Produce (a lot) More with Less

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 4/16/19 8:15 AM

I spend some of my best work days with growers – encouraging them to use their data to drive better agronomic decisions. Of course, I'm frequently also inviting them to become customers.

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Topics: yield efficiency

Making The Data Deliver

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 3/26/19 8:14 AM

Dan Frieberg, President of Premier Crop Systems, talks about data and breakeven cost per bushel on the Farm to Fork Podcast.

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Topics: cost per bushel

Can “Unhealthy” Soils Consistently Produce Exceptional Yields?

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 2/25/19 9:37 AM

In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to work for a farming operation that was serious about soil conservation. Serving on State Soil Conservation boards, building terraces, implementing no-till, when planters and weed control options were crude by today’s standards – they were soil stewards. Because of their mentorship, I’ve always taken soil conservation seriously.

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Topics: data analytics, Precision ag, yield analysis, soil health

Learning Blocks

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/26/18 4:22 PM

Some people remember phone numbers or slender dates; I remember farm fields. Before the 2005 crop year, the program leaders for Central Advantage from Central Valley Cooperative in southern Minnesota asked me to help generate variable-rate planting prescriptions. The primary question was “agronomically, what makes sense?”

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Topics: management zones, trials, learning blocks

Premier Crop's new ELBs allow us to experimentally establish causation

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/26/18 4:06 PM

Throughout Premier Crop’s nearly 20-year history, we’ve perhaps been the most diligent at communicating that what we do – big data analysis – would be considered “observational data analysis,” which can show relationships and correlations, but stops short of providing cause and effect.

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Topics: Enhanced learning blocks

Data by the Bushel

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/26/18 4:05 PM

A commercial partnership brings combined analysis of financial records and field productivity to Syngenta growers.

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Topics: data analytics

Compare Apple to Apples

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/26/18 4:03 PM

You are likely asked for next years seed order many times before harvest even begins. In that case, one of the first decisions you probably will make using your yield data is which numbers to plant the following year.

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Topics: Farming

Compare Real Benchmarks

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/26/18 4:01 PM

Telling customers they are underperforming never seemed like a great business model to me. Benchmarking can have that exact effect – 60% aren’t performing well if you remember teachers grading on the curve back in school. Those at the top of the curve might enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they are the stars, but how do you gently push the below-average customers to step up their game?

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Topics: Farming

Are High Yields More Profitable?

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 2:37 PM

Do you ever consider why there is so much focus on producing ever higher yields per acre? What's your reason why you focus on yields? Is it a feeling of social responsibility to help feed the world? Is it from a sense of pride? Winning a contest? Are you wired to achieve – a constant quest to do better? Is it a leftover from your school days or parenting - always wanting to have a great report card?

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Topics: Farming

Data Builds Confidence

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 2:30 PM

Are you confident? Where does that confidence come from? From your life experiences? From your successes? Even your failures? What about the decisions you make in your crop production business? Are you confident in the decisions you make?

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Topics: data analytics

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Premier Crop Systems is a leading precision ag, data processing and analysis company in Des Moines, Iowa. Premier Crop Systems 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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