Color Blind Data

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 2:14 PM

I grew up attending a small rural Iowa Methodist church and the theology from the pulpit was all about being "color blind". Of course, the irony was that we all looked the same. The color blind theology was all about seeing beyond the surface – looking deeper to find real values versus making judgements based on what's on the surface. 

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Topics: Precision ag

Beyond Pretty Maps

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 2:09 PM

For more than a decade, GPS technology has allowed you to capture variability within a field – from yield to soils, fertility, pH, varieties, variable rate application and agronomic treatments. Meaning more than likely, you have accumulated binders full of color maps and hard drives full of files.

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Topics: Farm technology

Compare Real Benchmarks

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 1:55 PM

Telling your customers they are under-performing 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 might enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they are the starts but how do you gently push the below average customers to step up their game?

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Topics: Farming

Cost Per Bushel

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 1:19 PM

Premier Crop has been challenged by growers and industry skeptics. The recent euphoria over the value of grower's data has been a welcome change in that more growers are starting to value their data and wonder how to best put it to use. But having spent so much time with growers, I know that in the end the ultimate credibility test for every data offering will be "does it pay?"

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Topics: Precision ag

Build Your Nutrient Data

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 1:17 PM

In case you haven't heard, there's a target on your back! Our modern crop production system is on a collision course with the non-farming public who are becoming more removed from farming with each generation. Many outside of agriculture, including regulators, associate high-yield crop production with being environmentally reckless.

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Topics: Farming

Compare Field Yields

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 1:14 PM

Got data? You may be thinking, "Yes, I have plenty of it", or maybe, "No, how do I get it?" Even if you have no precision-ag data, chances are you have this data.

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Topics: Farm technology

Surrogate Data

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 1:12 PM

"But how do I know if what I am seeing in my data analysis is real?"

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Topics: data analytics

Find Profit in Data

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/21/18 1:09 PM

There is a popular reminder used in crop production to spur a sense of urgency. It goes something like this: "You only get to plant a field 40 times in your farming lifetime. If you rotate crops, you might only get 20 chances to get it right with soybeans or corn."

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Topics: data analytics

When Two Negatives Make a Positive

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 10/22/18 12:03 PM

When we look back to 2012 it was historically dry, and 2013 started out wet and then turned dry. As some growers in the Midwest face yields below expectations, they're finding new and different ways to learn from their data.

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Topics: Precision ag, management zones

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