Getting started with variable rate prescriptions

Posted by Molly Haub on 2/25/20 8:15 AM

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, is quoted as having said, “there is nothing permanent except change.” If that is the case, why do we fight it so hard? I believe the answer is because we are comfortable with where we are. In our comfort zone, we know exactly what to expect day in and day out, but in our desire to be comfortable, we remain exactly the same. If we don’t continue to learn and apply our new learned knowledge, how will we get better?

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The best tools to increase farm efficiency

Posted by Mike Manning on 2/20/20 8:15 AM

Some questions that get asked often about precision ag, and precision tools in general, are “what makes sense for my operation?” or “how do I get started?

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Real Agronomic Complexity

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 2/11/20 8:10 AM

Several years ago, I had customers tell me we could grow our company a lot faster if we had something like their planter monitor that flashed the dollars being lost from poor singulation. We needed something visual on a display, changing as growers moved across their fields to get their attention. Something cool.

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Topics: data analytics

How to use management zones

Posted by Kevin Kruize on 2/5/20 8:15 AM

Management Zones are defined as, similar agronomic areas in a field that are created from a combination of layers. These similar agronomic areas can be used to manage inputs and data to analyze better efficiency and return on investment to your farm.  At Premier Crop we offer a user-friendly way to bring these layers together in one platform and help you make confident decisions from your data.   

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Topics: management zones, variable rate

Success in VR Seeding

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 2/4/20 8:15 AM

I try very hard to not fall in the trap of “geek” talk. It’s a special challenge, as we are a company full of geeks! Even though we hire a lot of “normal” people, within a year we typically convert them into farming geeks/nerds. They still look normal, but they aren’t. I describe what we do as the collision of agronomy and technology. It’s the technology side that leads us to becoming geeks.

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Topics: variable rate

Dig Deep Into Data

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 1/29/20 8:15 AM

One of the services Premier Crop provides growers with is community or group data analysis from a regional basis. Growers can confidentially and anonymously share their field data with other growers in their region though written data-sharing agreements. Group data analysis compliments field- and grower- level analysis; growers receive actionable field intelligence they can use on their own fields.

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Topics: data analytics

Use Data to Drive Cuts

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 1/28/20 8:05 AM

Where to cut expense in tough times! Row crop agriculture now faces that question. Big company solutions to this dilemma are already resulting in massive layoffs or job cuts.

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Topics: data driven decisions

Quality Data: Is Bad Data better than No Data?

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 1/22/20 8:15 AM

If you’ve ever traveled to London and been a passenger on their subway system, the "tube," you’ve heard the phrase “mind the gap.” It’s kind of funny because that’s not how Americans would say it. We’d probably say “watch your step.” The long straight cars and the curves in the tracks cause the gaps between the train cars and the loading platform; therefore, passengers are warned to “mind the gap.”

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Topics: data analytics

What is efficiency in farming?

Posted by Brenton Rossman on 1/21/20 8:15 AM

A quick Google search on the word efficient returns the following definition - achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.  I like to think of efficiency as a ratio, or fraction. Most often the input value of the equation is time or money.  Efficiency is something almost everyone strives for in some aspect of their life. Think about different tasks you try to become more efficient at.

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Topics: yield efficiency

Use multiple layers of data to make an informed crop decision

Posted by Sarah Windhorst on 1/14/20 9:45 AM

With Christmas fresh in the rear-view, I’m reflecting on the gifts I gave and whether or not they were the ‘right’ gift for each person. What quantifies a good gift in my mind is not at all what quantifies a good gift to my husband. I’ve learned I need to ‘speak his language’ if I want to choose something that really sparks joy for him. The funny part?  The gift itself doesn’t matter to him! What matters to him is that the gift is well-researched and that it’s the choice the research says was best among similar options. This year, my husband got a new angle grinder power tool. The angle grinder could’ve cost $80 or $400, he doesn’t care—so long as he hears these words: “I spent endless hours looking for the best angle grinder and based on multiple sources of research, this is THE angle grinder to beat all angle grinders.” 

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Topics: data driven decisions

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