How Technology has changed Agriculture

Posted by Brenton Rossman on 6/11/20 10:15 AM
A legacy for generations in the Rossman Family

There are no right or wrong answers to the title of this blog, How Technology has changed agriculture, instead there are too many to write about. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and our work more efficient.  Depending on your age (generation) your answers to this question will differ.  I decided to ask my dad and grandpa what technologies have had the most impact on their farming careers.  

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Topics: Ag technology, data driven decisions

Measure financial impacts of agronomic decisions

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 3/27/20 8:15 AM

In farming and a pandemic – having the right denominator matters

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Topics: data driven decisions, seed selection, yield efficiency

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

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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Data Leads to Input Decisions

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 12/17/19 8:15 AM

Sometimes life events leave a mark for generations. The Great Depression created generations of frugal farm family survivors. Feeding a family was a challenge – holding on to a farm was almost impossible for many. The "frugal stamp" wasn't just left on the parents but their children and many times passed on to another generation.

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Topics: data driven decisions

Give Your Data Purpose with a Yield Efficiency Score

Posted by Molly Haub on 9/26/19 8:15 AM

As you are gearing up for harvest, there is a nervous excitement. You are about to get your final grade for 2019. How did you do? Did you make money? Did your decisions for the year pay off? These questions may give you pause, how do you measure such a thing? Is it the check that comes in the mail from the elevator? Is it the number that comes across the combine monitor? Is it, if your harvest map is green instead of red? 

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Topics: data driven decisions, yield efficiency

Measuring Yield Efficiency Using a Visualization Platform

Posted by Darren Fehr on 8/29/19 9:30 AM

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Data Visualization platform, part of our three-tier technology strategy. This new platform allows growers to gain key insights that give them the ability to make informed decisions based off economics, seed, crop protection, fertility, operations and management.

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Topics: data analytics, benchmarking, data driven decisions, economics, data visualization

Every Acre Is Unique

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 7/30/19 8:15 AM

Foundations of agronomy and geography are the starting place for data-driven decisions. 

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More Data Helps Data Driven Decisions

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 7/9/19 8:16 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: Farming, data analytics, data driven decisions

Paving the Way to Easy Data Transfer

Posted by Mark Stelford on 4/30/19 8:13 AM

I have had the privilege of being in the “Precision Ag business” for over 20 years now. A lot has changed since I started, but some fundamental issues still plague our ability to make it easier for users to leverage the various technologies that are available: having systems “talk to each other” technically referred to as “interoperability” is a key challenge. This issue is apparent from a recent survey conducted by AgGateway, a non-profit industry consortium that is focused on promoting and enabling the industry’s transition to digital agriculture with a goal of maximizing efficiency and productivity (www.aggateway.org). As an industry our goal is to make these technologies relevant to a large cross section of growers, so in the future we don’t refer to “Precision Agriculture” instead we just say “this is how you do Agriculture.”

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Topics: Precision ag, data driven decisions

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