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

Don't Farm Averages

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 11/12/19 8:15 AM

Sometimes “averages” can be your worst enemy.

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Topics: Farm technology, crop protection, management zones, cost per bushel

One Rate Doesn't Fit All

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 9/10/19 8:09 AM

When I began my career in crop production, we would routinely pull 20 soil sample cores, mix the cores in a bucket, pour one pound into a sample bag, send it off to the lab, get the results back and then pretend that what was on the sheet of paper accurately represented the nutrient levels for the entire field. While that may have been the best we could do then, we can do much better now – but many are treating entire fields the same. The economics of grid or small-zone sampling fields and variable-rate applying lime, phosphorus and potassium need to be revisited by many growers and their advisers. Nutrient prices have tripled since grid sampling was first introduced, and grain prices have escalated from the $2.50 per bushel days – meaning the reward for managing your nutrient investment intensely has never been higher.

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Topics: management zones

Are you applying the right rates?

Posted by Sarah Windhorst on 4/9/19 3:55 PM

In 2005, Premier Crop trademarked a unique idea that has become a common practice with our customers. A trademark called Learning Blocks™. If you’ve conceded to the idea that your fields aren’t the same from fence line to fence line and you’re already managing your fields in zones, you’re ahead of the pack. But, are you checking your work? How do you confirm you are choosing the right rates for the zones in your variable rate planting or nutrient prescription?  Do you just trust that the prescription is right?

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Topics: Farm technology, Precision ag, management zones, trials, learning blocks

THREE Ways to Determine Field Profitability Using Your Technology {Pt. 3}

Posted by Molly Haub on 4/2/19 8:04 AM

This is a three part series focusing on ways to determine your field profitability using your technology. We will post the series over the course of two months. If you don't want to wait, you can get the full series here.

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Topics: Farm technology, data analytics, Precision ag, Ag technology, management zones, cost per bushel, learning blocks

THREE Ways to Determine Field Profitability Using Your Technology {Pt. 2}

Posted by Molly Haub on 3/19/19 8:07 AM

This is a three part series focusing on ways to determine your field profitability using your technology. We will post the series over the course of two months. If you don't want to wait, you can get the full series here.

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Topics: Farm technology, data analytics, Precision ag, Ag technology, management zones, cost per bushel, learning blocks

THREE Ways to Determine Field Profitability Using Your Technology {Pt. 1}

Posted by Molly Haub on 3/5/19 8:04 AM

This is a three part series focusing on ways to determine your field profitability using your technology. We will post the series over the course of two months. If you don't want to wait, you can get the full series here.

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Topics: Farm technology, data analytics, Precision ag, Ag technology, management zones, cost per bushel, learning blocks

Remove the Guessing and Make Data Driven Decisions

Posted by Laura Kelley on 2/12/19 8:15 AM

As farmers face another year with challenging markets and high inputs, we as agronomic advisors continue to work with our clients in order to find where we can remove some of the guessing when it comes to the decision-making process of planning another season. It comes as no surprise to anyone that is involved in Agriculture that many areas saw higher than normal precipitation in 2018.

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Topics: Farming, data analytics, Precision ag, Ag technology, management zones, cost per bushel

Why You Should Test Products on Your Own Farm

Posted by Sarah Windhorst on 1/24/19 12:04 PM

Why should you test products on your own farm? Your farm is unique and you have the equipment capabilities and data to conduct those trials. With little risk, you can have a more robust dataset than many companies.  I’ll explain…

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Topics: Enhanced learning blocks, data analytics, Precision ag, crop protection, management zones, trials

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

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