Precision Ag as a Service - Should it be a Service on Your Farm?

Posted by Kevin Kruize on 6/18/20 10:15 AM

As a farmer you are tasked with making over 40 important business decisions each year, which is no small task.  These decisions can relate to anything from finance, product knowledge, agronomic knowledge, marketing, machinery repair/service, buying and negotiating skills, and computer skills. It's no wonder that as a farmer you have been known for being the “Jack of all trades,” however, how big of risk can you afford to take when it relates to making all of these decisions confidently?

When you look at other successful businesses, they make important decisions by utilizing a team of experts to research the problem and analyze each outcome. While the manager may make the final decision, it was done by relying on input, data and research from others. I've witnessed over the last 15 years working with growers that grower who use precision ag and data have outpaced their neighbors. Their data impacts and influences many important decisions they make to help them continuously learn from their fields.

When growers work with an educated agronomic advisor partnered with a precision ag system they see data the helps them drive decisions. But the communication with a person is a huge value, beyond the data.

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Topics: Precision ag

What type of data should you collect for farm analytics?

Posted by Elisabeth Haager on 5/5/20 8:15 AM

Do you ever feel like you are collecting loads of data but it’s just sitting on a flash drive or in a cloud storage system doing little more than building a pretty map? Organizing and analyzing that data can seem like such a daunting task. Before you even get to organizing the data you need to figure out what data is worth collecting. With the help of a Premier Crop Advisor we help you prioritize your data and use farm analytics to make more confident decisions using your data.

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Topics: Precision ag, farm analytics

The value of precision ag during tight economic times

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 4/16/20 8:15 AM

"At the end of the day, one of the things I hope comes out of this, is a new appreciation for what agriculture does, and what the food industry and all of us are about, just the totality of what agriculture does for the American consumer and for the world."

- Dan Frieberg

In this Premier Podcast, where everything agronomic is economic. We invite you to listen to Aaron Seifert, Business Development Manager in the West, and Dan Frieberg, Co-founder of Premier Crop Systems and VP of Technical Services, discuss the value of precision agriculture during tight economic times.

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Topics: Precision ag

Why you should use farm analytic software?

Posted by Kevin Kruize on 4/2/20 8:15 AM

Do you get frustrated when you feel someone is biased towards a product, service, or certain brand?  Biased information can end up being very frustrating and even costly to your operation. Now think about how you make decisions on your farming operation. Do you have any bias on how different fields respond to a certain seed, fertilizer, or crop protection product? Allowing your bias to persuade field decisions can be very costly and frustrating as well. Your knowledge of your own farm is invaluable. Using farm analytics can enhance your decision making by removing or challenging the bias with objective analysis.  

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Topics: data analytics, Precision ag, farm analytics

Buyer’s Remorse – Get Started with Precision Farming

Posted by Katie McWhirter on 1/7/20 2:26 PM
pre·ci·sion

/prəˈsiZHən/ noun
the quality, condition, or fact of being exact and accurate.

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Topics: Precision ag

Precision Ag: Understand What is Profit Limiting

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 5/14/19 4:24 PM

Dan Frieberg talks about the Silver Bullet of precision ag and how there is no "Silver bullet". The point is the "Silver Bullet" for growers changes within every part of every field and can change every year. Watch now...

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Topics: Precision ag

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

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

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