How Variable Rate Helps Manage the Rising Cost of Fertilizer

Posted by Matt Dinse on 11/12/21 8:30 AM

Fertilizer prices are on the rise, which leaves growers seeking to better manage their input costs. When it comes to planning for 2022, you may have a ton of questions rolling in your head such as: How can I manage costs? Is soil sampling actually worth the investment? Does variable rate fertilizer really pay? 

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Topics: Precision ag, soil health, variable rate, data driven decisions, farm analytics

Two Reasons Your Data Will Lead to Greater Profitability

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 9/30/21 9:15 AM

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

I believe data driven decisions will power change in every aspect of crop production. Your data can be a valuable business asset that leads to greater profitability. Here are two reasons your data will lead to greater profitability:

  1. Uniqueness
  2. Yield limitations
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Topics: yield analysis, variable rate, yield efficiency

Farm Analytics Show Valuable Insights

Posted by Katie McWhirter on 9/16/21 9:00 AM

I was meeting with a grower who asked the question, ‘Is the direction of Premier Crop going from a prescription company to an analytics company?’ My answer was: ‘Premier Crop has always been about analytics. We are not only a company known for analytics, but what to do with the information that is received within the data, in those analytics.

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Topics: Precision ag, yield analysis, variable rate, data driven decisions, nutrient removals

Variable Rate Seeding Pays: Stretch More Bushels out of Every Acre

Posted by Matt Bowers on 9/2/21 9:15 AM

Variable rate seed prescriptions have been a topic of conversation since planter capabilities have increased and seed companies look to increase the value of their recommendations. Yet the farmgate, conversations have had a range of reactions to its success. 

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Topics: Precision ag, hybrid selection, variable rate, seed selection

5 Surprising Things About Ag Technology

Posted by Molly Haub on 8/19/21 9:30 AM

Do you remember the 90s? I was an elementary student, probably about 7 when my parents bought our first computer. I remember listening to the dial up tone to get on the internet and play the math video games that my mom had found. I also remember the incessant pop ups that also came with 90s internet. Sometimes, that’s how I feel about precision ag these days. There are a lot of pop ups that are flashy and use all the right buzz words wanting you to ‘pick me, pick me, pick me.’ However, there are several things about precision ag that these companies often leave out of their messaging that can be surprising. 5 of those things that can often surprise people are:

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Topics: Precision ag, Ag technology, variable rate, data driven decisions

How Yield Efficiency Can Impact Your Operation

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 5/6/21 10:15 AM

"It's just putting data to work for you. You can drill down on which fields, and which parts of fields are most profitable, and which aren't. I think the more you help growers know their costs, the better managers they are." - Dan Frieberg

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Topics: Farm technology, Precision ag, crop protection, variable rate, data driven decisions, yield efficiency, economics, Farm Plan, nutrient removals, nitrogen

Nitrogen Strategies for your Fields

Posted by Mike Manning on 4/29/21 10:00 AM

"It convinces growers to spread those nitrogen pounds out over the course of the season or minimally making more than one application, and they see improved efficiency. We're talking about less pounds of nitrogen to produce a bushel of corn, and we generally see higher yields at the same time. So, it becomes a win-win." - Mike Manning

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Topics: Farm technology, Precision ag, crop protection, learning blocks, soil health, variable rate, economics, Farm Plan, nutrient removals, nitrogen

Unlock Insights to Your Farming Operation

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 4/22/21 10:30 AM

"Data is valuable, but data in the hands of the right people with the right context is really, really valuable." - T.J. Masker

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Topics: Farm technology, data analytics, Precision ag, Ag technology, yield analysis, variable rate, data visualization, farm analytics, Farm Plan

Six Frustrations with Precision ag

Posted by Katie McWhirter on 4/8/21 9:24 AM

"Growers tell me they are frustrated with precision ag, they've invested in the technology. I tell them, 'You just want to put the pieces of the puzzle together to see exactly what the picture is.’ And they are relieved when Premier Crop can help."

- Katie McWhirter, Director of Training and Development

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Topics: Farm technology, data analytics, Precision ag, Ag technology, yield analysis, variable rate, yield efficiency, data visualization, farm analytics, Big Data, Farm Plan, nutrient removals

Why Use Variable Rate Prescriptions?

Posted by Lance Meyer on 9/24/20 10:15 AM

What truly is the purpose of a variable rate prescription? Wikipedia puts it as “the application of a material, such that the rate of application is based on the precise location, or qualities of the area that the material is being applied to.” Fairly complicated right? At Premier Crop we like to describe it as using your technology that your equipment already has to reallocate your inputs to a part of the field where your yield potential and return on investment are higher. Ever since variable rate application methods were introduced in the 1990s and on into the 2000s there have been a number of farmers who have strayed away from using variable rate technology because it “just doesn’t pay”. I can understand this mentality because there has never been a precision agriculture software that ties the agronomics to the economics. Was the increase in yield that we saw in that area of the field where more seed/fertilizer was applied enough to offset the cost of the inputs and provide a greater return? This is the type of question that led many to be non-believers in variable rate prescriptions.

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Topics: variable rate

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