Fall Tillage Practices and Cover Crops

Posted by Josh Sponheim on 12/2/21 9:30 AM

In my area of Iowa, primarily in Mitchell County, the adoption of strip-till has been huge. There were three or four people that started in the early 2000s, along with my dad, that were pretty vocal about what they were seeing and what kind of benefits they were getting from reducing tillage and going to a strip-till pass. I would love everybody to switch to strip-till and then to no-till down the road, but I understand not everyone is in that mindset. Many growers want to keep doing things the way they have always done things. That’s not always bad, but from a long-term farming standpoint, I believe there are benefits to doing things differently when it comes to soil health and keeping soil around for the next generation of farmers. It's a mindset change, and it has to be the grower’s decision. 

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Topics: soil health, yield efficiency, carbon credits, carbon sequestration, cover crops, no-till, strip-till

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

Response to Fungicide: It Varies

Posted by Brenton Rossman on 7/22/21 8:15 AM

You don’t have to look very hard to find chemical manufacturers’ advertisements claiming a significant positive yield response (15, 20, 25+ bu./ac) to using one of their fungicide products. There are many effective products on the market that provide good control and protection against fungal pathogens, but advertisement claims based on ‘average trial data’ aren’t guarantees for your fields. Three critical components (a host, favorable environment, and pathogen) must come together at the same time for a plant disease to thrive. These three components are commonly referred to as the Plant Disease Triangle. Management or alteration of just one of these components prevents or reduces disease severity.

 

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Topics: Enhanced learning blocks, Ag technology, learning blocks, data driven decisions, yield efficiency, farm analytics, Farm Plan

Understand Your Field Profitability

Posted by Sarah Windhorst on 5/27/21 9:30 AM

Now is always a good time to start managing your farm decisions at a finer scale.  If someone were to ask you if you know your cost of production, you’d likely have an idea.  But, when I say it’s time to manage at a ‘finer scale,’ the question that precedes it is, “Do you know how much it costs you to raise a bushel of grain in each unique part of your field—that is—as your productivity changes across the field?”

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Topics: cost per bushel, yield efficiency, farm analytics, Farm Plan

Get Started Using Your Farm Data

Posted by Katie Decker on 5/20/21 9:15 AM

At Premier Crop, we say that agronomy is local. Farmers say it too, though, because we have such a vast amount of data within our system.

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Topics: data analytics, Precision ag, data driven decisions, yield efficiency, farm analytics, nutrient removals

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

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

Managing Profitability with Ag View Solutions

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 3/25/21 11:00 AM

"We're all about tying the economics to the agronomics, which just means when we're adjusting nutrient rates and plant seeding rates and decisions about what we spend in different parts of the field, we're tying that out at the end of the year."
- Dan Frieberg

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Topics: Farming, data analytics, Ag technology, cost per bushel, yield efficiency, economics, Big Data, farm data

Yield Efficiency at a Year-End Grower Meeting with SciMax Solutions

Posted by Brenton Rossman on 3/4/21 10:17 AM

"I think people are really good looking at a 10,000-foot view, but when you dive deeper into the economics and profitability, that's where the rubber meets the road."
- Landon Aldinger, Farmer, Iowa Falls, IA

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Topics: Farm technology, Precision ag, Ag technology, crop protection, management zones, group data, benchmarking, yield efficiency, economics, Big Data, farm data

Does Carbon Sequestration Pay?

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 2/25/21 9:51 AM

"I believe that if we really want soils to be that carbon sequestering part, we need to be explaining to agriculture and producers this whole dynamic of carbon and how it's going to benefit them in ways that they really haven't thought about very much." Dr. Jerry Hatfield

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Topics: Precision ag, soil health, yield efficiency, carbon credits, carbon sequestration, cover crops, no-till

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