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

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

4 Informational Tips You Need to Go Beyond Yield

Posted by Katie McWhirter on 10/15/21 9:15 AM

I was recently reading an article in Crops and Soils titled, Assessing On-Farm Economics of Soil Health, and I immediately knew I was going to enjoy the article. One of the first sentences states: "Producers often comment that economics drive farm management decisions." This statement is so true! I would contend that economics drive all decisions. Using your data to discover economic insights and in turn, using that new knowledge to make more confident decisions is imperative.

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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

3 Ways to Start Utilizing Your Data

Posted by Dakota Clausen on 9/23/21 9:15 AM

Technology is great… when it works like it’s supposed to. Whether it’s your cell phone, computer or agriculture equipment, we’ve all had our fair share of battles with technology. Like it or not, technology isn’t going away. In fact, it’s going to continue to grow and become even more prevalent in our lives, even in agriculture. We see this every year in agriculture as we continue to add technology to our planters and combines. Monitors continue to become more complex, and tractors are driving themselves. So, where do we go from here? 

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Topics: data analytics, management zones, trials, learning blocks, data driven decisions, nutrient removals

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

Use Agronomic and Economic Data to Make Management Decisions

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 8/26/21 9:00 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: Farm technology, Precision ag, soil health, group data, data driven decisions, Farm Plan

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

Why You Need Farm Analytics Software

Posted by Kevin Kruize on 8/5/21 9:00 AM

We can all probably think of a product, service, or brand we feel biased towards. Then 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. 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, data driven decisions, farm analytics, Farm Plan

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