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Getting more from data

Farmers are starting to put
precision tools – and the data they glean – to better use.

“They’re getting good
information. They can see that variety A made X number of bushels per acre, and
so on. Then they can go to their fertilizer and seed companies and say, ‘These
did better, and I want more of that,’ ” says Mike Brandert, a Deere AMS
consultant with Platte Valley Equipment in Fremont, Nebraska.

Chris Weydert takes it a
step further. On his farm near Bode in north-central Iowa, he layers crop input
variables on maps to reflect the “most advantageous practices to stack.” It’s a
major departure from a few short years ago, when the data-management approach
was much less structured.

“Now, we can see what are
the most advantageous practices to stack,” Weydert says.

Some crop advisers are
starting to collect wider-scale data to show how inputs are performing across
larger geographies.

“When we can see it across
thousands of acres, we can get a better idea of the trend and what is truly
happening,” says Bryan Arndorfer, crop adviser with Precision Management
Services in Bancroft, Iowa.  

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