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“Whether it’s on thumb drives, on a monitor in the combine, on a computer or in a software program, getting that data into one place so you can see it together, analyze it together and make decisions based off of the entire picture is the first step.” – Derek Freitag.

How to get the most out of the data you collect

Overcome the top data usage and analysis hurdles

While farmers and their agronomists or crop advisors have the ability to collect all kinds of data using precision agriculture tools, few farmers are analyzing and interpreting the data and developing solutions themselves, which begs the question, why? One of the first challenges is data is housed in many different places, says Derek Freitag, market […] Read more

Bayer Crop Science’s digital data management platform Climate FieldView allows producers to visualize and analyze crop production data and assist with management decisions.

The true value of ag data collection

Measure your production and your areas of profitability and loss

If you asked most farmers 10 years ago for their definitions of precision agriculture, they would’ve likely included the terms variable-rate technology, satellite imagery or yield mapping. Today, that definition is far more fluid because there are many ways to collect a variety of data, and just as many ways to interpret and apply it […] Read more


Precision ag data ownership may well be a moot point

Your data may already be out there

For as long as there have been precision agriculture tools and data collection, there has been debate over who, ultimately, should own that data. Should it be the sole property of the farmer, or the agronomist or consulting company he or she uses to help interpret it, or should it be available for general, public […] Read more



“For a long time, producers have been using automation and ECUs to control their application pieces. We’re starting to see that come into the tillage units now.” – Kris Wright.

Seedbed-sensing system optimizes tillage tool operation

Case IH’s Soil Command brings remote-sensing tech to the world of tillage

Remote sensing has become part of the furniture on a great deal of farm equipment over the past several years. Whether used for data collection, feedback or variable-rate functions, the tech has become almost synonymous for precision agriculture. Why it matters: The seedbed-sensing system delivers real-time feedback from shank-mounted sensors to the tractor cab, informing […] Read more

Figure 2. A field of Weyburn loam soil association.

Les Henry: The importance of naming soils

Let’s peel away the fancy stuff and boil it down to something useful at the farmgate

[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 2020] Naming (classifying) soils is not the same as naming plants or animals. Plant classification can be a purely scientific endeavour and they name a plant by genus (Triticum = wheat) and species (Triticum aestivum = bread wheat). Classifying soils is a complex affair not always understood. In this short piece, we […] Read more


Tech advice without the 1-800 hurdle

Partners with Tech Direct Solution make staff easily accessible

If calling a 1-800 number for technical support from crop input or service providers has proven time consuming and even frustrating, a new service launched this spring is helping farmers to connect directly with people they need to talk to — and it’s free. The service is called Tech Direct Solution and was launched in […] Read more

Today’s biggest issues in soil fertility

When to broadcast, shallow band, deep band and top dress

Rigas Karamanos, a senior agronomist with Koch Fertilizer Canada, is one of the leading Canadian experts in soil fertility today. After speaking at hundreds of producer conferences and research symposiums, Karamanos says there are four major topics that come up again and again at every discussion of agricultural soil fertility. Broadcasting, shallow banding, deep banding […] Read more


Hardware to control downforce uses the seeder’s existing hydraulic system.

Precision Planting tools maximize emergence and profits

SeederForce and SmartFirmer provide accuracy and key soil measurements

A common problem that exists in seeders is the one downforce setting for the whole machine. A system like this can often lead to underapplying downforce pressure in areas of the field where soil is harder or more compacted. This leads to disk openers riding on top of, or partially in, the soil causing undesirable […] Read more

The amount of damage caused by cutworm feeding on canola seed-treated with an insecticide was measured. Manned aircraft were used to collect images on 90 acres. Field and data analysis was performed to develop relative density, and per cent cover maps were created to provide an objective estimate of cutworm damage.

How to use remote sensing for crops to its fullest potential

Images from drones and satellites can be part of a much bigger picture

Remote sensing tools can produce a lot of valuable information about what’s happening on farmland and within your crops, but the full potential has yet to be properly harnessed, says a north-central Alberta agronomist after studying the technology for a couple years. Satellite imagery, aerial photography and images captured by unmanned drones are all forms […] Read more