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Planning for Next Year

While Crop Intelligence has a strong influence on in-season decision making, Rob Smith* – a grower out of Humboldt, SK – has found another huge benefit from using the app—planning.   Smith first installed Field Connect on his farm in 2015, and Crop Intelligence in 2016. Using the app has increased his confidence in planning for next year’s crop based on the current…

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Changing the Approach to Agronomy

Crop Intelligence Field Day Kessler Ag Ventures 2018 “It almost revolutionizes how we approach agronomy. Now, we can really see what's going on under the ground and with the plants. It changes how we approach it.”   Tyler Kessler has worked with South Country and Crop Intelligence for the past four years. He is an agrologist with his own small agronomy consulting business,…

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Monitoring and forecasting soil moisture

Real-time technology can impact decision making on-farm and across regional landscapes. Collecting physical crop vegetation samples for Vegetation Water Content (VCW) determination in the field trials at the University of Manitoba. Photos courtesy of Krista Hanis-Gervais. Soil moisture is not only important for crop production, input decisions and yield outcomes – it is an important…

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Are you leaving water on the table?

New app and service gives producers a better handle on moisture This almost-robot looking device is the John Deere Field Connect weather station that collects a wide range of environmental data such as rainfall,solar intensity and wind speed. The weather station also ties into the moisture probe which is installed near the steel post at right.Photo: Crop Intelligence   Since technology so…

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Probes reveal soil moisture’s many secrets

Crop Intelligence is an app developed by Ryan Hutchison at South Country Equipment east of Regina.CropIntel uses John Deere’s Field Connect crop management system to document soil moisturedown to 100 centimetres, rainfall, air temperature, humidity, leaf wetness,solar radiation and growing degree days. | Ryan Hutchison/South Country Equipment photo Soil moisture probes have been around for…

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Leveraging Your Weather Data

Farmers have been collecting rainfall data on their farms for decades. While it’s nice to know how much precipitation has fallen, most of it’s collected for the curiosity value. But in 2018, 394 farmers across Canada, United States, and Australia used a crop intelligence formula app, developed by Ryan Hutchison, Kendall Gee, and Elston…

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Finally, soil moisture measuring meets new tech

A map of soil moisture at freeze-up can give you a good indication of your yield potential Water in the bank is a certainty; rainfall is a probability. Much of what we do in farming is based on probabilities — a game of chance.   What are the chances we will get timely rains to keep a crop from withering away to a low yield? What are the chances we will suffer disease or insect damage?…

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Real Agriculture Interview

► VIDEO After seed is placed in the ground, the yield potential of a crop is often determined by water availability.   If it’s too dry, a grower may decide against top-dressing fertilizer or applying a fungicide.   In other cases, there might be more soil moisture available to the plants than recent weather or a rain gauge would suggest — so an in-crop application might…

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A Discussion on Crop Intelligence

A video discussion with Kristjan Hebert - Director, Global Ag Risk Solutions January, 2018

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