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2019 Top-Dress Trial - What We Learned

2019 Top-Dress Trial - What We Learned

Soil moisture data and Water Driven Yield Potential support confident decision making. I was introduced to Crop Intelligence and soil moisture probes in the spring of 2018 by Ryan Hutchison. That fall, I joined South Country Equipment as a Crop Intelligence Agronomist and put two stations on my family farm in SE Saskatchewan for the 2019 season. This was De Roo Family Farms first year using Crop…

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An App That Supports Decision-Making and Planning

An App That Supports Decision-Making and Planning

  Informed decision-making leads to smarter decision-making. As Elston Solberg, Crop Intelligence’s own expert agronomist, has said before—"trust the data so you can crush the agronomy.”   The data that our Crop Intelligence app provides and the support that our team offers helps you inform your planning and decision-making—both in-season and before next…

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Crop Intelligence Creates New Opportunities

Crop Intelligence Creates New Opportunities

Adding Crop Intelligence to your tool kit creates a number of new opportunities for your farm. Here’s what we know from data analysis and firsthand experience with farmers and agronomists.   The Crop Intelligence app interprets data and that can help you:   Develop a baseline Weather stations and environmental sensor technology is more reliable and affordable to implement. With…

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The Next Four Bushels

The Next Four Bushels

The Next Four Bushels A Collaboration with Elston Solberg and Sean Taylor One of the most talked about session from the inaugural Crop Intelligence Summit, held in November 2019 in Regina, was Sean Taylor’s presentation, Are You Maximizing Your Profits. Sean is a manager with MNP’s Agricultural Services Team in Regina. In his talk, he stated that four additional bushels of canola can…

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Les Henry: Prairie soil moisture map for 2020

Les Henry: Prairie soil moisture map for 2020

Soil moisture at freeze-up in 2019: a range of moisture across the Prairies Photo: Base map courtesy Andrew Nadler, PEAK HydroMet Solutions The 2019 crop year was a challenge for all involved in our industry. The erratic rainfall patterns also challenged the preparation of this soil moisture map. Let me first acknowledge the assistance of staff from Crop Intelligence by South Country…

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A Probe Of Possibilities

A Probe Of Possibilities

Soil moisture makes yield, but how much do you know about your soil moisture levels? Metre-deep moisture probes combined with cellular communication are giving growers continuous updates on yield potential based on soil water, which can help with decisions on fertilizer top-dress, fungicide applications and marketing. Trevor Thompson, who farms at Assiniboia,Sask., had three Crop…

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Crop Intelligence December 2019 Reading List

Crop Intelligence December 2019 Reading List

What We Are Reading Now! The winters are long in Saskatchewan and with the holiday travel season upon us, the Crop Intelligence team thought the timing was right to share our 2019 reading list. A mix of textbooks, non-fiction books, podcasts and audiobooks there is something for everyone. The following are some of what our team is reading and listening to at the moment; Resources: Andrea's…

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Are You Maximizing Your Profits?

Are You Maximizing Your Profits?

Sean Taylor, Manager of Agriculture Services at MNP kicked off the first Crop Intelligence Annual Summit as the first keynote speaker with some strong insights to help maximize profits on your farm—have a solid business structure, understand your numbers and don’t forget about risk management. “If we don’t know our own numbers on our farms, it’s going to be impossible…

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Trust the Data. Crush the Agronomy.

Trust the Data. Crush the Agronomy.

“You’ve gotta start pulling triggers.” Elston Solberg, agronomist and EarthDirstSoil co-founder, made this point both firmly and often at the Crop Intelligence Annual Summit. But, in order to do that, he stated that farmers must first trust their data so that they can then crush the agronomy. Solberg noted that many farmers are still in a position where they’re getting…

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Innovation is a Process

Innovation is a Process

Day two of the first Crop Intelligence Annual Summit commenced with a session with Yancy Wright, Senior Agronomist at John Deere. He began his keynote with a family history anecdote. Wright’s farm in Oklahoma has been in his family for over 100 years. His grandfather moved from Illinois to Oklahoma as part of the Homestead Act, where families were given free land to encourage them to farm…

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Managing What You've Measured

Managing What You've Measured

Markus Braaten, Crop Manager of Cereals and Canola for Yara North America, started his session on day two of the Crop Intelligence Annual Summit with a strong point that everyone would take home with them— “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” But, what are we measuring and what are we managing? We should be measuring soil moisture while managing how we maximize…

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Confidence at your Fingertips

Confidence at your Fingertips

Ben Cavers, the fifth generation of Be-Ver Farms out near Sedley, SK, has made the Crop Intelligence app an important part of his day-to-day operations. He’s found that the app as a whole—from entering your seeding date to interpreting the data—is straightforward and simple to use. “I pretty much live on it on a daily basis,” laughs Cavers. “It's right at…

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Protein in Wheat - A Conversation with Elston Solberg

Protein in Wheat - A Conversation with Elston Solberg

Kendall Gee: Farmer Sue has a yield goal of 60 bushels per acre (bu/ac) and Crop Intelligence tells her that the Water Driven Yield Potential is +10 (70 bu/acre total). Enough groceries were added to achieve 60 bushels. The rains came late-ish in the season, but Farmer Sue and her agronomist both feel the crop is in good shape and the yield potential is at least 70. They are worried…

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A Small Dollar Item with a Big Payoff

A Small Dollar Item with a Big Payoff

Sean Trefiak, the Precision Ag Technician for Pattison Agriculture out of Yorkton, SK, recalls a time before Crop Intelligence was available and farmers would sometimes be influenced by “coffee shop talk” from their neighbours when making decisions in dry seasons about whether or not they should top dress their crop. Now these farmers have access to sound data to guide them on making…

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Planning for Next Year

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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