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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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Changing the Approach to Agronomy

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, Kessler…

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Monitoring and forecasting soil moisture

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?

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 far…

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Probes reveal soil moisture’s many secrets

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

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

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? What…

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