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Carrot Farm Sees 20% Increase in Efficiency with RTK Guidance

With the TMX-2050 display and Autopilot, Leo Dunne Ltd. is able to cover more acres per hour and build more accurate carrot beds, resulting in less time and crop loss. They first tried a different system, but as farm manager Tim Davies puts it, “Nothing went right with it,” and after-sales service and support were […]

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Planting and Seeding

Why Reliability = Profitability in Farming Today

By Michael Bruno If you’ve ever been ready to get to work in your fields, only to find your equipment wasn’t working, then you know the importance of reliability. There are many time-critical tasks in farming — you have to be ready to go when the time is right, whether that’s getting your crops planted […]

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Correction Services

Higher Accuracy Results in Better Consistency, Stronger Profits

By Michael Bruno and Vivek Nadkarni  Many farmers rely on positioning services to make accurate passes across their fields. Doing so ensures their passes are consistent, preventing overlaps and skips so they can be efficient with their time, land, and inputs.  But with options for correction services varying from the sub-meter accuracy level down to […]

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Planting and Seeding

Trimble Launches Photo and Video Contest to Celebrate Successful Farmers Around the World

For today’s most successful farmers, it’s not about working harder. The secret lies in discovering new ways to make your overall farm operations more intelligent…and it’s happening on farms around the world every day. Trimble wants to honor these efforts and celebrate empowered farmers everywhere who are embracing precision ag innovations in exciting new ways […]

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Flow and Application Control

Smart Spot Spray System Saves Money and Reduces Over-Application

  A next-gen spot spray system by Trimble is generating some buzz among farmers, who stand to cut their chemical costs by up to 90% with the new WeedSeeker 2. “It uses an automatic spot spraying system and active light crop sensors to detect and deliver a precise amount of chemical — only to weeds […]

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Planting and Seeding

Ag Innovation Leaders Explore New Ways to Expand Digital Frontiers of Smart Farming 

Top global ag leaders and innovators will gather in London this month to uncover new ways of leveraging technology to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the food system today. The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, which takes place in London October 15-16, is expected to draw over 500 global agribusiness leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, […]

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Planting and Seeding

Soil Sampling Secrets: How to Get in the Zone

The proliferation of precision ag practices is pushing more and more growers to begin soil testing – and those who already are, to ramp up their efforts. A common question they encounter: Which is better, grid sampling or zone? There are pros and cons to each, which we’ve outlined below. In the end, a soil […]

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Data Management

Trimble Select Introduces senseFly for Aerial Imaging

Trimble Select is excited to announce our newest relationship with senseFly. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland and with North America operations in Raleigh, NC, senseFly is a global leader in fixed-wing drone solutions. In an industry full of companies supplying pieces of imaging technology, senseFly has earned its position as a leader by offering a complete solution […]

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Planting and Seeding

Simple Ways to Leverage Cost-of-Production Data to Drive Farm Profits

Farming, more than many other industries or career paths, can engender strong emotional ties — to the land, to a family legacy, to a strong work ethic, and to an experience of community. This sense of mission or purpose is what draws many people into the agriculture industry. And for those born into it, farming […]

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Industry News

Leverage the USDA’s Market Facilitation Program to Drive Farm Profits

Farming is challenging. Maintaining a healthy bottom line is no small feat, especially while planning for a crop, securing inputs at a good price, and juggling field work around unpredictable weather. That’s why today’s most successful farmers are multi-talented entrepreneurs who have learned the value of being prepared and acting quickly to leverage in-season opportunities; thus, maximizing productivity and profitability.

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Planting and Seeding

Harness the Power of Satellite Imagery This Crop Season

Wouldn’t it be great if farmers could have an ‘eye in the sky’ that would monitor the health of their crops throughout the growing season? If everything looks good, they can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that their chance of hitting the year’s yield goals is promising. If problems are revealed, they have […]

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Flow and Application Control

Four Reasons to Track Herbicide Use on your Farm

During the busy crop season farmers are juggling many tasks, including scouting and applying pesticide to emerging crops. Half the battle is keeping track of all the information about what’s being applied where, and at what cost; the other half is managing the logistics. Factor in equipment readiness, weather conditions and labour…and things really get […]

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Planting and Seeding

Why Farmers Should Care About Clean Yield Data

Why should farmers care about clean yield data? This is a question many farmers are asking, and Devon Liss is ready with an answer. The Trimble Product Development Manager has been immersed in the world of ag technology for 14 years now, with a clear focus of finding new ways to help farmers grow profitable […]

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Planting and Seeding

In Crop Scouting, Timing is Everything

Crop scouting may just be one of the most important investments in risk management a farmer can make. It’s also one that can pay off — quite significantly. There was a time when, after seeding, farmers would come back to their fields to spray and then often not return until it was time to combine. […]

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Data Management

Turn Weather Data into Profitable In-Season Decisions

You can’t fight Mother Nature. But with the right weather and precipitation data flowing directly into your farm management software, maybe you don’t have to. Whether you have too little or too much, water plays a key role in determining the success of each crop year. Farmers today need a tool that helps them walk […]

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Data Management

How Traceability Can Increase Food Safety and Boost Farm Profits

By Minos Athanassiadis, Business Area Director – Harvestmark   When an E. coli outbreak was linked to romaine lettuce last fall, it illustrated the importance of traceability in agriculture. Without sufficient information to pinpoint the particular farm and fields where the tainted lettuce was coming from, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advised the public […]

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Guidance and Steering

How Will Autonomy Change Farming?

Since the tractor replaced the horse and buggy over a century ago, farming has continued moving towards full autonomy. With more and more machines replacing typical farming roles, it leads to the question: How will autonomy change farming?

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Industry News

Will Blockchain Transform Agriculture?

Blockchain is the latest buzzword in many business sectors today, and agriculture is no exception. A transparent and secure digital ledger system that allows two parties to conduct a transaction without the need for a trusted intermediary, blockchain captured headlines as the digital backbone of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. In recent months it has gained further […]

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Guidance and Steering

Automated End-of-Row Turns a Must for Large Potato Contractor

Ben Clappison farms over 4000 acres of potatoes on a contract basis in the United Kingdom. With the cost of planting, growing and harvesting speed potatoes averaging about £2000/acre, it is vital for his beds to be planted as accurately as possible. After a successful trial, he was happy with the results and ultimately chose the GFX-750 display system to achieve the level of accuracy he needed in his operation.

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Data Management

How to Manage Water to Maximize Yields and Drive Profits

Water is one of the biggest factors of determining crop yield on farms today. And while farmers often feel at the mercy of Mother Nature, there are many effective strategies we can leverage to help turn the tables on soil moisture problems and manage available water to hit top yields. One of the industry’s top […]

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Data Management

Where Ag Meets Climate Change…and How Farmers Are Making a Difference

The agriculture industry frequently ends up in the spotlight when it comes to climate change. And it makes sense, when you consider that globally, our food system is responsible for approximately a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to the World Economic Forum. But people need food, and producing that food comes with a […]

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Data Management

How Farmers Are Using Software to Improve Field Record Accuracy

Consumers are hungry for information about where their food came from, and experts predict the trend will continue to grow. A recent survey by the International Food Information Council, and a similar study by Nielsen, show that consumers want more information on how the food they eat was produced. They’re also more likely to choose […]

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Industry News

Trimble to Attend Thrive Innovation Summit

Wednesday, March 27th marks the 3rd annual THRIVE Innovation Summit, an event designed to showcase the latest AgTech innovations and gather the best of Ag’s industry leaders to discuss hot topics like blockchain, biotechnology, precision farming and autonomy. The Summit is held in Silicon Valley at Santa Clara University and attracts over 300 agriculture corporations, […]

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Correction Services

Enhance the Performance of Older Vehicles With Precision Ag

There comes a time in every machine’s life when, as reliable as it may be, it is not meeting all of the needs of a farm. Perhaps responsibilities need to change hands or profit margins need to be improved due to market pressure—whatever the reason, a farmer is faced with a decision. Should they retire […]

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Industry News

State of the Industry: Adoption of Precision Ag Grows as Farm Sizes Grow

Since the first auto-steer tractor was introduced in the 1990s, precision agriculture has only gained traction amongst farmers for its cost and time savings benefits — and it’s a trend that’s not likely to slow down anytime soon. Farms are generally growing in size across the globe. In the U.S., the percent of cropland on […]

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Flow and Application Control

Plug and Play with ISOBUS: What it is and how it can Help Your Operation

If you’ve invested in or researched precision technology, you’ve likely heard of ISOBUS. But what is it? Also referred to as ISO, it is the industry-standard communication protocol for ag equipment manufacturers that allows computers, vehicles and implements — regardless of their brand — to “talk” to each other. It’s what makes “plug and play” possible […]

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Flow and Application Control

Next Step in ISOBUS: Tractor Implement Management

If you’re in the market for a new tractor, especially if hay is part of your operation, you may have heard about Tractor Implement Management (TIM), also known as ISOBUS Class 3. As we discussed in the last blog post on ISOBUS, Task Controller communicates between the tractor and implement so the implement knows when […]

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Data Management

10 Helpful Tips for Tax Planning

Lock in success for 2019 with these helpful farm accounting tips.
With the new year now underway, many of us are setting goals and establishing resolutions that will set us up for success in 2019. A big part of hitting our goals, of course, is understanding what went well during the previous year, and where things could improve.

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Flow and Application Control

Working with ISOBUS: Task Controller

If you’re investing in ISOBUS, it’s likely because you want to use it for precision applications, such as variable-rate seeding or automatic section control. In order to utilize these functions, you’ll need an ISO Task Controller. As briefly discussed in our first post on ISOBUS,  Task Controller (TC) is the software that automates commands for […]

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Guidance and Steering

Trimble’s Precision-IQ Steps Forward for Today’s Farmers

Precision ag keeps getting smarter. From hardware that can track and provide insights into your in-field processes to software that can help turn data into actionable information for year-over-year improvements, the modern farm looks much different than our parents’ farms. We released Precision-IQ with three main goals: Make upgrades and the adoption of new precision […]

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Customer Story

College Uses Trimble Ag Software in Precision Ag Program

Read how one college professor is helping students learn about the precision ag technology required to be successful in today’s increasingly complex agriculture industry.

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Customer Story

Top 3 Ways Farmers Win with Trimble Ag Software

Crop advisors working with farmers who manage their operations with Trimble Ag Software have reported big financial and time savings tied directly to their farm management software. We wanted to share three of our favorite ag software benefits seen by growers over the past year, including yield, environmental, and VRT gains.

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Correction Services

8 Technology Tune-up Tips for an Efficient, Accurate Harvest

With the end of the season fast approaching, you’re probably monitoring your crops and the weather for the ideal time to get into the field and begin harvesting. While you likely know the importance of conducting a thorough inspection of your equipment before you get the combine rolling, you should also ensure your precision technology […]

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Customer Story

Vegetable Farm Reaps Benefits of Software: Customer Success Story

Learn how an Arizona-based vegetable and fruit operation, deployed a new software platform a year ago that has transformed clunky, time-consuming processes into streamlined, automated workflows that boosted productivity, improved decision-making, and empowered staff.

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Customer Story

How to Track Every Dime and Remove the Guesswork: Case Study

Learn how one farmer in Montana is leveraging Trimble’s online, mobile, and desktop software platform to turn farm data into actionable reports he uses on a daily and hourly basis to make quick decisions and adjustments that save time and drive farm profits.

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Correction Services

What Is Precision Ag?

Precision agriculture (PA) can be an intimidating topic of discussion. High-tech terms like drones, robots, sensors, geo-mapping and big data come up when discussing precision ag. Not only are those concepts misunderstood and complex, they all come with price tags—often large ones. All this complexity and expense has led to the relatively slow adoption of […]

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Data Management

Make Data-Driven Decisions That Drive Farm Profits

Ever find yourself doing a bit of guesswork when it comes to making decisions on the farm? Are you following a gut feeling one day, or doing things the way they’ve always been done the next? Find out how to track and use farm data to drive profits.

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Data Management

Unlock the Proven ROI of Ag Software

Calculating the ROI of cloud-based farm management software is a crucial step of farm management. Farmers need a way to know how the decisions they make today will impact their farm’s bottom line tomorrow, and possibly for years to come. We’re here to help with this new blog.

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Flow and Application Control

How to Use Reference Strips for Better Nitrogen Management

How much money could you be saving per acre by using reference strips? How much money are you wasting today? A simple change in your farming practices could make a major impact on your bottom line, and those farming practices all come down to better nitrogen management.

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Data Management

Stay a Step Ahead of Hail Damage

Farmers notoriously love talking about the weather. And rightly so — it impacts their livelihood. In most instances, the relationship between farmers and the weather is very one-sided. Mother Nature is the boss; she levels the judgement and farmers find themselves either reaping the benefits or salvaging the remains. However, while growers can’t influence the […]

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Data Management

Quick Tips for Using Your Phone to Manage Your Farm

This is one of the busiest seasons for farmers. You’re looking for any and all opportunities to save time. Look no further than the mobile phone in your hand! Here are some quick tips for leveraging mobile farm management and getting some hours back in your day. We know this works because farm software users […]

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Flow and Application Control

Two Important Reasons to Listen to Your Seed Monitoring System

Seed monitoring solutions have long been used by farmers in varying degrees of complexity. From the most basic of factory-installed seed monitoring technology to solutions that inform a farmer’s data management software—there are an array of systems on the market to help plant smarter.

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Precision Ag

Are Water Issues Impacting Your Yields?

Water is the scarcest nutrient in dry-land agriculture. Even if you aren’t growing in a semi-arid or sub-humid region, water is the most critical input that many farmers struggle to properly manage. All other input decisions should hinge on it.

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Data Management

How Can I Leverage Weather Data to Maximize Crop Yields?

As farmers move further and further into precision management, getting a firm grasp on the areas of their fields that are underperforming becomes vital. Often, this variability involves water. According to Elston Solberg, a Senior Agri-Coach with the AGRI-TREND network, there are two sources of water: soil water and precipitation. These two sources are equally critical […]

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Industry News

Tech Innovators Shaping the Future of Precision Agriculture

The notion that precision agriculture is angling to be the next darling in the tech solution space was only validated by the 900+ ag leaders and innovators present at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco. With bright new startups from around the world vying for their chance to disrupt one of the most mature and established industries in our economy, there was a sense that continued change and progress is absolutely in our future.

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Data Management

Need Help Setting Up Prescriptions and VRA Plans This Season?

Farming isn’t just a full-time job, it’s a lifestyle. And while technology has done a lot to transform this industry, today’s farmers need it to work simply… and to simply work. This hits especially hard as farmers are heading into planting season. To make the process easier, we’ve launched a new help video where growers […]

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Data Management

Taking Desktop Customers to the Cloud: Where Farm Data Truly Drives Profits

When I first began working in the ag software space in 1996, farmers were excited to use their desktop computers to track their field records, maps and accounting entries. Compared to a notepad and scattered pieces of paper tucked in drawers in their home office and the glove box of their pickup truck, desktop software […]

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Industry News

Reaching for Higher Yields with the Ultimate Yield Management Institute

An ag retailer in southern Saskatchewan has established the Ultimate Yield Management Institute as a way of test-driving the performance of agricultural inputs so farmers can see the results. “The reason we started is that there’s a lot of frustration from customers who have nutrition questions and there’s just not a lot of good nutrition […]

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Data Management

When to Incorporate More Precision into your Crop Management Plans

Everyone is all hyped up over precision management, and there seems to be a sense that if you’re not variable rating some or all of your inputs, you’re somehow being left behind. But as Markus Braaten, AGRI-TREND Knowledge Team Lead and Senior Agri-Coach advocates, even the decision NOT to do precision management IS a precision […]

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Correction Services

Three Things to Know About Drift in Land Forming Projects

For years, the inherent risk of running land-forming operations with GPS has been that drift is a possibility. However, the wasted time that happens with drift is far less likely than the more common delays that happen with laser technology due to factors like wind and dust. Still, downtime is still a big concern when using GPS-based systems, which have long been unable to overcome the increasing magnitude and repeated occurrence of drift.

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Data Management

5 Steps to Implementing Precision Ag on Your Farm Today

An informal review of over 150 Agri-Trend’s farm clients covering 500,000 acres of VR over the past 7 years revealed an average net return of $35 per acre. Of that $35 – $7 were savings from reduced or eliminated inputs to low producing areas and $28 were earnings from improved yields in higher producing areas […]

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Guidance and Steering

Time to Renegotiate Land Rents? Check Out These Tips

There is no shortage of experts recommending new strategies on how farmers can negotiate a good deal on land rental. I’d like to offer a more specific approach, tailored to growers who may be dealing with retired landlords or out-of-state heirs who are managing the land. In most cases of land rental negotiation, flex rents […]

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Data Management

Why Clean Yield Data is Crucial

We had a great comment/question come across our agchat from Agri-Coach Andrew Clements, co-owner of Premium Ag Solutions in the Lethbridge AB area, referring to the interpolated yield map shown in Fig 1. “I see these all the time in the crop and you can also see them in Google Earth. Now I am seeing […]

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Data Management

4 Reasons to Make Soil Sampling a Top Priority this Crop Season

Many of you are coming off a pretty tough year….either no rain when you needed it or too much rain. The first thing that likely comes to mind is “I am going to have to cut back on my expenses”. One of the first places many look is soil sampling. We would like to argue […]

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Guidance and Steering

Compliance is Coming: Be Prepared

Precision ag professionals such as Daniel Hedgecock, who runs a new Vantage dealership in North Carolina, is working hard to help growers scale their data so the system can quickly disseminate reports that will be increasingly required for compliance agencies. This means proper naming of fields, proper record keeping and proper input tracking all the way down […]

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Data Management

Secret to Success in Precision Ag? Harnessing Agronomy Expertise

  Precision Ag Expertise: Essential Piece of the Puzzle Today’s growing popularity of objective agronomic experts are gaining among growers as the go-to resources for unbiased agronomic advice. And when it comes to good precision management, farmers are using these experts to help integrate all systems — in other words, how to use the intelligence […]

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Data Management

Thrive in Volatile Times – Guaranteed Success in Precision Ag

As farmers contemplate the upcoming planting season, many are wondering how to measure the value of on-farm technology investments — especially when it comes to adopting precision ag practices. The key? Good assessment. Check out these 4 tips that will act as a great measuring stick for guiding investment decisions this crop year. Markus Braaten, […]

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Data Management

Thrive in Volatile Times – The Secret to Success in AgTech

Farmers today are under increasing pressure to produce higher yields, while soft commodity prices are forcing them to lower costs. In order to achieve this, farmers need a software platform that helps them leverage their farm data into timely decisions that save money and maximize profits on the farm. This is especially important as growers […]

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Data Management

How to Have Grain Marketing Success

Smart grain marketing can make or badly break your crop year. A farmer may have all the right agronomic strategies and technology tools to churn out impressive yields, but a lack of attention marketing that crop after harvest and into the winter months is what will ultimately guarantee success. To capture today’s best practices in […]

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Data Management

Save Money With New Ways to Manage Farm Debt

There are several options out there for farmers who need to access funds to finance a new project or assist with cashflow needs. The challenge is determining which option offers the best solution to fit your financing needs, your budget and your unique farming operation. First, let’s look at the situation from the point of […]

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Data Management

Introducing The New Precision Ag Paradigm

A 2014 survey of prairie farmers that looked at the Adoption Rate of Precision Farming Practices suggested that, “those who have actually adopted precision farming could be still termed early adopters, if not innovators.” I would argue that the survey’s creators were not asking the right questions. I believe that a large percentage of you […]

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Data Management

Use Technology on Your Farm to Cut Costs, Save Time and Drive Revenues

Farmers today are under increasing pressure to produce higher yields, while soft commodity prices are forcing them to lower costs. In order to achieve this, farmers need a software platform that helps them leverage their farm data into timely decisions that save money and maximize profits on the farm. This is especially important as growers […]

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Industry News

Precision Ag Adoption on the Rise

Recently released research results out of the agricultural economics department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has found that adoption rates among farmers of precision ag technologies is stronger than ever. “With the availability of GPS and other technologies, growers can track yields, steer and control equipment, monitor field conditions and manage inputs at precise levels […]

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Precision Ag

How to Manage Technology Integration on Your Farm

Jordan Wallace spends the better part of every working day helping growers navigate their way to technology solutions. The co-owner of GPS Ontario helps growers with the planning, evaluation and execution necessary to make precision ag work. Wallace encounters many growers who have the tools, but lack the guidance to execute. “Using some of these […]

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