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 a chance to work with their trusted advisors to act fast — knowing exactly where to investigate gives quick, cost-effective remedies great odds.Read More
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 attention as businesses explore ways to leverage blockchain technology to save money, improve transparency and reduce human error.
As technology pundits speculate on how blockchain will be a game-changer, business leaders are looking for ways to tap into the technology.
“I’m very excited about this,” says Prakash Iyer, Senior Vice President of Software Architecture and Strategy with Trimble Inc. “It’s going to define a whole new paradigm of building applications — not just blockchain applications, but how you apply blockchain to transactional applications, settlement applications or food traceability applications.”
Iyer is leading the charge at Trimble to identify key ways that blockchain can be incorporated into various aspects of the global technology company, which develops transformational technology for sectors such as construction, geospatial, transportation and agriculture.
He says the real opportunity lies in early development of global industry standards that will guide the long-term adoption of blockchain.
“The way blockchain evolved, there’s really no agreed-upon standard,” Iyer explains. “We could play a leading role by helping to define that standard. It’s about showing thought leadership — because this is not just a technology play, it’s more of a business play, and a collaborative business play.”
The goal would be to create an ecosystem with key industry leaders, including customers and business partners both inside and outside the Trimble fold, to identify challenges and set industry standards.
“Our success will be defined by how well we can collaborate and create that ecosystem of players and bring those people together.”
In addition to leading industry collaboration and standardization around blockchain, Iyer identified two other key areas of focus:Read More
We all know 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.Read More
FIRST, WHAT IS YIELD DATA?
Yield monitoring equipment was introduced in the early 1990s and is increasingly considered a conventional practice in modern agriculture. The pioneers of precision agriculture already have several years of yield history and have examined different ways of interpreting and processing these data.Read More
Precision ag and environmental sustainability have always been inextricably linked, according to Dr. Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.Read More
The proliferation of precision ag practices across North America 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? Our experts outline the pros and cons of each... and uncover some surprising middle ground along the way.Read More
Ready to get into the zone? First, let's take a clear look at the difference between soil sampling by grid vs by zone. Grid management is built around soil test data. A field is divided into, say, 5-acre squares and a soil sample is taken from the centre of each.Read More
It turns out, soil sampling is gaining popularity. According to Clint Nester, an agronomist with Nester Ag, which manages over 150,000 acres in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, the proliferation of precision ag will lead to growth in zone sampling going forward.Read More
FARMING WITHOUT GOOD YIELD DATA IS LIKE GOING TO SCHOOL WITHOUT GETTING A REPORT CARD.
“Yield data is one of the most important pieces of data we need to make decisions,” says Jordan Wallace, co-owner of GPS Ontario and Trimble Reseller. “I can use all these different materials or solutions but if I don’t know what my report card says at the end of the year, you can’t use the information to make decisions.”Read More
IS YIELD DATA USELESS IF YOUR EQUIPMENT ISN’T PROPERLY CALIBRATED?
This is a common myth, but surely there’s always a bit of truth underlying every popular myth.Read More