Agronomy Geeks, The Western Canadian Edition —Ep.6: Practical Applications of Precision Farming

If you’ve got a GPS-equipped yield monitor in your combine, I have good news. You’re already well on your way to developing a practical precision farming plan for your farm. Well of course I am, you say. But, if we’re all being very honest here, what do you actually do with that yield map beyond take a look at the highest producing areas and the lowest and highest yields? For many farmers, data is being collected and maybe even some analysis happens of the year, but how many are actually using that data to begin challenging their current farming practices? How many of you hear the term “on-farm field trial” and think statistics, extra work and a bogged-down seeding season? If you do, you’re not alone, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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In this episode of the Agronomy Geeks podcast, I get just a wee bit ranty about tightening canola rotations, but manage to use my powers for good instead of evil, mostly thanks to Stuart Lawrence, farmer and AgLeader Technology rep, whose recent presentation at CropSphere ’14 is the perfect example of what farmers need to be doing to ensure that their farming practices are, in fact, best for their exact farm.

Lawrence lays out two examples of how he’s using yield maps to ask questions of their farming practices, trying and determine what is holding back yield or what is contributing to it. In the audio interview below, Lawrence explains how very simple comparisons have led to some stunning realizations on their farm, and how those discoveries have changed one cropping practice dramatically.

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