Category: Software

Yes, you can build your own autonomous tractor

Many situations have two scenarios: one where a problem is looking for a technology, or the other where technology exists and is looking for a problem to solve. In the case of farming, often it’s the problem that comes first, but when it comes to autonomy, the technology has been leaps and bounds ahead of… Read more »

Profitability quest driving adoption of field data management software

More Canadian farmers believe that the need for improved profitability will prompt them to use field data management software in the future — and nearly one-quarter of non-users and current users say they are likely to adopt new software in the next three years. These are among the findings from Stratus Ag Research, in its… Read more »

Sensor brings new wavelengths to crop scanning for needs-based nitrogen

It only makes sense to apply fertilizer where it’s needed, and only where it’s needed. For a long time, agricultural machinery and technology companies have focused on achieving this goal, including German company Fritzmeier Umwelttechnik. The company’s technology, called the ISARIA Crop Sensor, uses four different wavelengths delivered with LEDs and up to 2000 measurement values per… Read more »

Picking winners and losers in the farm data race

Players are going to start dropping out of the race to be the dominant farm data platform sooner than later, says a cropping systems economist who focuses on farm data analytics at Kansas State University. Right now there are still dozens, maybe hundreds, of participants, with agronomy companies, equipment manufacturers, seed and chemical companies, tech… Read more »

The irreplaceable human element in ranching

For some, technology like autonomous tractors and unmanned aerial vehicles offer great interest; for others, the quick advancements in robotics and data are overwhelming and intimidating. Will we soon see job losses? Will human presence on farms be made obsolete? Not at all, says Christine Su, co-founder and CEO of PastureMap, a company that makes… Read more »

Putting data in the hands of dairy operators

A new software platform from Valley Agricultural Software (VAS) gives dairy producers real-time access to critical data and reporting from anywhere with an internet or cellular connection. The California-based software company unveiled its new VAS Platform at the recent World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. In this video, senior software developer James Moger explains that… Read more »

Manage your grain with confidence with OPI Blue

Farmers invest a lot to produce a crop, from before the seed hits the ground through to the harvest. With all the investment and technology that goes into producing a crop, why stop short when the grain hits the bin?  Some of the most successful farmers are using technology to ensure they have the information they… Read more »

ClimateCorp bringing its agronomic data platform to Canada

The wealth of information available to producers though digital ag platforms has created some on-farm data management issues. A survey earlier this year shows most producers are gathering agronomic data electronically, but many are not yet using that data for management purposes. Could that change, as companies try to make it easier to put data… Read more »

We can thank technology for 24% of the U.S. corn crop being planted in one week

Have you ever looked across the road at the neighbour and thought, “Man, he has a lot of equipment for the acres he farms!” I think that conversation must be happening more than we think because the USDA has reported that corn planting is 71% complete in the U.S. That’s 1% ahead of the long-term… Read more »

Survey shows gap between precision data collection and use

Precision agriculture counts on not only data collection, but also on data management as well. And while a new survey of 700 farmers across Canada shows most producers are indeed gathering agronomic data electronically, many are not yet using that data for management purposes. The survey, which took place over three weeks in November and… Read more »

SSG Fusion Puts You In Control Of Your Own Feedyard Data

Managing a feedyard used to be fairly simple. You bought the cattle, you processed the cattle, the cattle were fed, and then sold. And that process repeated itself. In 2017, this kind of lack of attention to detail is a money-losing guarantee. Collecting data and understanding what is happening in your feedyard is essential to… Read more »

Digital Farming — What Role Does Bayer Plan on Having?

Farmers and ranchers have always been interested in technology, especially if it enhances profitability. The rate of change of products and services coming to market is extremely fast. Silicon Valley and traditional agriculture businesses such as John Deere and Bayer are all trying to establish their footholds in the future of digital farming. At the… Read more »

Trimble Combining Agri-Data, Connected Farm Into Single Farm Data Platform

Trimble has announced it’s combining three of its farm software products into a single data management platform. Agri-Data Solutions will be consolidated with the Connected Farm and Farm Works Software programs to form Trimble Ag Software. The integration of Agri-Data with Connected Farm had been expected since Trimble bought Agri-Trend and its Agri-Data software in… Read more »

FieldView Platform Meshes Layers of Data into Actionable Information

Numbers and data points mean very little if they can’t be translated into information that helps cropping decisions. Software programs and services are necessary to take many sources of data and not just bring them all to one place, but also make sure the many layers of maps, data points, and images mesh. A new platform —… Read more »

Software Helps Deere Write Better Prescriptions for Farmers

John Deere continues to update its online tools to give farmers easier access to information to manage their operations. The latest updates to the John Deere Operations Center were unveiled at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in February. The Operations Center allows users to see performance over time and collaborate with partners… Read more »