In a recent AgPro podcast, Steve Cubbage, AgPro columnist and founder of Record Harvest, shares the key steps in using data for agronomic decisions. He shares how he defines "good data."
"It’s important data is usable, which boiled down means it can be easily and reliably understood," he says.
Cubbage gives these insights:
Just like a preflight checklist, there are key steps to good data collection.
• First, do you have the right field boundaries?
• Then, is the farmer consistently collecting data—every year? Consistent data collection is paramount.
• Also, is the yield data properly calibrated? And are you standardizing the data?
And Steve will share more at the upcoming AgTech Expo, Dec. 16 and 17 in Indianapolis.
Breakout Session: Tractor Hours: What’s Your Machinery Really Costing You?
You can measure yield. You can measure fertility. But can you measure how efficient or costly your machines really are? The answer now is yes and this session takes a look at some of the newer technologies and metrics that can finally capture and analyze machine data. Machinery costs are a huge factor in the per-acre costs of growing a crop. Find out how measuring idle time, transport time and real working time can lead to insights that can boost your bottom line.
Breakout Session: Data Survival Guide 2.0
Without good data, it’s going to be very hard to run your farm in the future. Traceability, sustainability and accountability initiatives within the industry will require data in order to even sell to certain markets, receive premiums or in some cases having the ability to even go to the field. This session will give you the 101 on how to prepare, collect and transfer data plus review what types of data is needed to satisfy the growing demands of accountability from outside forces. Find out what coming in the future when it comes to data and how you can be prepared.