Sub-Field Atmospheric Monitoring: Implications for Modern Agriculture
As innovations in technology, agriculture, and science continue to progress, our need and ability to analyze sub-field atmospheric conditions is going to become increasingly important. If we want to maximize operations at the field gate, we need to better understand the various sub-field interactions that occur throughout the growing season. What micro-environments develop across a field when it comes to factors like dew point or humidity? How do those affect crop development and progression? Does that interaction change as the plant matures? We can better assess the answers to these questions, and hopefully more, by bettering our ability to gather and analyze atmospheric data on a local scale.
Advanced Agrilytics is continually collecting data from the over 200k acres we help growers manage. As a science based company, we continue to explore our data in an effort to discover new solutions and test our hypotheses. We were recently approached by a local Ag tire supplier about how yield may be impacted by planter configurations. While most planters still run on the wheels they come with from the factory, many growers are now purchasing after-market track kits in place of the center frame tires. Does the use of a track planter vs a wheeled planter impact yield? Through data analysis we learned the answer was yes, but not for the reason we expected.
Imagine, for a moment, that you’re a doctor. You have three patients—one with a headache, one with a broken arm, and one with a terminal illness, all in need of care. You give all three of them aspirin, and nothing more. Does it help their conditions? Maybe it alleviates some symptoms, but you don’t know how much it helped, or why it helped, and it certainly wasn’t the best treatment possible for all the conditions. The pain may have gone away, but illnesses remain.
Multi-Hybrid and Variable Rate Seeding: Benefits and Technologies
From corn to wheat to soybeans, a hybrid seed exists to suit most growing conditions. But I find that growers aren’t simply concerned about whether or not crops will grow in their soil—they want real results. They want their crops to flourish and produce the highest yield possible.
Imagine yourself walking across a field. With every step you take, your foot falls on a different patch of earth. It all looks the same, but it isn’t. One step might be on fertile ground, the other on a patch where nutrients are needed. You can’t just look at the land and know what it needs to make seeds grow better.
Traited Corn Hybrids – Is There Risk of Unintended Pest Consequences?
The economic and environmental benefits of traited hybrids, also referred to as “GMO corn” have been significant. In my opinion, those benefits have not been fully assessed or appreciated in the non-agricultural community. Not only can traited hybrids bring us greater yields to satisfy the demands of the world population,