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How Split Applications Are Evolving

Recently I was asked to contribute to an article Precision Ag Professional was putting together.  The point of view from the corn belt on split applications was interesting.  I was a little surprised at the implied low number of split applications being made in the corn belt since this is a well-established practice under a [...]

When Average Won’t Cut It – Variable Rate Soygreen Application

The current commodity prices have growers everywhere going through their crop budgets with a fine-toothed comb.  Finding a trusted advisor to make sure expenses are managed properly is important in this environment.  With slim margins, average isn't going to cut it in 2017.  It's going to take exceptional management during these difficult times to sustain [...]

2018-04-24T22:02:13+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Precision Agriculture|Tags: , , , , |

Precision Agriculture – Keeping It Simple

When I started with Crop Quest in 2010, the term precision agriculture was only meant for the producers who were on the cutting edge of technology. In just this short amount of time the meaning of this term has changed tremendously. Now it encompasses a wide variety of tools, and is utilized by most agricultural [...]

Are You Managing Water Efficiently?

Being from Missouri, interning with Crop Quest in Southwest Kansas was a huge change and learning experience for me, as the agriculture industry is completely different here from what I am used to! There was one thing I was all too familiar with though; water management. During my time with the Precision Ag Team, I [...]

2018-04-24T21:37:41+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Imagery, Precision Agriculture, Seasonal, Veris EC Values|Tags: , , , , |

Why The Sudden Interest In Corn Nitrogen Models?

Risk management appears to top the list of reasons. Weather causes uncertainty, which leads to questions about nitrogen movement. Nitrogen (N) losses and nitrogen use vary with the weather. Many areas this spring were wetter than normal, so growers ask where did the nitrogen go? Do I have enough N remaining in that field to [...]

Sirrus Expands Client Communications

Communication is a valuable skill that Crop Quest cultivates in our employee-owners.  As a group of consultants, we deal in information.  Our services are built around knowledge and sharing that knowledge.  So when a new tool for communicating like SST Sirrus is revealed, we do all we can to take advantage of it. When scouting, [...]

2018-06-11T21:48:20+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Precision Agriculture|Tags: , , , , |

Imagery – An Ace in the Hole!

Having an Ace up your sleeve in a card game might get your arm broke, but having one in the game of risk management might just keep you from going broke.  The Ace in the game of risk management I am referring to is in-season satellite imagery.  Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) images from satellites [...]

Early Detection Is Key

Early detection is key - that’s what we are always told by doctors. After my summer internship with Crop Quest, one thing I learned is that early detection is key in agronomy as well. Within what seems like the blink of an eye, a small issue can go from hard to find to a yield [...]

Value Depends on Perception

We all have a perception as to the value of a product or the service we receive. Sometimes there can be more value in the service than what was originally stated or perceived. This is when we have to look at the bigger picture. Crop Quest Agronomists are part of a large network that covers [...]

2018-06-11T21:53:52+00:00 August 15th, 2015|Categories: Agronomic, Precision Agriculture|Tags: , , , , |

You Can’t Buy a Miracle in a Jug

One of the most common questions we hear is: “What do you think of this fertilizer? It is supposed to increase my yield by 20 bushel.” But at what cost? Looking at some of these specialty fertilizer analyses, household well water has more nutrient value.  Now, we are not saying these products do not have [...]

Integrate and Simplify

What does it mean to offer a full service agronomy package today? In addition to traditional services such as insect scouting and irrigation scheduling, precision ag services continues to become more integrated into the package. At some point, today’s technology will likely no longer be viewed as “precision ag” but instead just another tool used [...]

2015-02-01T08:00:07+00:00 February 1st, 2015|Categories: Precision Agriculture, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

On The Flip Side

“Heads or tails?” demands the referee as the coin is tossed into the air.  Every football game begins with a choice, heads or tails. We play a similar game in agriculture.  It seems like with the flip of a coin, commodity prices are going up or coming down.  Just like in football, we have to [...]

Thriving Off Of Precision Agriculture

It isn’t a question of why would you use precision agriculture (PA) on your farm?  It’s a matter of why wouldn’t you use PA?  As Craig Koehn, Crop Quest Agronomist from Montezuma, KS sees it, utilizing precision tools can potentially save time and money on most farms. In fact, precision agriculture is becoming such a [...]

UAV Imagery – The True Big Data

Imagery, UAVs, UASs, and big data are terms that you will see in nearly every farm magazine available.  These terms have become such popular topics that they are even showing up in main stream media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.  Most articles portray UAVs and UASs as platforms for collecting [...]

2014-05-15T08:00:36+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Categories: Imagery, Precision Agriculture, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Where to Start When Searching for a Precision Path?

A question commonly asked when discussing Precision Ag (PA) is, “How is Precision Ag going to benefit my farm?”  Benefits can take many different forms depending on the precision tool and its use, from generating more money to saving time to business advancement. Attaining any of these benefits will involve setting a goal, building a [...]

2018-04-18T15:32:10+00:00 March 1st, 2014|Categories: Precision Agriculture|Tags: , , , , |