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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 [...]

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 [...]

Tough Times Bring Tough Decisions

Utilize common sense and new technology to your advantage. Tough economic times tends to tighten everyone's belt, and that is when farmers need to be aware of how they separate the necessary from the unnecessary. With so many products on the market today all claiming that your crop can’t do without them, it’s difficult to [...]

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 [...]

Profitability In 2016

As growers look at 2016, many are asking, “how do we make a profit?”.  There are many ways to look at the issue.  A former mentor of mine taught me that with any business; P= I-E.  That is; profit equals income minus expenses.  Many growers look to cutting expenses in challenging times, but that may [...]

2019-01-14T21:40:14+00:00February 1st, 2016|Categories: Crop Fertilizers, Precision Ag|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 [...]

2019-01-11T22:32:49+00:00November 1st, 2014|Categories: Growing Corn (Maize), Precision Ag|Tags: , |

Utilizing Technology To Improve Yield Potential

With the high costs of crop inputs, it is vital to ensure the inputs applied are necessary and beneficial.  Yield monitor data can provide the key to determining the effectiveness and efficiency of the inputs. “Many producers have yield monitor capabilities but not all take advantage of the technology,” says Craig Koehn, Crop Quest Agronomist [...]

Does Precision Ag Pay?

“Yes is does!” exclaims Farrell Allison, Crop Quest Agronomist in the Dodge City, KS Division.  “At times, Precision Agriculture information and technology can be overwhelming but once all the pieces are together, it does pay,” he states. Allison consults on approximately 40 fields that are using some type of Precision Agriculture (PA) system. The most [...]