Ag PhD: Name Drops in Emerging Ag Tech


Thank you to all of the attendees who made our first AgPhD as exhibitors a great experience.

Today we had the opportunity to speak about new and emerging technologies, and how they might impact our farms in the next 3-7 years. In case you missed any of the companies or apps that we referenced, you can check out the links below.

AgroCares Nutrient Scanner

Climate Field View

Decisive Farming

Farm Bucks

Farm Dog

Farmers Edge

Greentronics Rite Trace

John Deere Operations Center

Precision AI


Yield 360 soil scan

If you have another tech tool that has been valuable to your farming operation, we would love to hear about it.

Farmer Friday

Our parents neighbour, Gary Hamm let us do some drone footage as he was in making corn silage. It was fun to see from above, so hope you enjoy something a little different for Farm Femmes.

It was also pretty cool to listen to our Dad (Wes) on AgPhD last Friday for FarmerFriday, so here is the link if you’d like to listen. :)

If you don’t have Sirius XM to listen to AgPhD every day, they do post their radio show on Sound Cloud. Here is a link in case you want to be able to listen & download episodes to listen to while you are doing fall work.

Winner Winner!

Last year at Ag PhD Field Day I entered a number of draws at various booths and displays.  Based on the title of this post, you can guess that I got lucky in one of these drawings.  Karissa from Dow AgroSciences called me to let me know that I won a quad sprayer.  We made a few modifications so that it can be used with my Polaris Ranger and put it to work this year.  

Thanks to Dow AgroSciences and Ag PhD Field Day - see you again in a few days!

More new farm technologies

Several hundred people took in the Ag PhD New Technologies Clinic in Baltic SD last week – our parents included.  Karen and I asked for their top three take-aways.  Although they tried really hard, they only narrowed it down to four!  In no specific order, here are the four things that stood out for our parents:

1.       Drones – uses and accuracy

Drones could be used to help agronomy through use with satellite imagery.  However, drones could also be deployed for other tasks like delivering parts, or even meals, to the field.  (I would like to think that my presence is also a nice touch when I bring meals to the field, but I guess time will tell!  If the drone makes the meal too, then I'm sold!)

2.       Sensor technology – in ground moisture reading/irrigation water quality

Interestingly, both Marcel and our parents identified sensor technology as a place for major opportunity for advancements.  Each sighted different examples, and each acknowledging that this is the tip of the iceberg of examples.  SmartFirmer  Camso Smart Track

3.       Autonomous technology

Autonomous technology could have a huge impact on semi-trailers, but also on in-field applications for tractors.  Although the technology is not perfect, yet, it will soon outperform humans and is a technology that is set up to be scalable.

4.       Soil testing/tissue testing

Technology will only help farmers advance the use of soil and tissue testing, as the tests can be more timely and results more able to help farmers adapt what they are doing in the now.  This would allow farmers to make growing-season decisions and adaptations, rather than waiting until harvest data is collected to make predictions and decisions for the next growing season.


When talking to Marcel and our parents and reading the booklet from the clinic, there were a few things that stood out:

  • The focus is moving from the general to the specific (field level to plant level; from all growers to specific growers).  Technology will be able to help us move from average to individual. 
  • Farmers are innovators and there is an excitement in the air when we think about ways to continue to make advances in agriculture.
  • Continuing to learn and grow in one area of our lives helps us to be more open to learning and growing in other areas too!

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

It's presentation day @ the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence!  One of my favorite videos is today's because I just read this fun stat in the January, 2018 issue of Canola Digest that only 15% of farmers are using precision agriculture.  

This video shows how Deer Creek Farms of Morden, Manitoba got started in Precision Agriculture, and the results it had on the 2017 Canola harvest.  If you enjoy the video, please share it on Facebook or Twitter.  If you have your own precision ag story that you'd be willing to share with us please comment below or send us an e-mail.