GPS, sensors and the cloud…. As machines get better, smarter and more tech equipped the volume of data they are producing is exponential. I remember my Dad setting us up with the straight header in the combine and saying “keep it straight” and halfway done the field having to “straighten up” so the neighbors didn't see. This year, I didn’t even have to use my hands except to turn at the ends! My sister's husband might argue that if I was driving a Case I wouldn't even have to be turning at the ends with AccuTurn.
Field mapping is just one application of big data, GPS allows for maximizing return on investment (ROI) by enabling variable rate fertilizing, accurate spraying, less overlaps and greater precision in every application. Those improvements can lead to yield optimization, and input minimization. That’s just scratching the surface of what big data is all being captured on new equipment.
Consider that there are 77 processors on a John Deere ExactEmerge planter. Those sensors can send data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in real time to power the John Deere Operations Center. Layering that data, with satellite imagery for the field over the season and yield mapping at harvest provides the opportunity to constantly learn and improve. However, big data and precision agriculture isn’t easy; in fact it’s not easy in a lot of industries.
We will work on breaking it down, helping you find tools and platforms that are easy to integrate, and explain why you may want to take a look at each. From sensor data, to simplifying your grain marketing strategy we want to bring you ideas and quick tools to help you to maximize your farms efficiency and productivity. After all, being a farm extender means you bring your unique skills to the farming operation.
In case any of what I covered here is of interest, I have hyperlinked to short YouTube videos so you can get a quick overview.
Help steer which data topics we cover first... comment below as to which data you'd like to learn more about/get more help with in extending your farm operations.
- Data from your equipment
- Futures/elevator prices
- Input costs