Precision Pays Podcast: The Big Data revolution

pp-podcast“Big Data” is one of the hottest topics at just about any farm meeting.  Some of the questions that surround its use focus on who owns it and how it should be used.

Data editor for The Economist Ken Cukier says as technology advances farmers are able to monitor their farms more efficiently and effectively.  But there are questions remains – how should that data be shared?

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll hear one expert’s thoughts on the “Big Data” revolution.

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Precision Pays Podcast: The more you know

pp-podcastPart of the beauty of trade shows is checking out all the new technologies that are available for your farm.  The tough part – is figuring out which ones can actually provide a return on investment.  I caught up with Indiana farmer Mike Beard this week at Commodity Classic to find out about some of the “things” he was checking out.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll find out what technologies piqued the Indiana farmer’s interest and what farmers are talking about at Commodity Classic this week.

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Precision Pays Podcast: Know your soils

pp-podcastKnowing your soils could be the difference between an average crop and a bumper crop.  Neal Kinsey,  a soil fertility specialist from Charleston, Missouri says sometimes the problem isn’t that there aren’t enough nutrients – but there are too many.  And that could restrict a crop’s yield.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll take a look at why soil testing is one of the tools you should be using on your farm.

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Precision Pays Podcast: Looking ahead to 2014

pp-podcastAs we head into 2014 all indications show that farmers won’t see the record high prices they’ve been experiencing in recent years.

David Lynn, senior vice-president of financial services for Farm Credit Mid-America says that will change how farmers plan for the coming years.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll take a look at what could be in store for farmers as we head into 2014 and why producing more efficiently could benefit profit margins.

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Precision Pays Podcast: A new driver for demand

pp-podcastFor the first time in history – income will have a greater influence on food security than population.  During the Taming Agricultural Risks meeting at the Chicago Federal Reserve, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Dr. Mike Boehlje said growth in terms of incomes is critical to the long-term growth of agriculture.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll take a look at why income growth is important to agriculture, and ultimately the technology that’s used to make farmer produce more efficiently.

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Precision Pays Podcast: Why technology is a good thing

pp-podcastBig farms or small farms?  Does using technology in agriculture mean its bad?  These are just some of the questions consumers are trying to find answers to when it comes to agriculture and food production.

During the recent Food Dialogues event in Boston, there were a lot of different types of farming operations represented – but the one common theme that came from the farmer panelist was that all types of agriculture are needed to continue to feed and fuel the world.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll find out why using technology in agriculture is okay and how the industry is working to help consumers understand that.

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Precision Pays Podcast: The future of corn planting

pp-podcastOver a year ago we talked about a new technology that would allow growers to plant offensive and defensive corn hybrids within the same field.  Last year Jason Webster with Beck’s Hybrids planted his first field with the Variable Hybrid Planter.  This year he has more trials and more acres.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology we’ll find out what they learned from last year and what he’s doing to make farmers excited about the future of agricultural technologies like this one.

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Precision Pays Podcast: New old technologies

pp-podcastWhat was once considered old is now becoming popular again.  Cameron Mills is a Beck’s Hybrids seed dealer and farms in Indiana.  Earlier this month he was presenting at Becknology Days in Atlanta, Ind.  He says farmers are looking for ways to carry over nutrients in the soil.  One of the best ways to do that, he says, is by utilizing cover crops.

In this Precision Pays Podcast we’ll look at one of those “older technologies” that is making a comeback.

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Precision Pays Podcast: Ag Apps

pp-podcastApps on our smartphones and tablets make our lives much simpler.  Brian Arnall is the precision nutrient management extension specialist for Oklahoma State.  Earlier this month he presented at the 2013 InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture.  Arnall’s presentation focused on agricultural applications. 

In this Precision Pays Podcast we’ll find out what makes an agricultural app great.

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Precision Pays Podcast: What about drones?

pp-podcastThe use of drones in agriculture is still being questioned. 

Dr. Kevin Price with the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy presented at last week’s IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference in Altoona, Iowa.  He says with the new technologies that are available, unmanned aircraft systems are going to be highly beneficial in the agriculture industry.  It will allow those that are using the drones to scout fields, check on livestock, and perform other agricultural applications.

In this Precision Pays Podcast we sit down with Dr. Kevin Price and learn more about how drones can be used in various ways related to agriculture.

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Precision Pays Podcast: The future of crop scouting

pp-podcastiPads are becoming a great tool for scouting fields.  Purdue Extension has recently released their Corn and Soybean Field Guide in an interactive app format.  Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist says the app makes it easier for a farmer to diagnose problems in the field because of the in-depth resources available at their fingertips.

In this Precision Pays Podcast we’ll talk to Kevin Smith – part of the apps development team about how the app can better assist farmers and crop professionals in the field.

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Precision Pays Podcast: Adaptive nitrogen management

pp-podcastWhat if there was a way to know if too much nitrogen is applied one year or not enough the next year – before the application is ever made?

Cornell University professor of soil science Harold van Es says by utilizing adaptive nitrogen management they’re trying to account for the many factors that influence how much nitrogen a corn crop will actually need.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll talk to Harold van Es of Cornell University about Adapt-N.

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Precision Pays Podcast: The future of “pharming”

pp-podcastCystic Fibrosis is a disease that critically affects the lungs, the pancreas, the liver, and the intestines. 

Iowa farmer Bill Horan and his brother Joe have been growing crops that have been genetically altered to produce the proteins used by pharmaceutical companies to treat diseases.  One of those is canine lipase that is used in one of the pharmaceuticals used to treat Cystic Fibrosis.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll talk to Iowa farmer Bill Horan and take a closer look at the future of “pharming”. 

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Precision Pays Podcast: The Great American Wheat Harvest

pp-podcastCustom harvesters are big users of precision technologies.  An upcoming documentary is now in production that will follow custom harvesters and show how wheat goes from the field to the bread on your dinner table. 

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll take a closer look at the new documentary by Conrad Weaver, The Great American Wheat Harvest

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Precision Pays Podcast: The need for high speed

I live in suburbia.  High speed internet is an after thought for me and sadly it is something I take for granted.  For those that live in rural America – it is a struggle.  In some places – dial-up is still the only option available.  As the technologies that we use on the farm continue to advance  - dial-up doesn’t cut it anymore and our need for high-speed internet increases.

In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, Brian McIntyre, VP Broadband for dishNET talks about how they are working to provide rural America with broadband internet.

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