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VIDEO: Free online tool promises farm data analysis

News from Ag Days 2019: Farmers looking for data analysis without breaking the bank can look to a free, web-based software program offered by Niagara College

Niagara College has a new, free, option for farmers to turn their farm data into something usable for farm decisions.

Sarah Lepp, senior research associate with Niagara College Research and Innovation, demonstrated their Crop Portal to this year’s Ag Days audience, using real farm data.

The program processes and visualizes data ranging from yield to elevation mapping, soil test results, input rates, and other farm-related data. Field maps and numbers can then be compared to determine patterns, which producers may then use to make management decisions.

The web-based software is now open for farmers, consultants and researchers.

Watch out for more stories on data analysis and the farmer, featuring Lepp, in a future edition of the Manitoba Co-operator.

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Alexis Stockford is a journalist and photographer with the Manitoba Co-operator. She previously reported with the Morden Times and was news editor of  campus newspaper, The Omega, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She grew up on a mixed farm near Miami, Man.

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