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Toy or tool? Drones might be cool — but what can you actually do with one on the farm?

How to get drones into fields, doing useful work

The value of the tech has often been oversold, despite potential for useful applications on farms

For some ag-tech enthusiasts both here and abroad, realizing the full potential of drones on farms and ranches requires a better overall understanding of the technology’s limitations in agricultural systems, as well as less marketing misdirection. The financial and time commitments required to accrue, process, and act on drone-derived data has been a significant barrier

Satellite imagery is one level of data that most digital crop tools use.

Picking the right digital tool for your farm

Have specific goals in mind – and be prepared to make new ones

Glacier FarmMedia – There are a lot of digital farm management tools out there. Which one should you buy into? Why it matters: The number and capability of agronomic and farm business management tools is large and diverse, but they cost money. Knowing which best matches your goals and farm brings a better return on

Farmers Edge CEO Wade Barnes says the company’s agriculture roots make it a better fit for the agriculture sector than Silicon Valley companies that are jumping in now.

The great disruptor

Wade Barnes is straddling the digital/agriculture divide — and reimagining agronomy

Wade Barnes says he knows what the agronomy of tomorrow looks like. It’s a proactive system that uses data to model crop development, helping farmers make decisions every step of the way. The power of data analytics will fuel every step, from what variety to plant based on soil moisture, disease and pest pressure and

You need to look closely but this still from a Blue River Technology video shows “robotic nozzles” drenching a weed with a herbicide while leaving the adjacent cotton plants untouched.

Farm automation just over the horizon

The earliest models are already here and the future is closer than you think

Glacier FarmMedia – Just picture it: You’ve been watching your crop get rained on all week from your kitchen window, and it’s about time to do some crop scouting to see if you need to spray. But your farm is way ahead of you. Soil sensors have been monitoring moisture levels, and they’ve already called

Data can help farmers make better decisions, but collecting that data has to be part of a plan.

Making the most of ag data collection

Planning ahead and knowing what you’re trying to capture will set the stage for next season

Analyzing the kind of growing season they’ve had has always been an important way for farmers to continually improve their operations. This could be as simple as documenting yield data and for many farmers, that may still be all they are doing. But as we move into a more precision-based agriculture, the more data points

Farms collect a large volume of data these days and this data
is expected to grow exponentially in the near future.

Artificial intelligence plays critical role in precision agriculture

Greater adoption means creating new technology alongside farmers

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in agriculture continue to grow, driven by the increased demands of precision farming. This growth is due to increasing demand for agriculture produce, real-time livestock monitoring, and the need for enhanced decision-making to optimize farm management. Other factors contributing to the rising interest in precision farming solutions are growing food demand and government assistance to farmers. India, for

Climate Corp. has launched a new tool within its web-based field management system.

FieldView getting into the zone on crop protection

Climate FieldView has expanded its scope of zone-based variable-rate mapping from seed and fertilizer to crop protection products

Climate Corporation argues that every spray droplet should land where it’s going to do the farmer the most good, and it says new features of its Climate FieldView management system are letting producers do exactly that. The company has launched a new tool within the web-based field management system; one that allows the producer to create customized variable-rate

Xarvio Field Manager goes mobile

Xarvio Field Manager goes mobile

Field Manager was web based only until recently. Now the company has gone app based

BASF’s digital branch, Xarvio Digital Farming Solutions, is putting more and more of its services in the palm of the hand. Farmers may already be familiar with Xarvio’s Field Manager, previously launched as a web-based service for collecting, analyzing and making data-driven decisions at the field level. Now, however, the company wants to make that

This example from one of the Ag in Motion fields combines an electroconductivity map, with an elevation and water map, and a topography map.  Together these layers produce the SWAT map.

Bringing agronomy into high resolution

High-resolution agronomy is looking for the fine print in what field conditions are telling the farmer

Producers are always looking for the best way to maximize their return on investment and the big brains of the agricultural industry are doing everything they can to make that proposition easier and easier. To that end, a growing trend in agriculture is concerned with pinpointing and targeting smaller areas of a field to more

Crop scouting still requires boots on the ground

Crop scouting still requires boots on the ground

Imagery helps identify problem areas, but it doesn’t replace the need for field visits

Farmers have access to an expanding range of eyes in the sky to monitor their crops, but high-tech aids are not a replacement for boots on the ground, says Matt Fagnou, manager of Precision Ag/Echelon Canada. “Imagery can guide to where to scout and sample but there’s still no replacement for us being in the