At the 2011 Corn College Isaac Ferrie taught farmers the new way to manage their field data.
“Remote data management has new options not available before,” he says. “With new monitors and new equipment, farmers can transfer data from their desktop to the tractor cab and transfer back again.”
Farmers can send prescription maps to the field and then wirelessly transmit as-applied maps back to the office.
This technology is streamlining information.
“In general, data management is very difficult,” Ferrie says. “It’s hard to get the cards downloaded, and get the right files on your computer.”
Today’s systems also allow the data to be sent from the field to more than one office including the farmer’s desktop, the ag retailer and the consultant.
“Farmers are managing layers of data for each field and years upon years of data,” Ferrie says. “Every year, it gets bigger and bigger, and we see another platform being able to help farmers—smart phones. Having the data at your office is one thing, but smart phones can put it at your fingertips.”
Smart phone apps are available for field records and data management.
“You could see what the variety was in a field last year, was a fungicide applied, and more,” Ferrie explains. “Using your smart phone and purchasing a data plan or app is just a small step when you’ve already taken 15 huge steps in collecting data.”
As for payback, Ferrie says collecting good data and streamlining your efforts will provide the biggest bang for your buck. Making the data easily accessible will mean you’ll use the data more than just once a year after harvest.
Make Plans to Attend these Upcoming Corn College Events
Can’t make it to one of the Illinois Corn Colleges? Check these out.
Soybean College: Aug. 1 to 2., Coldwater, Mich.
With a large focus on in-field diagnostics, let Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer teach you the secrets to soybean production. This event will focus on fundamentals, soybean growth and take-home knowledge of how to raise better beans. World-record soybean yield farmer Kip Cullers will present a special breakout session. Click here to register
Corn College “Fundamentals”: Aug. 3 to 4, Coldwater, Mich.
The Farm Journal Corn College Fundamentals session provides practical, hands-on training to help corn growers advance their production skills, increase yields and improve their profitability. This session is geared for the first-time Corn College attendee and will provide them with the core knowledge of how to use the Systems Approach on their farm. Click here to register