Mike Manning at Premier Crop Systems is a presenter at the upcoming AgTech Expo, Dec. 16 to 17 in Indianapolis and on the AgPro podcast he shared some ways farmers and their trusted advisers can optimize technology today.
“Really, in the last 10 years, we’ve been able to manage the variability we’ve been measuring for more than 20 years. Some of this is basic, such as spatial soil samples,” he says. “But now, we can encourage farmers to pay attention to good data management and collect good yield data. As we understand variability, then we can apply what we know in variable-rate practices to fine-tune management.”
Mike answers a big question---what we can learn from 2019 to improve our agronomic management.
“The most common insight is how can we refine and make better management decisions on the farm from a systems-based approach,” he says. “What I really see as the key to learning from 2019 is going to be focusing on profitability.”
He says farmers and their advisers need to sharpen their focus on in-field variability and using precision ag tools. He says the biggest opportunities will be from more precise management of in-season decisions.