Free Resources for Next-Level Data

September 27, 2018 02:13 PM
Universities offer six webinars to help increase your farm’s efficiency

The Ag Data Literacy Series, a sequence of videos to help farmers better use data, is now available through The Ohio State University’s precision agriculture program. The series is sponsored by the United Soybean Board and is available for free on YouTube.

The resource is a collection of webinars featuring recommendations on how to get started or improve your operation at every step of data integration. It focuses on real tips farmers can put into practice and each segment is about five minutes long.

The partnership between The Ohio State University, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, Purdue University and University of Nebraska Lincoln has a goal of providing growers with resources to inform their decision-making on the farm.

“When we’re thinking about data, I think that it’s nice to think about data as a tool,” says Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins, a field specialist at The Ohio State University. “If you use it correctly, data has the potential to provide insights to improve your farm management.”

The topics included span what Trey Colley, research associate at the Ohio State University, calls the “six core pillars of agricultural data.” Each pillar is presented by a data expert from one of the featured universities.

These pillars are:

  • Data fundamentals
  • Data sources
  • Data management
  • Legal aspects of data
  • Data integrity
  • Data utilization

Dr. John Fulton, associate professor at The Ohio State University, says that with improved internet connectivity and cloud technology available, it’s important to capitalize on your ability to increase farm data utilization.

“There are still hurdles in the industry and the primary one being compatibility, but ultimately in order to take full advantage of data today, we need to be able to store it,” says Dr. John Fulton, associate professor at The Ohio State University. “It should be organized, and that helps with both the utilization but also sharing.”

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