Tech Journal: Make Precision Decisions, Keep Data Private

November 3, 2017 02:13 PM

Make Precision Decisions, Keep Data Private

Thanks to an innovative online tool developed by a professor from Purdue University, farmers can now process data collected from their fields without requiring them to share it with third-party companies. The Purdue Agricultural Data Engine (PADE) does not require users to log in or identify themselves or their farms. Users upload data to create bar charts, scatter plots and maps to visualize the data. One function allows a user to draw shapes on a farm image to indicate areas with special varieties or nutrient treatments and reveal area-related information such as yields. A user also can obtain data from the Soil Data Access portal of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and historical weather information from the National Weather Service to learn how soil variability, temperature and precipitation affect their soils or crops. Once users have created maps or manipulated data, they can download all of it to their computers. PADE, which is free to use, is available at

Climate Corporation Partners with AGCO

Farmers who run AGCO equipment now have the option to connect with Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView platform. There are three ways to connect to the FieldView platform: through the FieldView Drive device, AGCO’s Precision Planting 20/20 SeedSense display or application program interfaces. The connection provides real-time visualization of farm data and access to a platform where customers can compare data. Certain AGCO machines will be FieldView ready from the factory in 2018. For more details, visit

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