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This is the show for people who leverage the latest in technology to solve agronomic problems. If you’re interested in on-farm application of precision ag technology, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready as we unpack the insights and experiences of the agronomic minds leading our industry forward.

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This is the show for people who leverage the latest in technology to solve agronomic problems. If you’re interested in on-farm application of precision ag technology, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready as we unpack the insights and experiences of the agronomic minds leading our industry forward.

    Landon Friesen on Finding Practical Technologies for the Farm

    Landon Friesen on Finding Practical Technologies for the Farm

    Alberta farmer Landon Friesen runs Southman Ag Ventures in Crystal City, Manitoba. He farms canola, wheat, edible beans, sunflowers, and flax with his dad and brother. In this episode, he joins the show to talk about his journey into precision agriculture, how he’s using drones, what he’s looking for in new technology.
    “(Our grandfathers) didn't farm with technology. I can just imagine how annoyed they'd be with us to see a tractor worth $500,000 sitting on the edge of the field as we're waiting for it to reboot the monitor so we can drive in a straight line or, you know, do these applications…So I always think about that when we think of efficiency and keeping moving and will this technology make my farm more efficient? Will it help? Or is it just going to cause me problems and delays?”
    - Landon Friesen, Southman Ag Ventures in Crystal City, Manitoba


    On Today’s Episode:
    1:53 - Learn what was Landon’s personal journey that led him back to the family farm
    2:49 - Discover how he has made drone technology pay for itself on his operation
    5:26 - Hear about how much training is involved in becoming proficient at piloting a drone.
    6:07 - Explore Landon’s introduction to technology and his preferences for new technology going forward
    8:12 - Discover what technology was not as successful as others on the Southman Ag Ventures operation
    9:02 - Learn about how the use of data has always been important on their operation and how the new tools in technology are facilitating that all the more now
    9:24 - Hear about how Landon was first introduced to variable rate technology and the process he took to integrating it in his system with https://www.swatmaps.com (SWAT MAPS)
    16:37 - Landon identifies where his water was accumulating and what he could do with his equipment to help it flow more efficiently
    19:18 - Learn about what Landon feels would be the best technology going forward
    20:39 - Explore the value in tissue testing and the benefits Southman Ag Ventures have found with the additional testing
    22:51 - Hear about where Landon goes to learn about new farming techniques and to improve his practices


    Follow Landon Friesen on Twitter https://twitter.com/landon707 (@Landon707)


    Make sure you subscribe to this show on your podcast platform of choice. You’ll find the SWAT Agronomy Podcast on all of them: iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc.
    If you have a question you want answered on a future episode, send it to us on Twitter using the hashtaghttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1tS63ekYkdHd1uOk5e5pyJak-rRrh5jTbp28qxcdPOvU/edit#SWATAgronomy ( #SWATAgronomy).
    The SWAT Agronomy Podcast is brought to you byhttps://www.swatmaps.com/ ( SWAT MAPS), and hosted byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/timhammerich/ ( Tim Hammerich).

    • 24 min
    SWAT 003: Josh Messer: Don't Accept the Status Quo

    SWAT 003: Josh Messer: Don't Accept the Status Quo

    Today on the SWAT Agronomy Podcast Tim interviews Josh Messer, a certified crop advisor with AgIntel Agronomy Consulting. Josh grew up on a farm in North Dakota and started his career in ag retail. After taking a national agronomy role, he missed the one-on-one interactions with growers, so he started AgIntel a few years ago.
    “We don't have to accept the status quo for what it is. Start gathering information and start questioning whether or not what we've been told for years and years is actually the right answer. Collect your own data, validate it. In some situations it may be the right answer, but it's not in all.”
    - Josh Messer, Certified Crop Advisor with AgIntel Agronomy Consulting in North Dakota
    Josh Messer goes on to share about his independent agronomy consulting business. We talk about how he tries to thread the needle between agronomics, economics, equipment, and soil health with his farmer customers. We discuss everything from strip tillage to management zones to his technology stack to even a tangent into soybean phytohormones, and everywhere in between.


    On Today’s Episode:


    1:43 - What is your approach to agronomic consulting?


    3:31 - Can you give us an example of adjustments you might recommend? What type of equipment modifications would need to happen?


    5:32 - How do you determine the potential ROI an adjustment might have for a grower?


    8:54 - Do you address one problem at a time? How do you decide what to attack and when?


    9:46 - Why didn’t you like zoning imagery prior to SWAT maps?


    11:53 - What do you do to get baseline data? After getting a SWAT map, what else will you do to get started?


    12:58 - What is your process as far as the technology you use to get started?


    15:19 - What data do you turn to to try to determine where the bottleneck is in production?


    18:46 - How do you grow your business while still providing the level of service for the standard you’ve already set?


    21:12 - How much more can new technology grow your business?


    23:08 - Do you work with irrigated acres as well?


    24:58 - If you were to get on a soap box in a room full of fellow agronomists, what topics would be important to talk about?


    26:54 - Do you run on farm trials throughout the growing season when looking at new products for your growers?


    28:14 - If you’re given the opportunity to go back and farm full-time, is it something that you can see yourself doing?
    Make sure you subscribe to this show on your podcast platform of choice. You’ll find the SWAT Agronomy Podcast on all of them: iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc.
    If you have a question you want answered on a future episode, send it to us on Twitter using the hashtaghttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1tS63ekYkdHd1uOk5e5pyJak-rRrh5jTbp28qxcdPOvU/edit#SWATAgronomy ( #SWATAgronomy).


    The SWAT Agronomy Podcast is brought to you byhttps://www.swatmaps.com/ ( SWAT MAPS), and hosted byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/timhammerich/ ( Tim Hammerich).

    • 29 min

    SWAT 001: Cory Willness Answers Your Questions

    SWAT 001: Cory Willness Answers Your Questions

    On today’s episode, Tim sits down with Cory Willness, President of https://www.croppro.ca/ (CropPro Consulting) and https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic/ (Croptimistic Technology). To make sure the questions were relevant, they were sourced from social media on topics such as precision agriculture, SWAT MAPS,
    “If people just say this area didn't provide profit, they start abandoning it. And it's not always the right thing to do. That area might've needed more care, right? It might've needed more fertilizer. You just don't want to jump to conclusions with the profit map.” - Cory Willness, President of https://www.croppro.ca (CropPro Consulting) and https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic (Croptimistic Technologies)
    Instead of asking Cory the same old typical podcast questions, we solicited most of these questions on social media. We cover a range of topics including: what the best approaches are to creating zones, the difference between SWAT MAPS, intensive grid sampling, barriers to variable rate technology adoption, the concept of profitability maps and several others.


    On Today’s Episode:
    04:02 - What are the best methods or approaches to creating zones?


    07:30 - What are the pros and cons to SWAT Maps versus intensive grid soil sampling?


    10:32 - What are the other primary barriers to adoption of a variable rate technology in general?


    11:47 - What are the best widgets or after-market for data collection on sprayers and combines?


    15:22 - How much water/pesticide/fertilizer can we actually save with precision ag technology?


    Make sure you subscribe to this show on your podcast platform of choice. You’ll find the SWAT Agronomy Podcast on all of them: iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc.
    Tune in for part two with Cory to hear more interesting questions about precision agriculture technology. If you have a question you want answered on a future episode, send it to us on Twitter using the hashtag https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tS63ekYkdHd1uOk5e5pyJak-rRrh5jTbp28qxcdPOvU/edit#SWATAgronomy (#SWATAgronomy).




    The SWAT Agronomy Podcast is brought to you by https://www.swatmaps.com/ (SWAT MAPS), and hosted by https://www.linkedin.com/in/timhammerich/ (Tim Hammerich).

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