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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.

SWAT Agronomy Croptimistic Technology Inc.

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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.

    SWAT 010: Rob Swieter on Zone Management and ServiTech's Partnership with SWAT MAPS

    SWAT 010: Rob Swieter on Zone Management and ServiTech's Partnership with SWAT MAPS

    https://servitech.com (ServiTech)’s Rob Swieter joins the show to talk about their new partnership with https://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/aclk?sa=Landai=CiMiP91-NYquqAabavdMPic2asAr0kqeRZtyn16vZDeXu3qTlCwgAEAEguVRgyabwh-yj2BegAbmFjcUByAEBqQLilpDJYjGqPsgD2CCqBGxP0BxpfS3DpLMXwBktCcLXlA7cbN_tDmOKOrH3dZ9mzaEhubMvDQ8yPRBwvx7bEdJ35ob_V0nrNwNg1ndKdVumUCY2wQ1o09gZ3933Dptm0QW16FYcEtwUqTc9hI0kwuTAXndhUIoDxMHUFz3ABNPihujZA4AFkE6IBZLet_QyoAZRgAev-vK6AogHAZAHAagHpr4bqAe5mrECqAfz0RuoB-7SG6gH_5yxAqgHytwbqAfYprECoAjhj6cEsAgB0ggMEAIghAEyAoJAOgEAmgkiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3dhdG1hcHMuY29tL3N3YXQtbWFwc7EJbSFPgpkjFRu5CW0hT4KZIxUb-AkBigodaHR0cDovL3N3YXRtYXBzLmNvbS9zd2F0LW1hcHOYCwHgCwGqDAIIAbgMAegMBoIUDQgCEglzd2F0IG1hcHPQFQH4FgGAFwGSFwgSBggBEAMYJAandae=2andved=2ahUKEwiyvLKsm_n3AhUdIzQIHd8HDmkQ0Qx6BAgCEAEanddct=1andcid=CAASFORouGfX9wBY20ETe-6zrnMztyMganddblrd=1andsival=AF15MEDFcz9M3RP0atNP8pUoA_4wMjpZ8oYjtXCAfrS2Tic406B7DiqCWJU60dCbBJJyryPPdK9zTM9z1sCaiSG8pRI-dJUfRsJwlCk2UC3tHJiYmH8MmtyX9ztq8d10lQ_mChzZV2urLCDzdFl03mEkJIiSevE2q0kGyhTSfoQgxESvDY8KyAC39AJOzF3jJoFQL9x2Ez_5andsig=AOD64_0nhqiPicUu9SQ6IaOdnAea84gvFQandadurl=https://www.swatmaps.com/swat-maps (SWAT MAPS). This alliance will provide farmers with enhanced tools for informed decision-making on their farms through the practical application of high-resolution soil maps, data, process, machinery, and agronomy knowledge. ServiTech provides independent crop consulting and laboratory services throughout Iowa, where Rob is located, but also in Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska. Rob and I discuss how he looks at zone management, what led to becoming a SWAT MAPS partner, how the current conditions are impacting farmer perspectives on variable rate technology.
    “I wanted something that was the tip of the spear, as I like to say, the industry leading solution. And that's what SWAT MAPS provides. So it's a turnkey solution. They've got everything figured out. It works perfectly. It provides the highest quality zone map possible in my opinion. And it works for what we're trying to do.” - Rob Swieter, Iowa Territory Leader with ServiTech


    On Today’s Episode:
    1:54 - Meet Rob Swieter and hear about the background he brought to ServiTech when he joined them as territory leader last year
    3:07 - Discover why ServiTech is partnering with SWAT MAPS and how zone management can greatly benefit their customers especially with variable seed and fertilizer rates
    7:17 - Explore what ServiTech has to offer producers and their history as an independent crop consultant company and laboratory
    9:44 - Learn about the unique characteristics of Iowa that producers need to adjust for making ServiTech’s services very valuable
    10:50 - Explore the local interest in Iowa into zone mapping and the limitations they may have experienced in grid sampling prior to employing SWAT MAPS
    12:24 - Hear about how Rob introduces the use of management zones based on proper data layers to producers who may not be aware of their benefits
    13:30 - Learn about the logistics of using a SWAT box and how the ServiTech agronomists use and apply it to different operations
    15:04 - Discover how the influence of input prices has increased the interest in zone management and variable rate technology
    16:32 - Explore the SWAT Academy and the onboarding process for the ServiTech team
    17:42 - Learn who is the ideal ServiTech customer and the broad customer base they serve


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    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/ (

    • 20 min
    SWAT 009: Brad Dunnington on Map Making and the Evolution of SWAT MAPS

    SWAT 009: Brad Dunnington on Map Making and the Evolution of SWAT MAPS

    In this episode we are joined by https://www.croppro.ca/brad-dunnington (Brad Dunnington) of https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic (Croptimistic Technology). Brad was the first employee when he joined the company in 2008 and is now the SWAT MAPS manager based remotely in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brad processes raw data from a SWAT BOX into SWAT MAPS for an agronomist to ground truth, and then use for soil sampling. This then becomes a prescription file or controller file for a farmer to apply variable rate products in their field. We explore how data collected in the field becomes a useful map for farmers and agronomists and what it took to develop this product over the years, to what it is today.
    “The SWAT MAPS we make now are far superior to what we used to make. It's easier to make SWAT MAPS in certain areas than it is in others. Luckily, we started where we did, because it was a lot easier. Then that helped us develop new techniques for making maps.” - Brad Dunnington SWAT Maps Manager for https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic (Croptimistic Technology)


    On Today’s Episode:
    2:08 - Meet Brad Dunnington and learn the experiences that led him to working at Croptimistic Technology.
    4:06 - Explore the process of taking data from a SWAT BOX and converting it to SWAT MAPS
    5:23 - Discover the progression of equipment, technique and technology with soil mapping for SWAT MAPS
    8:39 - Learn the pitfalls of mapping prior to smartphone technology and how Brad was able to turn a mistake into a new customer acquisition
    9:20 - Hear about the initial software now known as ADMS that Brad started with and continues to use to produce maps for agronomists
    10:11 - Discover the benefit of SWAT RECORDS and the process agronomists will use to continue their analysis
    11:24 - Explore how agronomists use multiple SWAT MAPS to evaluate the soil quality and determine what approach they should take for their client
    12:45 - Brad gives us an example of how SWAT MAPS are used in his area of Eastern Canada
    13:44 - Discover the advantages Brad can offer his clients by having extensive experience in agricultural map making
    16:04 - Explore the growth and expansion of the company, the techniques and the technology of Croptimistic 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.
    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).

    • 23 min
    SWAT 008: Jonathan Freeman on Precision Soil Moisture Maps

    SWAT 008: Jonathan Freeman on Precision Soil Moisture Maps

    Jonathan Freeman introduces us to https://www.swatmaps.com/swat-water (SWAT WATER) and the significance of this tool - especially in irrigated agriculture. Before joining https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic (Croptimistic), Jonathan worked as an inhouse agronomist for a large sugar company where he also managed their precision ag program. He has nearly two decades of experience in water resource management, and has worked in multiple countries in southern Africa as well as New Zealand and Australia. We will explore the ins and outs of irrigated agriculture including some specialty crops like sugar, avocados, and macadamia nuts. Irrigation goes beyond just moisture monument Irrigation contributes greatly to nutrient movement and ultimately a crops success
    “I think the consensus at the end of the day is that your soil moisture level, and also how that soil moisture interacts with your various soil types and soil conditions is really what is driving, your crop productivity. ...So that really was the segue from SWAT MAPS to then include SWAT WATER as a measure of saying how much water is available.” - Jonathan Freeman, precision agronomist and soil water specialist with https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic (Croptimistic Technology)
    On Today’s Episode:
    2:16 - Discover the variation between the agriculture industry in Southern Africa versus North America
    4:06 - Explore the origin of SWAT WATER and how Jonathan was introduced to and eventually joined SWAT MAPS
    5:40 - Learn about SWAT WATER's process and capabilities
    7:13 - Jonathan explains the value in adding soil texture data and organic matter data to soil sampling analysis
    8:36 - Discover the practical application and impact of SWAT WATER for producers
    12:44 - Learn about the irrigation management options SWAT WATER offers
    14:20 - Understand the significance of water management as being closely tied to nutrient management
    18:50 - Explore the different inputs and how they can be tailored to the soils needs based on water movement
    20:56 - Jonathan shares the frequently asked questions in regards to SWAT WATER and maximizing its benefits
    22:57 - Learn how the data acquired from SWAT WATER can help in irrigation design
    26:38 - Understand how introducing mapping to an operation can focus on the individual concerns of that operation and allow for more efficient production
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQr9dc0X19candt=663s (SWAT WATER Global Launch Video)
    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 007: Wes Anderson on Equipping Agronomists with Technology

    SWAT 007: Wes Anderson on Equipping Agronomists with Technology

    Our conversation today covers Wes Anderson’s extensive agronomy background as the vice president of agronomy at https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic (Croptimistic Technology). We will discuss the opportunity he saw with https://www.swatmaps.com/swat-maps?gclid=CjwKCAjwx8iIBhBwEiwA2quaq5jDAY8Z0tROMFibiwWt6o2BC5NNyWr4HmenXZG0Xm6NuTd2HUyn-BoCYIYQAvD_BwE (SWAT Maps), what’s happening with https://www.swatmaps.com/swat-water (SWAT water) and some of his thoughts on the role site-specific agronomy in some of the carbon and sustainability metrics that are being discussed in agriculture.
    Wes was originally hired by Crop Pro Consulting three years ago as the first employee in Alberta, and has since grown the business to servicing around 70,000 acres in the province. As the company shifted strategy to license their technology to agronomy service providers, his role changed to vp of agronomy for Croptimistic. In this capacity, Wes and his team support the agronomists and partners around the globe who work with SWAT Maps and the SWAT ecosystem of products.
    “I always say before you can manage it, you've got to first map it and then you’ve got to measure it. And until you map it and measure it, it's hard to manage it. So we have all these amazing tools. What really gets me excited every day to come to work is seeing the opportunity to combine multiple technologies to provide value.”
    - Wes Anderson, vice president of agronomy at https://www.swatmaps.com/croptimistic (Croptimistic Technology)
    On Today’s Episode:
    1:59 - Discover Wes’s background in agriculture and his experiences that led to crop science and agronomy
    3:50 - Learn about the opportunity Wes got to participate in in Australia and what differences he observed in the agricultural practices there
    5:59 - Wes shares how he was first introduced to SWAT Maps and how he became involved in their operation
    7:09 - Explore the benefits SWAT Maps has brought to Wes’s ability to help producers
    9:41 - Hear about how Wes integrates the SWAT Map technologies with other tools to create a cohesive integrated plan for his clients
    11:59 - Learn what makes SWAT Maps unique and stand out from its competitors
    13:07 - Discover the benefits of SWAT water and how it can contribute to an operation’s productivity
    19:49 - See how precision agriculture techniques can be altered and applied once mapping and testing is performed
    22:01 - Learn about the effects of varying organic matter in soil composition
    23:55 - Explore the groundtruthing process and how that is incorporated into the mapping process
    25:11 - Wes shares answers to common questions he receives including measuring carbon and managing nitrous oxide emissions
    29:50 - Discover the SWAT Maps onboarding protocol for agronomists
    Follow Wes on Twitter @fielddirt
    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).

    • 31 min
    SWAT 006: Jeff Bennett & Mike Palmier

    SWAT 006: Jeff Bennett & Mike Palmier

    In this episode we are joined by https://ca.linkedin.com/in/mike-palmier-64798938 (Mike Palmier) and Jeff Bennett. We dive into how these two collaborate and use technology to improve Jeff’s operation agronomically. You’re going to get some great insights into this approach, how they’re balancing agronomy with logistics, and how they’re integrating multiple technologies to capture the synergies between them.
    Mike is the owner/operator of Max Ag Consulting, which specializes in field scouting services and works with technology providers like https://www.swatmaps.com/swat-maps?gclid=CjwKCAjw_o-HBhAsEiwANqYhp5QIBxBzQqxwpgAVgYU93dAoaL0Acm3Rr3RjB2Ly_wWLzD_XgAZ_-BoCqUkQAvD_BwE (SWAT Maps) and https://cropintel.ca (Crop Intelligence) soil moisture probes. Jeff is a 4th generation farmer who has been farming full time for the past eight years in the Dodsland, Saskatchewan area. Jeff grows a variety of crops including lentils and canola. Because of their collaboration, Mike is able to test new techniques and protocols on Jeff’s farm which offers a great chance for all of us to learn from their experiences and journey into variable rate technologies.
    “There are times where I will add a product like a zinc on a zone one and four on a field, so a hilltop and upper slope, and not put it anywhere else in the field. We're putting in higher rates, more meaningful rates, getting good yield response in year one with doing that, but actually not spending as much money as we would be if we did that nutrient over the entire farm.”
    - Mike Palmier, Owner/Operator of Max Ag Consulting
    On Today’s Episode:
    1:56 - Discover what sparked the friendship and collaboration between Mike and Jeff and how their relationship has evolved over time
    3:58 - Jeff shares his introduction and journey into variable rate technology and the data his farm is producing
    3:45 - Mike shares his approach and goals for Jeff’s farm resulting in a compilation of data over years to analyze and create the most efficiency
    9:36 - Jeff shares the pitfalls and limitations of relying on incomplete data and variables out of his control. He goes on to describe what tangible information he finds highly valuable when using variable rate technology.
    12:39 - Explore the use and integration of Crop Intelligence moisture probes with SWAT maps while evaluating crop potential and making adjustments to additives.
    17:31 - Learn how Jeff balances his pursuit of data with his bottom line, amount and type of inputs and making his operation financially successful.
    22:58- Explore what the future holds for their collaborative efforts using variable rates and https://www.swatmaps.com/ (SWAT MAPS)


    Follow both our guests on Twitter @MikePalmier and @JeffBennett44
    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).

    • 30 min
    SWAT 005: Mark Huso on Continuous Learning and Training the Next Generation of Agronomists

    SWAT 005: Mark Huso on Continuous Learning and Training the Next Generation of Agronomists

    Mark Huso of Huso Crop Consulting and Soil Testing joins us in this episode. Mark and I talk about how he’s working with farmer customers during this dry year they’ve had in North Dakota, how he’s training the next generation of agronomists, the technology he finds useful, what he’s still learning about salinity, and some of his thoughts for the future of agronomy.
    Mark started his own company about 10 years ago doing independent crop consulting after working in ag retail. He works with a variety of crops in the area including cereal grains, canola, corn, edible beans, soybeans and sunflowers. Mark attributes some of his success to developing a support network so he can always be learning and growing. He says he has benefited greatly from relationships he has with other independent crop consultants in the area.
    “If you’re in agronomy, have a support network…. It's great to be the leader, but it's also great to understand that there are other good leaders out there and know what they know and understand what they are trying to tell their customers at the same time.”
    - Mark Huso, Huso Crop Consulting and Soil Testing in Lakota, North Dakota
    On Today’s Episode:
    1:52 - Learn Mark’s background and what led him to becoming an independent crop consultant
    3:13 - Discover the network Mark has established between his company and other local agronomists to better serve the producers in their area
    3:45 - Explore this years challenges for agronomists in the North Dakota region and what adjustments he is recommending for producers to account for them
    7:06 - Hear about how the use and adoption of technology has changed over the years including the use of variable rate techniques
    8:38 - Explore how Mark has employed https://www.swatmaps.com (SWAT MAPS) and how it has benefited his clients
    9:28 - Discover what other new technologies Mark has used and found success with including the use of software on Ipads, new data-input techniques and zoned sampling
    11:48 - Learn about how Mark has incorporated agronomy interns into his business model and the hands on experience they get from being a part of his program
    17:26 - Hear about the trials Mark is involved with and how they analyze those results
    18:17 - Discover how Mark handles salinity issues and what new techniques he is exploring and learning from
    20:36 - Hear about what solutions Mark feels technology may provide going forward
    22:21 - Learn what advice Mark wants to share with other agronomists entering the field
    Follow Mark Huso on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/husocrop ( @HusoCrop)
    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).

    • 26 min

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