Yield maps have been around for several decades and are becoming ubiquitous. But what should you do to capitalize on your yield data? Data can be incredibly valuable, but data that goes unused for better understanding precision agriculture technologies, characterizing hybrid performance within a field, or generally improving a farming operation is not valuable at all. In this episode, Dr. Terry Griffin - Assistant Professor at Kansas State University - joins the FarmBits podcast to talk about leveraging yield data. This episode is the perfect conclusion to the harvest series of the FarmBits podcast as it touches on almost every topic discussed so far. As an agricultural economist, Terry has a particularly good perspective on value. In this episode, Terry addresses a trend that is gaining some popularity - profitability mapping. Terry discusses who the profitability approach might help, how profitability maps are generated, potential challenges with profitability mapping, and why data quality is critical to accurate profitability mapping. According to Terry, one of the most valuable uses of yield data and profitability maps is for on-farm research. Terry explains that on-farm research is the only way to truly ground-truth the impact of precision agriculture technologies and production practices on your farm. He also suggests that data analytics automation is the future of digital agriculture. The practical perspective that Terry approaches digital agriculture with shines throughout this episode. Though this episode concludes the harvest series, that doesn't mean the podcast is taking a break. Next week, we begin a series on quantifying soil spatial variability with Episode 007 featuring Mike Manning of Premier Crop.
"If you have a farmer that is struggling to do the agronomy 101 things - planting on time, choosing good varieties and hybrids, being able to operate machinery without it breaking down - if they're struggling with those things, adding technology such as variable rate, and yield monitors, and farm data will not make their operation better. So it depends on the who."
- Dr. Terry Griffin
Terry Griffin Contact Info:
Twitter - @SpacePlowboy
Website - spaceplowboy.com
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