A drone helicopter flying over a digitized farm field representing data collection

The Risks and Rewards of Big Data

When it comes to modern farming, is there such a thing as too much information? The amount of data available to farmers today offers growers access to detail that is both small scale and big picture so they can adjust most of all aspects of growing, producing and selling agricultural products. “Big data” is the term given for information gathered …

A CALL TO ACTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: AMERICA’S SOIL IS DISAPPEARING

Soil plays critical roles in food security, climate mitigation, ecosystem function, and buffering against extreme weather events.  Although it is essential for the stability of the planet, soil is disappearing at an alarming rate. In the United States, estimates are that soil on cultivated cropland is eroding at an average rate of 5.2 tons per acre per year, while the …

TIRE DIFFERENCES CAN HAVE A DEEP IMPACT

How often do you check to make sure tire air pressure is appropriate for the tire type and conditions? Higher inflation can increase compaction and reduce soil productivity, as was demonstrated at the Ag in Motion show at Langham, Sask. this week. As Michelin’s Mike Pantaleo explains in this video, they dug two soil pits, filled them with layers of lime and screened …

SAVE MONEY AND INPUTS WHEN SPRAYING

We’ve put together our top ways to save you money and get the most out of your inputs when spraying; whether you are spraying for weeds, insects/pests, or diseases/fungus, we have you covered!   1.) Find Your Economic Threshold [1]:  An Economic Threshold refers to the density of the pest vs. the economic return you would get from the controlled treatment. There are …

WILD POLLINATORS EARNING THEIR KEEP ON THE FARM

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORGINALLY POSTED ON AGCANADA.COM. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. It’s crop-planning season and that means it’s a good time for making plans to create a wild pollinator habitat near your crops. Having a strong pollinator population can offer a benefit to crops, said Mark Wonneck, an ecologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Calgary. Bees are an important …

IS YOUR GRAIN SAFE THIS WINTER?

Things have finally wound down with harvest, producers are just now getting the chance to clean and perform maintenance on their farm equipment, and they are taking a big sigh of relief knowing that their crop is sitting safely in their bins. Or are they? Sadly, a farmer’s work is never done; once the crop is binned it’s not as …

DUTCH’S RECOMMENDED READS: MAY 2014

These are the top three Dutch recommend articles we think would be of interest to you from the month of April. We will continue to provide you with information intended to keep you informed about the latest news and trends in the industry. Prairie fertilizer supplies getting even more scare. Below-average temperatures to continue across Prairies. Rise in farmland values …