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Soil Testing

It’s soil test time.

As harvest progresses this fall, many fields will be in a rotation to have soil sampled. One very ‘illuminating’ procedure that growers might consider having done is to have an occasional sample drawn from a depth of greater than 6 inches. While it is true that applied P & K fertilizer tends to remain in the upper 6 inches of the soil, it is also true that plants roots are feeding much deeper than 6 inches when they reach full size and are producing grain. In the drier weather of late summer when top soils dry down, the strata of soil below 6 inches is where the roots do most of their feeding. Samples taken from depths of from 12 to 18 to 24 inches can provide an indication of where real deficiencies may exist. Because roots feed from very great depths of soil, those nutrient levels won’t change as often as the top 6 inches. So deep sampling need not be done often. However, a few samples from each field every 8 to 12 years or so can provide useful reference figures that may help you understand how crop yields can vary across a field. If you use zone sampling, taking two deep samples from each zone should be sufficiently instructive. If you use grid sampling, a deep sample from every 15 acres may suffice.

Many soil testing services are now offering a service to do deep soil sampling. Since many services are using truck mounted samplers, they prefer to sample before tillage operations have begun. Be sure to check Tractor Time for the best time to head out into the field, then don’t hesitate to call your testing service  before you till those scheduled fields and let them know when you finish harvesting a field.

Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin has been a challenging forecast to say the least. Over the last week, inconsistency in Joaquin's track has plagued weather forecast models. Over the last two days, these models have come into agreement and it looks as though the US will be spared a landfalling hurricane this weekend.

Of great concern is the enormous amounts of rain that have saturated parts of the east coast over the last 10 days. Below is a graphic that shows rainfall over the past week.

The same region that has received so much rain recently is forecast to receive an additional round of flooding rains - not from Hurricane Joaquin. In addition to impacts on agriculture, the flood risk is potentially life threatening. Below is the forecast precipitation over Friday through Sunday. 

Throughout Joaquin's life, the forecasting models we use for Morning Farm Report have been consistent in saying Joaquin would not reach the US mainland. Our models forecasted large amounts of tropical rain for South Carolina, but repeatedly showed North Carolina and Virginia dodging the majority of Joaquin's effects.

Tracking Storms with Tractor Time

This growing season has seen lots of variability in weather. A historically wet June followed by a relatively dry July and August has been challenging for someone tending to multiple fields. Summer storms can drop an inch on one field and leave another down the road bone dry. Having quick access to soil conditions for multiple fields takes the hard part out of decision making. Tractor Time in Morning Farm Report allows us to see weather events developing in the future so field operations can be planned more efficiently.

Recent weather patterns brought scattered and very localized convective storms into the Midwest, which provides a great test case to examine the data powering Morning Farm Report. 

The Importance of Technology to Family Farmers: Len Corzine

The Importance of Technology to Family Farmers: Len Corzine

Over the past few months, Agrible has been focusing on highlighting their dedicated, hardworking employees behind the scenes of Morning Farm Report and Agrible. We also wanted to shine the spotlight on the growers who love our products and provide us valuable feedback.  

This month we look at Len Corzine, a 5th generation farmer in Assumption, Illinois.

New Morning Farm Report Emails

Morning Farm Report users who receive the daily email each morning may notice things look a bit different. We've revamped the email so it provides more information in a more cohesive way. Depending on what services you subscribe to (RainfallField IntelTractor Time, or Yield Engine), the amount information you receive each morning will vary. 

Pocket Rain Gauge Available on Android!

Pocket Rain Gauge is now available on Android devices!

Take Pocket Rain Gauge for Android with you to your field or garden and find out how much it's rained in the last 24 hours right at your location. Data is updated every hour and reflects the previous 24 hours.

The app includes feedback functionality so you can let us know how accurate our measurements are. If Pocket Rain Gauge says you got 1.3 inches of rain, but you know your field actually got 1.6 inches, let us know. We’ll use your feedback to make our measurements even better.

Head over to the Google Play store to download.

Pocket Rain Gauge For Apple Watch

Pocket Rain Gauge is now available for Apple Watch! Find out how much it rained in the last 24 hours wherever you are! We also updated the iOS version to include iPad support and the ability to share your results on Twitter. Head over to the App Store to update or download the app today.

 
 

Don't worry Android users, we will have some good news for you soon.



Measuring Heavy Rainfall

We had some pretty severe rainfall here in Champaign and the surrounding areas yesterday. Some places even reported 8.2 inches of rain. Looking at the image below of the last 24 hours of precipitation in the United States, you can see that large area of green and yellow in the middle of the picture. That's what landed on us.

Let's take a look at how much rain that blob of color produced near our offices with Morning Farm Report and Pocket Rain Gauge

Looking at Rainfall in Morning Farm Report, an area just North of our office saw about 2.3 inches of rain.  

At the Agrible office, Pocket Rain Gauge shows 2.08 in. Our physical rain gauge outside of the office shows just above 2 inches as well.

 
 

To find out how much it rained at your location or on your fields, sign up for a free trial of Rainfall and download our Pocket Rain Gauge App. Learn more about both here

Stay dry out there.

How We Got Here

In the late 1800s, my great-grandfather farmed in southern Minnesota. His journals from that period give insight into the phenomenal changes that have occurred in agriculture since that time. As I have read his daily journal entries, what strikes me as most significant about his farming operation was the diversity of crops and livestock he maintained. 

Morning Farm Report Updates

We have some exciting new additions to Morning Farm Report we'd like to share with you. Our team is constantly working on improving Morning Farm Report and adding new features, and every few weeks we will let you know what we've been working on. 

This week we've added new product pages, a new way to view our Tractor Time field recommendations, ways to edit your field information, and a new customer service feature.

Looking at Precision Ag in a Whole New Way

Looking at Precision Ag in a Whole New Way

Most growers have figured out by now that when seed costs $300+ per unit, you can't afford to let your guard down. In field after field, small errors add up to significant losses. Similar losses can add up in the decisions you make. With more than 90% of your time taken up with planning, organizing, and managing field operations, it's important you have the best information immediately at hand both before you head out the door and when you are adjusting plans on-the-go.

Many growers have turned to 'precision agriculture' technologies to give them leg up on the field. These tools have revolutionized the way growers plant and how chemicals are applied, but not all 'precision' technologies cost $20,000 per unit just to help your tractor make straight lines in the field. That's why we created Morning Farm Report: to give growers an affordable, easy-to-use tool that helps increase productivity and yields. 

NCSA Private Sector Program

 
 

Agrible is happy to announce that we have joined the National Center for Supercomputing Application’s (NCSA) Private Sector Program. What we are doing with Morning Farm Report takes a lot of computing power, and lucky for us we have one of the world’s best super computers right in our backyard. 

As part of the program, we will use the iForge High-Performance Computing system for Morning Farm Report calculations. By leveraging its power, we can perform the grand scale, big-data calculations that our models require and deliver the highest quality results to our customers. 

We've previewed these sort of calculations in our Rainfall Big Data View, the Morning Farm Index feature, and our Yield Engine estimations. iForge will help us simulate the effects of weather on crop growth across the continental US, allowing Morning Farm Report customers to know exactly how their fields compare to the rest of the grain market. 

iForge is enabling us to think about our data in a radically different way and provide new and interesting benefits to our customers. Plus. we get to play with a supercomputer.