With the help of Agrible’s Morning Farm Report™, Illinois grower Todd Weitekamp was able to save money on nitrogen while performing better management practices.
A hail event can be disastrous to a field’s yield potential. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (http://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/hail), in 2015 there were over 5,400 hail events in the US, causing about $1 Billion dollars in damage to crops and property.
Meet Bob Schroeder, fifth generation farmer from Mahomet, IL, and our first Grower of the Month for 2016! Bob farms corn, feed corn, and soybeans, and works alongside his father at Schroeder Farms.
This month’s feature is Amy Hoying, a Midwest farm woman from Columbus, Ohio. Amy grew up on a beef cattle farm just northwest of Columbus, and has since transitioned to dairy farming after marrying her husband, Jason. Amy and Jason now live outside of Fort Loramie, Ohio, where Jason grew up.
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 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.
It's harvest time. Allergy sufferers are stocking up on medication, pumpkin spice lovers have an overwhelming number of food and drink options, and Morning Farm Report users are making the best decisions on their fields with Tractor Time and Yield Engine.
We've added an exciting new feature to Yield Engine inside Morning Farm Report! In addition to getting yield estimates, soil moisture data, and analyses of your crops critical periods, Yield Engine will now provide a predicted Harvest Ready Date for your field.
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.
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.
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 (Rainfall, Field Intel, Tractor Time, or Yield Engine), the amount information you receive each morning will vary.
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.
Don't worry Android users, we will have some good news for you soon.
Many regions throughout the Midwest are experiencing too much of a good thing these last couple of weeks. While moderate temperatures have tended to prevail, the rains haven't abated.
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.
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.
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.
One of the recent updates to Morning Farm Report was the addition of the new Calendar View and Wet Spot soil field logistics in Tractor Time. These new features spawned from customer feedback and our desire to make it as easy as possible for growers to visualize their field conditions and plan the next two weeks of field work.
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.
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.
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.