How to Apply Date from Precision Ag

(Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti) How do you see the Precision Ag and the new technology helping you in the future? (Justin Knopf) Well it’s been a wonderful opportunity for us to partner with you in this research and looking at Precision Agriculture and utilizing it as a tool to do on farm research, to better fine-tune our populations on our fields. And then also I think for us farmers, Precision Ag is overwhelming in many regards. We have all this data and the age-old question with it is: what do we use the data to do? And doing this study with you, looking at different yield environments that have become pretty apparent in this field and then having that population study go across those multiple yield environments, is helpful for me to simplify it a little bit and actually break it down into some things that I can do for a management perspective in the future to say: okay I know it seems like we’ve got a pretty consistent trend of some lower yielding environments in this field and some higher yielding environments, and now we have a population curve and responses from both environments. The next no-brainer step then is to fine-tune those populations by environment. So partnering in this with K-State Extension has really, from a producer’s standpoint, allowed me to get that someone from the outside come and take a third party view and say okay here is maybe a way to think about this and allowed me to have some useful information to fine-tune my management and improve my profitability. (Dr. Ignacio) And I think that when we started putting all this information together we were thinking in that idea exactly. We are seeing new technologies like drones, we are seeing technologies on variable seeding rate, variable fertilizer rate and I am always have that kind of a farmer thinking. If I am a farmer should I invest on this technology? Will that pay off for my field or what are the basic steps that I need to take in order to move approaching that? Because I think we are very conservative trying to say: okay should I go ahead and buy the $500,000 combine or equipment to start doing these on my field? And the main point that I emphasize today also was understanding variability. And I think that is one of the main things that we need to move. We need to move forward in that point, I mean we are showing here in this area, like satellite imagery from mid- season last year, yield monitor, satellite imagery from early season this year, plus using the information to corroborate all the information using these seed trials. So I think we did some steps before we were able to get to the point. So my thinking and my question for you would be: okay, from this point now, how do you see that we can translate some of this information to other environments? (Justin) Yes I think I have learned some steps here that I can now understand the steps and take some of those same steps on some of our other fields on our own and begin to translate some of those steps. This process of thinking to some other fields across our landscape, across our farm and hopefully other farmers in the community can do the same and the whole community benefits from the research. (Dr. Ignacio) I think you make an excellent point, I mean the idea is to make sure that our farmers are well trained and they can follow steps that might be quite easy and then our goal from K-State is to make sure to support you and support our farmers and the support of the farmers might go into technology or how to put together a maps or how to put together a satellite imagery. Our main goal is to make sure that you guys can become more profits or we can become more useful.

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