Does precision farming, with page after page of information generated by automated devices, really make your no-till fields more productive? Or are you about ready to unplug it all in frustration?
“Most producers will tell you that they’re overrun with data. The challenge is to take all that data and to turn it into information you can use to make decisions,” says Dan Frieberg, president of Premier Crop Systems LLC, a precision ag data processing firm in West Des Moines, Iowa. Frieberg helps no-tillers organize and analyze their data. He explained to attendees at the 2006 National No-Till Conference in St. Louis how his company and others like it, hired for a fee of about $2.50 to $4 per acre, can assist. “We organize the data from yield monitors, soil samples and everything else into a database structure that allows you to see relationships that you might not have been able to see before,” he says. Frieberg offers eight ways in which companies such as his can help no-tillers turn their data into higher profits: