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Satellite “movies” will reveal insights about crop progress, opportunities to boost yield

May 02, 2017

Satellite “movies” will reveal insights about crop progress, opportunities to boost yield

This photo represents a simulation of what will be available through the new satellite imagery offerings via UrtheDaily.

Technology Makes Waves

Mar 20, 2017

Technology Makes Waves

Be a Data Diva

Feb 27, 2017

Be a Data Diva

Planting Technology Boosts Precision

Feb 14, 2017

Planting Technology Boosts Precision

Remember when a cell phone was only used for making calls? Now look what you can do with it—live video chat with your relatives, order pizza by texting a pizza emoji. You can even trade grain with that electronic Swiss Army Knife. I guess what I’m trying to say is, the original cell phone was great, but the modern day phone is infinitely more useful.

Why Trial Error Matters for Your Data Quality

Dec 28, 2016

Why Trial Error Matters for Your Data Quality

It’s crunch time for numbers as farmers plan for the 2017 growing season. But the plans you make are only as good as the data you’re analyzing. Trial error indicates whether your data is legitimate or not. And if your data is “iffy,” any resulting actions you might take will be equally suspect. Here’s a look at what trial error is and its role in producing quality data.

Is Technology Taking Root on Your Farm

Dec 07, 2016

Is Technology Taking Root on Your Farm

Are you taking full advantage of the agriculture technology options available through your local cooperative? As we reflect on the past growing season, a key takeaway is how increasing the use of technology has helped growers create efficiencies in their operations and helped solidify productive relationships with their cooperatives.

Tune In for R7® Tool 5.0 Preview and Important Fall Ag Tech Reminders

Dec 06, 2016

Tune In for R7® Tool 5.0 Preview and Important Fall Ag Tech Reminders

WinField® United technology gurus Joel Wipperfurth and Drew Garretson team up to unveil how the latest enhancements to the R7® Tool can help you engage farmers at a higher level in a new episode of The Deal With Yield podcast.

Black Friday Shopping...for Your Farm?

Nov 22, 2016

Black Friday Shopping...for Your Farm?

It’s almost here: The day when civility is put to the ultimate test. I’m talking about Black Friday.

Using Technology to Plan and Establish Alfalfa

Nov 17, 2016

Using Technology to Plan and Establish Alfalfa

Whether you’re planting new alfalfa or looking to manage an existing stand more closely, here’s an overview of how you can use ag tech tools to establish a successful alfalfa stand.

How Tech Helped Focus Inputs for One Cooperative

Nov 14, 2016

How Tech Helped Focus Inputs for One Cooperative

In the market we’re facing today, every decision we make counts. Especially when it comes to inputs. As you plan strategies for next year, consider how technology can help you place inputs effectively while maintaining profitability.

Drone On!

Oct 21, 2016

Drone On!

The new Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107) is in effect as of August 29, 2016. When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use this summer, we boiled down what these new drone regulations mean for the ag industry. If you’re thinking about investing in an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), also knows as drones, make sure to review...

Making Yield Data Work for You

Oct 10, 2016

Making Yield Data Work for You

​It’s that time of year when combines are rolling and yield data is accumulating. With current tight profit margins, it is more important than ever to make sure you capitalize on the hard work that goes into collecting yield data. Following are some key ways to make sure you’re getting the best return possible from the information collected.

Collecting Accurate Yield Data

Sep 30, 2016

Collecting Accurate Yield Data

​As you fire up the combine and head into harvest, ensure that you properly calibrate your yield monitor to collect accurate and detailed yield data.

Exploring the Possibilities With Ag Technology

Sep 26, 2016

Exploring the Possibilities With Ag Technology

Evolving ag technology has become a key focus for boosting production in today’s farm operations. As farmers are deluged with an increasing number of new high-tech tool options, they need partners who can help them zero in on the right choices for their systems and learn how to receive the highest return on their technology investment.

R7® Tool Enhancements on Deck

Sep 22, 2016

R7® Tool Enhancements on Deck

Two years ago, WinField embarked on a journey to refresh and reinvigorate the R7® Tool. On October 1, we will share our hard work with you when we launch a new version of our decision ag solution.

4 Steps to Maximize Harvest Data

Sep 21, 2016

4 Steps to Maximize Harvest Data

Data collected in the combine provides a wealth of information and invaluable teachings for the coming season. It’s important to not only capture yield data but to capture its full value. Here are a few ways you can prepare to glean the most from your harvest data this fall.

When it Comes to Data, Demand Quality and Personalization

Sep 13, 2016

When it Comes to Data, Demand Quality and Personalization

With established and new companies offering many types of data sources it can be difficult to decipher truth from hype. Not sure if you’re getting the most value out of your data? Here are four checks your data should meet.

How Innovation Can Feed the World

Sep 12, 2016

How Innovation Can Feed the World

Our investments in ag technology are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our commitment to leading the ag tech revolution.

Ag Data: Where the Future Is (Finally!) the Present

Sep 07, 2016

Ag Data: Where the Future Is (Finally!) the Present

Farmers and agronomists have had a tumultuous relationship with ag technology since the 1990s, says Aaron Ault, senior research engineer for the Open Ag Technology Group at Purdue University, project lead for the Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA) and an Indiana farmer.

Use Tech for a Pre-Harvest Report Card, Correct for Issues

Aug 24, 2016

Use Tech for a Pre-Harvest Report Card, Correct for Issues

It’s a common misperception that we’ve done all that we can to optimize yield by this time of the year. Late-season tissue sampling allows us to listen to what the crop is asking for to make adjustments for next year. Think of it like a mid-semester report card that gives us a springboard as we try to reduce plant-stress during grain fill.

A Toast To Teddy: Bekele Named to Top 10 in Precision Ag

Aug 23, 2016

A Toast To Teddy: Bekele Named to Top 10 in Precision Ag

Recently, Precision Ag magazine announced its inaugural list of the Top 10 People in Precision Ag. We are proud to congratulate our own Teddy Bekele, VP of IT, for being included in this elite roundup of ag tech trailblazers.

Getting More Precise With Irrigation

Aug 17, 2016

Getting More Precise With Irrigation

As water availability becomes increasingly restricted across the country, more farmers are turning to variable-rate technology to squeeze the most benefit from each drop of this precious resource.

FAA Announces New Drone Regulations

Aug 16, 2016

FAA Announces New Drone Regulations

As you know, drones are becoming more commonplace in agriculture, and the future will only offer more opportunities for their use by farmers and agronomists.

Avoid Nutrient Management Hiccups

Aug 02, 2016

Avoid Nutrient Management Hiccups

Targeted nutrient management is a goal shared across our industry, especially with nitrogen issues at the forefront of many conversations.

Seamlessly Integrating Technology Tools: Winfield US and The Climate Corporation

Jul 21, 2016

Seamlessly Integrating Technology Tools: Winfield US and The Climate Corporation

Winfield US (Winfield United Suppliers) and The Climate Corporation are further enhancing their collaboration by implementing a two-way, cross-navigation exchange between the R7® Tool and Climate FieldView™.

Use Eye-Level, Sky-Level Views for Alfalfa Scouting

Jul 20, 2016

Use Eye-Level, Sky-Level Views for Alfalfa Scouting

In-season imagery is now being used by forage growers to make management and rotation decisions about their alfalfa crops.

NutriSolutions® Tissue Sampling Turns Data Into Insights

Jun 24, 2016

NutriSolutions® Tissue Sampling Turns Data Into Insights

Tissue sampling not only can tell you where your crops stand nutritionally; it can also help you tweak your management strategy to achieve greater yield potential.

Use Weather Data to Optimize In-Season Inputs

Jun 21, 2016

Use Weather Data to Optimize In-Season Inputs

Weather is obviously the biggest variable in agriculture. And though you can’t control it, you can avail yourself of several tools to track weather conditions to help better manage nutrient applications and ensure your crops have the fuel they need to provide optimal yield potential at season’s end.

Scouting and Technology: A Match Made…On Your Tablet?

May 27, 2016

Scouting and Technology: A Match Made…On Your Tablet?

As you well know, diligent scouting is critical for early detection of in-field problems such as insect, disease and weed pressure. If you’re not supplementing traditional scouting efforts with the technology tools available through various applications (apps), you could be missing out on opportunities to save time, increase efficiency, and optimize your yield and return on investment potential.

Warehouses Are for Forklifts. Not Data.

May 12, 2016

Warehouses Are for Forklifts. Not Data.

WinField has entered into an exciting collaboration with Google and Cloud Technology Partners to design the WinField Data Silo™, leveraging the Google Cloud Platform.

Use Data to Help Focus Inputs, Generate Returns

Apr 25, 2016

Use Data to Help Focus Inputs, Generate Returns

As farmers continue to weather low commodity prices, valuable data and technology become increasingly important tools to help them focus inputs to spend smarter.

Variable-rate Corn Won’t Save You Money

Apr 19, 2016

Variable-rate Corn Won’t Save You Money

Variable-rate corn does however have the potential to make you money. Your financial investment is roughly the same with variable-rate corn as it is with flat rate. It’s where you put that investment that makes all the difference.

Forbes Shines Spotlight Our Way

Mar 23, 2016

Forbes Shines Spotlight Our Way

We are proud to announce that Mike Macrie, senior vice president and chief information officer for Land O’Lakes, Inc., has won a 2016 Forbes CIO Innovation Award. The award was presented at the Forbes 2016 CIO Summit at a ceremony held March 7.

Rely on Real Experience with Apps

Mar 17, 2016

Rely on Real Experience with Apps

Navigating agricultural technology is becoming increasingly complex as more tools and applications enter the marketplace. Today, it’s not a question of whether these tools and apps will be necessary in your operation; it’s a question of which ones.

Judging the Value of Data

Feb 24, 2016

Judging the Value of Data

How many times have you heard the word “data” in relation to your farming operation over the last few years?

Decision Ag Tools Will Help Win the Battle

Feb 24, 2016

Decision Ag Tools Will Help Win the Battle

WinField, our sales staff and our retail partners have a great opportunity in the emerging decision ag space. Our experience and offerings have us well positioned to help our customers not only survive-but thrive-during a time when there is little margin for error.

Delivering on Data Quality

Feb 22, 2016

Delivering on Data Quality

A lot of companies say they can deliver data. But how can you be sure that data is providing reliable information that’s applicable to your operation?

Riding the Technology Wave

Feb 22, 2016

Riding the Technology Wave

Examining how the current iteration of technology tools and those on the horizon will drive the future of farming for years to come.

Nutrient Management, Meet Satellite Imagery

Feb 12, 2016

Nutrient Management, Meet Satellite Imagery

Making the most of your nutrient applications means applying nutrients in the right spot at the right time. With lower commodity prices on the horizon, it’s important now more than ever to plan for this precise management.

Doing Your Own On-Farm Trials

Feb 09, 2016

Doing Your Own On-Farm Trials

Complementing broader trials with data gleaned specifically from your fields

Zone Soil Sampling With the R7® Tool

Jan 14, 2016

Zone Soil Sampling With the R7® Tool

There are many ways to test for soil nutrients. The amount and pattern of nutrient availability can be significantly different from field to field and may be affected by a number of factors, including soil type, topography and fertilizer history.

Take a Seat at the Decision Ag Table

Jan 11, 2016

Take a Seat at the Decision Ag Table

What an exciting time to be a part of the decision ag conversation. The family is growing!

Manage Populations to Stretch Inputs

Jan 06, 2016

Manage Populations to Stretch Inputs

The majority of planters in the field today are capable of doing variable-rate seeding, but only a small percentage of farmers are taking advantage of this feature.

How to Plan for El Niño

Dec 30, 2015

How to Plan for El Niño

As the 2015 growing season comes to a close, farmers across the country are turning their eyes toward winter. Dominating the weather headlines is what most call the strongest El Niño since the winter of 1997-1998.

Make Sure Your Data Yields Value

Dec 23, 2015

Make Sure Your Data Yields Value

As farmers begin planning for next year, now is the time to set expectations to determine success in 2016.

An API public library? Read all about it.

Dec 21, 2015

An API public library? Read all about it.

At Winfield, we are committed to making information sharing an easy process for everyone. To support that commitment, we’re collaborating with leading ag technology companies, such as John Deere, The Climate Corporation and others, to make sure our programs can easily communicate with each other to increase efficiency and productivity.

Integrate Your Technology Tools for Best Results

Dec 18, 2015

Integrate Your Technology Tools for Best Results

As farmers search for ways to deal with low prices, ag technology has emerged as the best way to make every seed count.

Financial Times Highlights WinField Ag Technology Prowess

Dec 17, 2015

Financial Times Highlights WinField Ag Technology Prowess

An article in the December 8 online issue of The Financial Times — an international business and finance publication based in London — features a story on the web presence of Land O’Lakes, WinField and Purina Animal Nutrition.

New Ag Leader Displays Deliver Ease and Connectivity...for a Price

Dec 12, 2015

New Ag Leader Displays Deliver Ease and Connectivity...for a Price

Ag Leader’s new InCommand™ displays boast features such as the AgFiniti® Wi-Fi adaptor, split screen viewing and tablet-like interaction.

How to Select the Best Seed for Your Operation

Nov 25, 2015

How to Select the Best Seed for Your Operation

See how WinField’s R7® Tool can help you select the best seed for your operation.

Put Your Conditions at the Center of Your Decisions

Nov 24, 2015

Put Your Conditions at the Center of Your Decisions

The R7® Tool by WinField provides unbiased product performance information and critical field data.

What Does Your Farming Report Card Look Like?

Nov 24, 2015

What Does Your Farming Report Card Look Like?

See how WinField’s R7® Tool Profitability Map and Yield Potential Map can help you get the most from your fields.

Don’t Underestimate Technology’s Value

Nov 13, 2015

Don’t Underestimate Technology’s Value

With the downward trend in market prices, there has been a sudden push to minimize per-acre costs. When determining what to cut, technology is often at the top of the list.

3 Steps to Get the Most Out of Your Yield Data

Nov 11, 2015

3 Steps to Get the Most Out of Your Yield Data

Now that harvest is complete, it’s an excellent time to gather and analyze the data you’ve collected all season to see what insights you can glean for next year. Here are three steps to help you capture, clean and upload your data.

R7® Tool Adds Value, Fortifies Relationships

Nov 10, 2015

R7® Tool Adds Value, Fortifies Relationships

Along with offering farmers an opportunity to fine-tune their operations, I believe the R7® Tool helps sellers strengthen customer relationships and create more business opportunities. At Indiana-based Ceres Solutions, I frequently work with Ron Coats, agronomy business manager, who has had success delivering value-added service with the R7® Tool.

3 Things You Need to Know About the John Deere/Climate Corporation Agreement

Nov 05, 2015

3 Things You Need to Know About the John Deere/Climate Corporation Agreement

On November 3, John Deere and The Climate Corporation announced that Deere would acquire the Precision Planting, LLC equipment business and enable exclusive, near real-time data connectivity between certain John Deere equipment and the Climate FieldView™ precision ag platform.

Innovators Accept the agBOT Challenge

Nov 03, 2015

Innovators Accept the agBOT Challenge

Ten teams of agricultural innovators representing universities, the private industry and the technology industry throughout the United States have been selected to participate in a new three-year competition called the agBOT Challenge.

Use high-tech scouting for soybean cyst nematode

Oct 23, 2015

Use high-tech scouting for soybean cyst nematode

When soybean yields vary dramatically from field to field, or even within the same field, farmers want to know why. There can be several causes, such as too much drainage, which leads to dry soils and moisture stress.

Pinpoint Solutions for Yield Variances

Oct 19, 2015

Pinpoint Solutions for Yield Variances

Throughout harvest, it’s not unusual to see yield variations between different parts of each field. While some areas may typically deliver 200 bushels per acre, other spots might yield 40 bushels per acre less.

Determining variable-rate fertilizer applications

Oct 16, 2015

Determining variable-rate fertilizer applications

As harvest begins in some parts of the country, collecting yield information now can help farmers make sound management decisions for the spring. Specifically, many farmers are considering variable-rate fertilizer applications for late fall.

Ag industry inches toward data standards

Oct 13, 2015

Ag industry inches toward data standards

It’s no secret that farmers want integration and collaboration between precision-agriculture companies, so data tools and software programs can “talk” to each other. But no one tool does everything.

The Ag Tech Two-Step

Sep 30, 2015

The Ag Tech Two-Step

The terms “precision ag” and “ag technology” can have a wide variety of meanings, depending on who you are talking to. Some growers think the use of GPS in equipment is precision ag, while others would argue there is much more to it than that.

Using imagery in the combine

Sep 18, 2015

Using imagery in the combine

Imagery is used in a variety of ways in agriculture, from planning to in-season monitoring. Another use for imagery that many overlook, however, occurs in the combine. Analyzing archive imagery, like yield potential maps or in-season images, while harvesting compares yield results to insights gleaned throughout the season.

Yield data: The starting blocks for next year

Sep 11, 2015

Yield data: The starting blocks for next year

Getting crops out of the ground, dried and to the elevator is the number one priority for growers this time of year. However, harvest is also an important time of year to get off to a strong start for next year by gathering valuable yield data from combines.

The Apple Watch: Fit for the farm?

Sep 10, 2015

The Apple Watch: Fit for the farm?

For the last few months, main-stream technology publications have been talking about the new Apple Watch non-stop. But is Apple’s smartwatch suitable for life on the farm? The jury is still out.

Utah Water Research Laboratory “tests the waters” with new irrigation technologies

Jun 22, 2015

Utah Water Research Laboratory “tests the waters” with new irrigation technologies

With California’s historic drought in its fourth year, irrigation is a hot topic in the mainstream news. In a recent article, researchers from Utah Water Research Laboratory go beyond news sound bites—taking an in-depth look at the irrigation practices of today and how those practices could change in the future.

Video: Capture the earth in two weeks

Jun 12, 2015

Video: Capture the earth in two weeks

Satellite imagery is a core part of the R7® Tool, but understanding how satellites capture images around the country can be tricky.

Big investments in AgTech may disrupt the ag industry—for the better

Jun 08, 2015

Big investments in AgTech may disrupt the ag industry—for the better

A recent article on Inc.com mentions agriculture as one of three industries “on the verge of disruption”. Why? Because $2.36 billion in venture money was invested AgTech tools in 2014 alone.

FAA relaxes drone regulations, giving growers more options

Jun 08, 2015

FAA relaxes drone regulations, giving growers more options

Agricultural drone enthusiasts got some help from the Web industry recently. According to Forbes, pressure from tech giants Amazon and Google have convinced the FAA to allow select organizations to operate unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes.

NASA launches out-of-this-world soil monitoring project

Jun 08, 2015

NASA launches out-of-this-world soil monitoring project

When you think of “NASA”, you’re more likely to think of moon rocks than the ground beneath your feet. But, these days NASA is working with astronauts … and agronomists.

Yield360 introduces innovative, in-season treatment tools

Jun 06, 2015

Yield360 introduces innovative, in-season treatment tools

360 Y-Drop™ allows mid- to late season applications of nitrogen from stalk to tassel. And, 360 Undercover™ allows growers to apply fungicide from the bottom of the plant upwards - attacking diseases where they start and Micronutrients.

Welcome to Answer Tech™

Jun 04, 2015

Welcome to Answer Tech™

As agricultural technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, WinField is strengthening its capabilities with solutions that enable retailers to help farmers make data-driven decisions.