Technology on the farm has many benefits but now you can add yield projection to the list. Advanced Ag Solutions has updated their Optimizer App to 2.0 so users now have important benefits from available weather technologies built in, according to AAS founder Daryl Starr.
“It’s an exciting time for us here,” he told HAT. “We just recently added the ability to take nexrad radar rainfall data for every single field and populate our data set so that yesterday’s rainfall fills in the blanks within Optimizer. With that rainfall information we can combine that with the seed and soil information and project yield, but also identify limiting factors on every single soil type on the farm.”
“We were just kicking around the idea of what seed selection and crop management program might look like to help advisors to bring us together. Then 2.0 we went to a web based platform and really smashed together a whole bunch of stuff we learned on the first version and opened it up to the general public instead of just our clients.”
Tremendous response to the original product led to input and requests for not just the zip code specific analysis, but a field by field report. That update to the app results in information that is more specific and more accurate, helping farmers decide what adjustments to make in the field.
“Now if they get a big rainfall event that washes nitrogen away the model can alert them to that and they can go back with more or in cases like this year in Indiana where we’re seeing a lot less rainfall, we might have growers saying I want to back off of my fungicide because my yield expectation is reduced because of water becoming a limitation here.”[audio:http://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/07/Optimizer-2-0-is-here.mp3|titles=Optimizer 2-0 is here]
Advanced Ag Solutions specializes in helping high-tech, progressive farmers grow their business through precision agronomic and economic data collection, analysis, and consulting.
Starr said there are two levels of subscriptions available.
“Farmers who sign up for the free service receive an alert about their county’s standard practices, which includes average soil type, seed variety and rates, and planting date. They also receive a link to a mobile website that displays the information,” he said. “Paying subscribers receive customized information about their fields and a website login to view daily updated information and a visual representation of the information overlaid on a Google map.”
Here more in the full HAT interview:[audio:http://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/07/Daryl-Starr-explains-Optimizer2.mp3|titles=Daryl Starr explains Optimizer2]