Title: Aggregated Data Opportunities
Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: David Bullock
Importance of Data Quality for Data Aggregation

The amount of data available in agriculture is increasing, as is the interest in creating value from that data. There are abundant opportunities for finding value in agricultural data, but much of that value comes from aggregating that data to create more encompassing datasets. While the information gained from aggregated datasets can be valuable for decision-making, the risk of making the incorrect decisions based on low quality or incomplete data can be high. Understanding how inaccurate data and missing data can impact the management decisions that are ultimately made using these dataset is important when collecting, analyzing, and interpreting agricultural data. This presentation will focus on data quality considerations when aggregating or interpreting aggregated data.

Elizabeth Hawkins (speaker)
Extension Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems
The Ohio State University
Wilmington, OH, NA 45177
Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins is an Extension Field Specialist at The Ohio State University focused on precision agriculture and agronomy. Her research interests include using on-farm research to identify methods to increase farm profits including improved crop yields, better management of resources, and the employment of effective precision agriculture technologies. Through the eFields on-farm research program, she is working to help farmers learn how they can make precision technologies like site-specific and prescriptive agriculture work, both agronomically and economically.
Length (approx): 40 min
Encouraging Adoption of BMP’s Through Innovative Extension Programming

The use of data aggregation allows the ability to benchmark producer’s management strategies against their peers. Benchmarking allows producers to realize that there are other farmers who are operating more efficiently and more profitably with similar yields. Examples including the UNL-TAPS Farm Management Competition and other data sources will be discussed.  Future Extension efforts will focus on using farm management competitions and Natural Resource District farm data to set water and nitrogen benchmarks for producers.

Chuck Burr (speaker)
Water and Cropping Systems Educator
Nebraska Extension
North Platte, NE 69101
Chuck Burr is a Nebraska Extension Educator located at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. He has been an Extension Educator in Nebraska since 1990. His Extension focus areas include water quality, limited water, irrigation management and cropping systems. Chuck received a B.S. and M.S. degree from UNL in Mechanized Agriculture. He was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Otoe County, NE. The UNL-TAPS program is demonstrating a new Extension technique to encourage grower adoption of BMP’s through producer and industry engagement.
Length (approx): 20 min
Data Aggregation for On-Farm Precision Experimentation

Every year new sources of information become available which allow the better characterization of the spatial variability of crop development and the factors influencing it. The use of on-farm precision experiments allows us to go a step further and characterize the spatial variability in the crop response to management practices. However, most of the data can only be collected after the decision has been already made. In order to harness the full power of precision agriculture, we need to develop better predictive tools. Ideally, these tools should combine all the information available in a clear and intuitive way to guide the decisions. Combining these sources of information is a challenging task since it involves contrastingly different spatial and temporal resolutions and levels of uncertainty. The presentation will cover some of the tools and techniques the Data Intensive Farm Management Project has been developing to address this challenge.

Rodrigo Trevisan (speaker)
Ph.D Student
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL
Rodrigo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Crops Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a bachelor in Agronomy from the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT – Sinop) and a masters’ degree in Agricultural Systems Engineering from the University of São Paulo (ESALQ – Piracicaba). He was the coordinator of precision agriculture in one of the largest agriculture companies in Brazil. He co-founded and is the head of research and development at Smart Agri. He is also a founding member of the Brazilian Association of Precision Agriculture.
Length (approx): 20 min
Creating Value from Agronomic Data Aggregation

Growers today are constantly looking to make practical sense, and take meaningful action, from the data they generate on their farms.  By understanding yield influences in individual fields, we can begin to examine the larger picture of yield trends across an entire operation.  Growers increasingly want to see beyond their own farms to anonymously compare results with their peers, in trusted, localized groups.  By comparing agronomic trends and yield influences through a depth of high-quality data at the Regional Group level, growers can make more informed decisions for their own operation and prove their profitability.

Mike Manning (speaker)
Premier Crop
Des Moines, IA 58321
Mike Manning, Premier Crop Systems, was born in the Nebraska Panhandle, and spent his early years and many summers working on the diversified family farm. His career includes a wide-range of experience throughout Nebraska and other areas of the Midwest. Mike worked and consulted on the family farm, provided soil services and crop consulting throughout central and southeast Nebraska, aided work in environmental compliance and nutrient management for large feeding operations. Most recently, he was the Precision Ag Program Lead for the Aurora Cooperative, Aurora, NE. Mike rejoined Premier Crop Systems as an Account Manager in 2018 to continue advancing comprehensive data solutions for growers throughout the Midwest. Mike has always had a strong interest in Precision Ag, dating to the first adoption of John Deere Starfire guidance on the family farm in the early 2000s. Mike graduated with an Agronomy degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2009. He resides with his wife and two children in Lincoln, NE, and enjoys the outdoors with his family.
Length (approx): 40 min