February 23rd, 2021

Countdown to the 2021 Growing Season: 62 days...

Summary of Content

Over the last two weeks we shared the first 2 of 7 principles we believe every farm manager should adopt. This week we present our 3rd principle which is "Small Data before Big Data". Read more in our recent blog post titled "The Big Problem with Big Data in Agriculture."

7 Guiding Principles for Farm Managers

1. Embrace Change
2. Make Decisions from the Field
3. Small Data before Big Data

We recently completed our yearly on-farm research summary of over 25 trials this growing season. Whether reviewing our own research or someone else, we often come across examples where things are not always what they seem. In a recent blog post titled "Survivorship Bias; When Things Don't Add Up",  Brunel shared why we have to question everything to get the full picture.

In the Soil Health Corner, Jenn shares ideas on how to keep your soil microbes happy.

Bru & Jenn

Feature Story

The Big Problem with Big Data in Agriculture

(Blog read time: 2 1/2 minutes) I believe that before “Big Data” can work, we need to figure out the “Small Data”. When I say small data, I really mean smaller geographies. By comparing data production data between   [...]

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Notes From the Field

Survivorship Bias; When Things Don't Add Up

(Blog read time: 1 3/4 minutes) I recently came across a story about a mathematician named Abraham Wald who served for the allies in the 2nd world war. Abraham had been tasked with figuring out the best placement and ratio of [...]
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Science of Soil Health

Keep Your Microbes Happy

(Blog read time: 2 minutes) The modern approach to agriculture is focused on the production of monoculture crops (one plant species grown at once).  Production often includes practices such as tilling in fall or spring to prep the seedbed, followed by [...]
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