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Check your tillage costs

Check your tillage costs

Think different Farm management is evolving from precision agriculture to predictive agriculture and, eventually, to prescriptive agriculture, says Climate Corporation CEO David Friedberg. Ohio farmer Brian Watkins’ financial management model is one such example. His predictive ag tool is used to make better and easier decisions. Watkins, of Kenton, Ohio, raises 7,000 acres of corn and soybeans, plus 2,800 sows farrow-to-finish. He tapped his ag economics and MBA degrees to create a financial model that encourages easier what-if farm decisions. The tool uses geo-referenced data to support decisions and on a cooperative level with other producers. Learn more about Cropzilla.

How often have you wondered whether a new practice or piece of equipment will pay? Kenton, Ohio, farmer Brian Watkins built a computer farming simulation model to calculate the cost of such options. “It tells me how much time a piece of equipment will take to operate and repair, how much fuel will cost and how it will affect other things we do,” he says.

Watkins’ model, to be marketed as C

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