Digital Agriculture includes large collections of farm data being used by farmers, companies, and government agencies to aid in decision making related to crop production and farm management. It can also be used as a way to better predict nutrient availability, which in turns helps farmers make better agronomic decisions. By using farm data to drive input management and other farm decisions, producers can identify and quantify which productivity variables are limiting agronomic growth. With agriculture becoming digital, it is important to understand how that data is being collected, interpreted, and then utilized. This digital agriculture concept can be overwhelming, and this series aims to make sense of the Big Data presence within the agricultural community.
Now more than ever, growers need to be aware of how their data is being used. As a grower, ask questions! It is in your best interest to ask and learn all there is to know about something you don’t understand. Knowing about digital agriculture is the first step towards being a good data steward and making better agronomic decisions.