This past week at Commodity Classic my friend Jesse Vollmar announced the rollout of FarmLogs Research Network, the first nationwide large-scale, on-farm research network of its kind. Dedicated to organizing and conducting unbiased research and independent analysis, the collaborative program, open to row-crop farmers across the country, will accelerate agronomic learning cycles, help influence product development and improve prescriptive recommendations for users. Utilizing technology to automatically capture and analyze on-farm trial data from different geographic environments in near real-time, the network will empower users to easily experiment and discover scientifically valid management practices. It will also enable farmers and businesses to more quickly and accurately prove how specific input decisions, management practices and new products and technologies impact their bottom line. FarmLogs will develop and set up trial protocols, aggregate and analyze the data, and offer support to growers along the way. “This is an entirely new approach to on-farm research,” said Dr. Tracy Blackmer, VP of Science at FarmLogs. “We’re not only crossing state lines with our large-scale unprecedented replications, but we’re also addressing several barriers that traditional research networks have been unable to break through. With our focus on independence, and with no geographic, vendor, product or technological limitations, we’re able to offer a more authentic and accurate way to analyze trial data. The rate at which growers will be able to test, learn from and implement new management practices will be monumental.” FarmLogs invites those in the ag space who are interested in learning from and participating in the research trials to visit the FarmLogs site by clicking HERE. What I really like about the concept is that it can help speed up “best-of-practice” results for NEW things I want to try on the farm. It can provide me with access to what others have found to be the results of their efforts and hurdles that I need to be aware of so as not to make the same mistakes. Essentially the network will empower growers to easily experiment and discover scientifically valid management practices. It will also enable farmers to quickly and accurately prove how specific input decisions, management practices, and new products and technologies impact their bottom line. I just really like the thought of building a nationwide library or database and having access to the details and results being recorded out in the fields. Technology and perhaps more importantly “transparency” continues to change the face of agriculture.
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