PLANNING FOR THE LONG TERM

Improving overall farm profit through an intensive and detailed production management system

Field Reports

There are many self automated Field Reports available.

Grower & Group Reports

Not only can reports be given on a field basis, but reports can also be supplied on a whole farm or group level.  Groups can be created and encompass as many farms as you like.  You may want to form a group of everything you rent and compare this to a group of all the fields your farm.  As a consultant you may want to create a group of all the customers you work with so you can benchmark an individual farm against the larger group.

Field Top Tens

The Correlations to Dry Yield shows the percentage of time that an attribute had an effect on yield.  Letters in blue signify that the attribute had a direct correlation to yield while letters in red signify that the attribute had an inverse correlation to yield.  For example if yield rose as K levels rise then this would be a direct correlation, however if yields went down as k levels rose then this would be an inverse correlation.  The Top Ten reports can be given on a field level, farm level, and farmer group level.  This is an invaluable report because overtime you can see what attribute is impacting your yield the most year by year on a field or farm level.

Management Zones

MgmtZone Results allows us to review the yield results of each attribute per mgmt zone.

Yield history is extremely important and useful.  We really do use all of those old yield files that you have logged and filed away for years and years.  The historic yield helps us set up management zones that can then be used to help build variable rate planting maps, variable rate nitrogen maps, and variable rate fertilizer maps.

We all know that no area in the field is exactly the same.  Each area has it's own productivity level and should be treated differently.  An extremely unique and beneficial feature of ProTech Partners is not only the ability to create mgmt zones but the ability to make individual fertilizer prescriptions for each mgmt zone.  For example, where are highest productivity is every year and where we want to be the most aggressive is in our A zones.  We can create a fertilizer equation specifically for the A zone that is aggressive, a separate equation for the B zone, and a conservative equation for the poorer C zone areas.

Variable Rate Planting & Fertilizer

Variable Rate prescription fertilizer and planting maps are all written through ProTech Partners.  Variable Rate fertilizer is written through the use of NutriCalc.  We all know that our high yield soils take many more nutrients that our low yielding soils.  But how does a simple soil test help you break this part of the equation out.  NutriCalc allows us to write a different prescription for each management zone.

Variable Rate planting recs are written using the same management zones.  This is one more step in allowing us to marry together fertility, nitrogen, and planting.  To ensure that we are making planting prescription recommendations correctly we continually validate our work through the use of Learning Blocks TM.  The Learning Blocks TM become a very important tool as we make future planting maps and population decisions.

Query Tool

The Hunter Search Engine is one of the most unique and useful tools we have.  This is essentially the workhorse of the data analysis.  For example if you simply want to know how your phosphorus affected your yield in a particular field you can run a query to find out.  If you want to get much more elaborate you can ask the same question except see how phosphorus affected your yield on certain soil types or management zones.  You can average by more than just yield.  You can average by any attribute with a numerical value.  For example you can query what your average organic matter or K value is per soil type.  You can set up "groups" to query by.  You can query by field, your entire farm, or a group of growers.  The way you set your "groups" up is unlimited.  For example you may want to create a group of only my rental farms vs the farms you own.

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