"Having my historical record keeping data organized by the procedures adopted in this network was worthwhile to be a member". Ivan Bedin (farming 25,000 acres)
On Farm Precision Agriculture Network
Why On Farm Research?
The biggest advantage of doing on farm research instead of small plots is the possibility to have large treatment plots on top of spatial variability in the real farmer condition. Generating data in the same region and crop system is the best way to extrapolate research results.
The major objective of this on farm precision agriculture research area is to conduct large plot experiments mainly in Louisiana to build a network knowledge database of crop yield response site-specifically to guide variable rate inputs application. Joining this network, you will help with valuable data for science and have one field trial mapped for FREE depending on LSU Precision Ag Team and equipment availability.
Joining the network you will have one field of about 40-80 acres mapped for electrical conductivity and one NDVI image using drones equipped with active sensors and multispectral cameras during your crop growing season. Not all farmers that join the network will be mapped due to limitations of resources.
Let's use the data
Researchers need Geo-referenced data generated on farm to deliver a better crop management information to the farmer. Sharing your field data with a state institution to generate official agronomic recommendations is a great advantage on how to get unbiased results. Farmers own the data. The experiments results will be released just for members of the network. Join it, it is free. Researchers from LSU reserve the right to use the data in perpetuity for the sake of science. However, the researchers will not sell or share the data to other parties, without farmer consent.
As applied maps are being collected and stored in a daily basis by companies and consultant services that sell services to the farmer later in the process.
Let's make these automated data set better explored for farmers and consultants using non traditional statistics, such as machine learning to process and analyze the large pool of data to transform data in information to drive site specific crop management.
For our Team Data Driven Decisions are the major objective to support farmers decisions on their own operations.
How it works
The only requirement is to have yield mapping and variable rate fertilizer capabilities.
The farmer provides:
A field of at least 40 acres.
1- The need of minimum of 40 acres is to be able to design experiments with treatment plot size of about 0.5 acre each
2- Yield loss will be compensated if occurs, but until now we did not have any yield loss running trials compared to farmer practices
Why to join this network?
The advantages to join an academic network is to:
Have unbiased analysis and state official recommendations as a proxy to improve spatial crop management recommendations.
Have confidentially of sharing data for your own benefit and for the science.
Fully use of all resources available in your farm machinery.
Empower your technical team and consultants with non-traditional statistical data analysis.
"Joining the network, you will be practicing Precision Ag with your equipments that already are able to do and also you will help LSU to train students with precision ag data to solve real farmer problems. Please recommend undergraduate students to start early in Precision Ag enrolling to AGRO 4002 - Precision Agriculture every Fall."
Information about Project Coordinator can be found in:
Join the NETWORK
JUST FILL THE FORM BELOW that we will contact you to participate in this network. The only requirement is to have yield monitors.
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Baton Rouge, LA 70803