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Overview of Digital Technologies Offerings for North American Soybean Producers
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting 1801610.(doi:10.13031/aim.201801610)
Authors: Jenna K. Lee, John P. Fulton, Kaylee L. Port, Richard T. Colley, III, Joe D. Luck, Matthew J. Darr, Scott A. Shearer
Keywords: Data, Digital Agriculture, Precision Ag, Soybeans, Technology.
Over 100 currently available digital technologies were sorted into six categories that included: Data Warehousing, Production Benchmarking, Production Analysis, In-Season Monitoring, Crop Modeling, and Recommendations. Categorizing these technologies provided; 1) a clearer understanding of technology implementation, 2) an alignment of a digital technology to a producer‘s intended use if adopted, and 3) insight to producers considering these digital technologies.
A farmer survey was administered along with interviews of agriculture technology experts. Results were then summarized and analyzed. Survey results indicated that 70% of producers are confident that their data is valuable and 91% are actively using technology in soybean production. While these technologies are being adopted, many producers expressed concerns about the potential added value, data management logistics, and disconnects between technology providers and end users. Results of this study provide insight for soybean producers on the implementation and use of current and future digital technologies.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)