Terra-byte – A World Record Year
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
9:20am to 10:00am
While it may not feel like it sometimes, we are getting better at collecting field level data. Organizing and analyzing the data is still a challenge, but we’ve made significant progress. Faster internet (at least some places), cloud data storage, and cloud based software have significantly improved our ability to share and process data. It’s not perfect, hardly, but compared to only three years ago, things are getting better.
Data is an addiction. We’ve gone from kilobytes, to megabytes, to gigabytes, to terabytes, and still we need more data! Try working with high resolution drone imagery and you’ll quickly realize a 2 terabyte hard drive is not that big. Crop consultants live in the world of “must be practical”. Our job is to find practical solutions by capturing the right data at the most effective level of resolution. Knowing what data to collect and at what resolution is in large part what a good precision ag practitioner does.
Boundary layers, yield data and soil test data will always be some of the critical base layers of data that are needed. But at what resolution? Does a boundary layer boundary need to be RTK accurate? What is the correct soil test density, 2.5 ac, ½ ac., zone, Hyperspectral? Is yield data based on 45 ft. wide header granular enough? Do we need row by row yield data or yield maps enhanced with high resolution drone imagery?. As we learn how to process and store data faster, easier, and cheaper we will absolutely demand more data.
What does the future hold? IoT, high resolution imagery, and autonomy all will be great data collection tools. Most if not all these types data collection tools will have multiple channels/sensors collecting data. What kinds of useful things can we harvest from all this data? How will we manage, store and process all this data? Can we process raw data once and then use the processed information over and over again? A lot of these questions cannot be completely answered yet today, but for sure, more data is headed our way.
Dave graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in agronomy. He spent his early career working in the retail crop protection and nutrient supply business as an agronomist and/or a branch manager. In 1990 Dave and his wife, Zita, established their own business, Integrated Ag Services Ltd. (IAS). Zita and Dave have 3 daughters, two married and the youngest is in college. He enjoys golf, most of the time, and spending time with his family all the time. The IAS business has grown and changed over the years; now with a staff of 12 providing agronomic consulting services and HD ½ ac. grid soil sampling in Ohio and beyond. Their focus is to provide quality agronomic advice focusing on the value of precision agriculture back to their customers.