Author

Brad Roberts

Brad Roberts

Brad is FBN's Sr. Product Marketing Manager (Seed and Digital Technology)


Jun 14, 2022

by Brad Roberts

The strength of Farmers Business Network® is the opportunity to share information, insight, and feedback between you and your fellow farmers. Stay Up to Date This Planting Season We are currently polling members to track Canadian progress for cereal, canola, and soy during this year’s planting season. And luckily, you’ll be able to track those results right here on this page. Locking in on the correct data is important for all of us. Week Ending June 14, 2022 Here's this week's planting progress for 206 farms over 0.66 million acres. Week Ending June 2, 2022 Here's this week's planting progress for 223 farms over 0.76 million acres. Week Ending May 26, 2022 Here's this week's planting progress for 533 farms over 2.59 million acres. Week Ending May 16, 2022 Here's this week's planting progress for 521 farms over 2.34 million acres.


Jun 13, 2022

by Brad Roberts

The strength of Farmers Business Network® is the opportunity to share information, insight, and feedback between you and your fellow farmers. Stay Up to Date This Planting Season We are currently polling members to track U.S. progress for corn and soybeans during this year’s planting season. And luckily, you’ll be able to track those results right here on this page. Locking in on the correct data is important for all of us. Week Ending June 13, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 2,774 farms over 6.3 million acres. Week Ending June 7, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 2,346 farms over 5.8 million acres. Week Ending June 3, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 2,975 farms over 7.1 million acres. Week Ending May 31, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 2,069 farms over 5.0 million acres. Week Ending May 25, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 2,883 farms over 6.9 million acres. Week Ending May 20, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 2,114 farms over 6.3 million acres. Week Ending May 17, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 2,180 farms over 5.2 million acres. Week Ending May 11, 2022 Here's this week's planting progress for over 2,075 farms over 5.9 million acres. Week Ending May 2, 2022 Here are the results of this week's planting progress for 1,490 farms over 3.1 million acres. Week Ending April 28, 2022 Here's this week's planting progress for over 2,044 farms over 4.7 million acres. Week Ending April 22, 2022 This week we're tracking planting progress. Check out the data.


May 02, 2022

by Brad Roberts

As farmers hit the fields during planting season, it’s a busy time for growers across the country. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in making sure all of your crops get planted, it’s also a good time to start thinking about all of the data that’s associated with planting.  Are you utilizing your planting data to your advantage? We’ll walk you through some of the benefits of uploading your planting data when you become a member of FBN®. Here’s a snapshot of some of the unlocked features you’ll be able to access as an member.  Customized planting reports Once you upload some of your planting data, you’ll receive a summary of what was planted at your operation on a field-by-field level based on your data . You’ll also find additional available information on seeding rates and weather conditions during planting. Finally, you’ll receive a planting map for each of your fields.  This is a quick and easy way to view key planting information. All of your planting data is carefully organized in a way that will enable you to review what took place at an operation level and for each field. This is a great resource to access throughout the season when you need to recall where things were planted and the environment in which they were planted. It’s also helpful for future seasons when you’ll want to revisit what you did year after year.  In season yield prediction You’ll also gain access to an in-season yield prediction report starting in June that can be accessed via the mobile application. The full report can be found at fbn.com>reports within your account. As well, you can see field by field predictions within the mobile app. The mobile app can be downloaded via the or .  This report will refresh every few weeks.  Interested in gaining insights as to what your field yield potential is? The uses your planting data and historical field data, satellite imagery, weather details, and more to give you a future look as to what your yield might be.  If field boundaries haven’t been loaded, the planting files will create them. This will provide you with access to features that you’ll want to check frequently such as: Weather (precip, soil moisture, soil temp, wind speed) Satellite Imagery Soil Properties and Soil Type maps Field terrain and elevation Planting data is vital to load into your account because when it’s time for harvest and uploading your harvest data, this will match the two different data layers. The first will show products planted and where and how they’re planted. The second will show your yield results for that product. This will provide you with further insights. Without planting data, you won’t truly be able to understand how your products performed. Analysis tools Seed This will display an easy to follow list of products planted, the rate they were planted, yield information and ROI details like cost/a and cost/bu (if other invoices have been uploaded). Planting This tool provides an analysis of how your planting actions may have affected yield, yield by seeding rate, planter speed, crop rotation and tillage practice.  Performance This will give you a robust analysis of the products you planted, field actions taken like crop rotation, seeding rate, tillage, weather, planting dates and overall harvest information.  How to upload planting data There are many ways to enter data into your account. You can store all of your planting files from your planting monitor onto a USB thumb drive and then simply upload them from your computer to your account. If you utilize John Deere or CNH software, you can easily stream your data into the account by quickly initiating an integration between the two systems. Watch this video to learn more: If you’re a Climate FieldView user, you can export your planting data by logging into , select Data and then Data Manager.  Select the field, click on Actions and choose Export DAT Files.   You can then either upload those files yourself at FBN.com or simply email to You can also manually add a planting layer with just a few quick pieces of information. Learn more about how to add a planting layer by .  Additional resources If you ever need help uploading data into your account or have other questions, please email and our team of Data Specialists will be happy to assist you.  To access and learn more about these there are various levels of contributing data to ensure your account is ready to Power Up Your Farm. Become a member today and join a global network of farmers — 36,000+ strong and growing — who are already taking advantage of the opportunity to reduce their cost of production and maximize the value of their crops. 


Apr 04, 2022

by Brad Roberts

Have you ever thought about contributing and sharing data with your fellow farmers? Imagine being part of a network of like-minded farmers who contribute and share data with one another. is dedicated to helping farmers maximize their profit potential with a data and technology platform.  But what does that really mean? It means that farmers in our network gain access to insights from a global farmer community to make confident decisions that will impact your bottom line.  So how does it work? And how do you get started?  Here are 4 reasons that you should consider adding invoices and seed labels to your account. 1. Contribute directly from your phone Adding seed invoices, chemical invoices and seed labels into your account is easy. All you have to do is snap a pic of your invoice or label with your phone and upload it directly to your account via the mobile app.  2. Unlocks value for you When you submit chemical invoices, you’ll get access to chemical price transparency. When you submit seed invoices, you’ll get access to seed price transparency.  When you submit seed labels, you’ll receive a personalized report on other brands selling your varieties and b) access to "Same Variety As" feature in Seed Finder. Now, you’ll get valuable insights into what you’re paying vs. what your neighbors are paying for both chemicals and seeds.  You’ll also have access to analyze your ROI right from your account with digital tools that will help identify your cost per acre and cost per bushel.  Looking for a tool that will provide information on seed price transparency or find seed products that are labeled as something different? The Seed Finder tool gives you access to seed price, performance and one of the largest agronomic information databases in agriculture. All of this information is powered by millions of acres of real farm data.  Become an FBN member today Learn more about how to use the Seed Finder tool when you contribute data to the network: The will not only help you identify the possible yield output of products that have been uploaded into our network but also will showcase the potential revenue opportunities of each product, specific to your fields.  3. Centralize your operation data While many farmers are storing data on thumb drives, spreadsheets, notebooks, many are still leaving data unused within their equipment monitors.  Uploading and contributing data to offers a great opportunity to collect and centralize your farm’s data. From there it can be put to good use by tracking and formatting your data with the reports and tools found in your account.  4. It’s free Joining is free and becoming a member has a lot of benefits. As an member you’ll have access to some of the industry’s most powerful data analysis tools, reports and insights.  As one of the industries only crowdsourced, farmer-driven, networks of data, we strive to bring you resources that add a layer of information to the decisions you make.   To access and learn more about these there are various levels of contributing data to ensure your account is ready to Power Up Your Farm. What are you waiting for? today and join a global network of farmers — 36,000+ strong and growing — who are already taking advantage of the opportunity to reduce their cost of production and maximize the value of their crops. 


Jun 02, 2021

by Brad Roberts

The strength of Farmers Business Network® is the opportunity to share information, insight, and feedback between you and your fellow farmers. Stay up to date this planting season We are currently polling members to track U.S. progress for corn and soybeans during this year’s planting season. And luckily, you’ll be able to track those results right here on this page. Locking in on the correct data is important for all of us. Week ending June 1, 2021 This is the last week we're tracking soybean planting progress. Check out the data. Week ending May 24, 2021 Week ending May 20, 2021 Week ending May 13, 2021 Corn planting progress Soybean planting progress Week ending May 6, 2021 Week ending April 29, 2021 Share your feedback Keep an eye on your phone for our Poll SMS messages and please respond with your feedback.