Author

Yaodong Hu, Ph.D., FBN Data Scientist

Yaodong Hu is a data scientist at FBN. His daily work involves analyzing real-world farm data that can help farmers optimize their yields and profits by making more informed, data-driven crop management decisions. Yaodong was previously a research assistant in quantitative genetics and statistics at the University of Wisconsin, where he also received his doctoral degree. Yaodong earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in animal science from the China Agricultural University in Beijing, China.


Articles Tools And Technology

Is On-farm Grain Storage Worth the Investment?

May 17, 2024

by FBN Network

Many farmers utilize on-farm grain storage to store and preserve their harvested grain while waiting for optimal market prices and avoiding costly freight prices at busy harvest times. Why Do Farmers Invest in On-farm Grain Storage?  Farmers invest in on-farm storage for a number of reasons. First,


May 16, 2024

by FBN Network

You may have noticed more generic insecticide products available from your retailer in recent years. Crop protection patents typically expire after 20 years, which opens the opportunity to generic alternatives that are usually more affordable. However, the phrase “you get what you pay for” may have



May 10, 2024

by FBN Network

Selecting the right sprayer nozzle for your needs involves considering several factors to ensure effective and efficient application of liquids, such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. The right nozzle will help you achieve your desired application rate, droplet size, and coverage while min


May 09, 2024

by FBN Network

Tap into the combined intelligence of hundreds of millions of acres of precision data shared anonymously by thousands of farmers when you use FBN. Here are five free analytics tools from FBN that can help your planting: Soil Temperature Map, Soil Type Maps, FBN Seed Finder, Yield Potential, Norm, th


May 08, 2024

by FBN Network

The terms “ mode of action ” and “ site of action ” are often used interchangeably when referring to herbicide classifications, but they’re not exactly the same. Understanding the difference between a herbicide’s mode of action and its site of action can help you build a successful weed control prog


May 07, 2024

by FBN Network

While “bird flu” — highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) type A (H5N1) — has been making headlines recently, the USDA says that pasteurization kills the pathogen. It confirms that dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are considered safe to consume . At this time, beef cows have not bee


May 06, 2024

by FBN Network

Have you ever wondered how all of the troublesome weeds in your fields got there in the first place? While many weeds are native to North America, some species were brought here accidentally or deliberately by early settlers. In fact, many non-native weeds were first introduced intentionally for med


Articles Livestock

3 Grass Turnout Best Practices

May 01, 2024

by FBN Network

This spring, it’s important to understand best practices during grass turnout so that you help keep your cattle healthy and promote breeding. Dr. Brian Dorcey, a veterinarian at Southwest Veterinary Services, and Dr. Monty Kerley, founder and lead researcher for Boveta Nutrition, LLC, break grass tu


Articles Practices

When to Apply a Wheat Fungicide

Apr 18, 2024

by FBN Network

Hit by El Niño this year, the southern United States has been experiencing “wetter than usual weather patterns and increased flooding,” as we reported in our free report “ How Will El Niño Impact U.S. Farmers This Year? ” In addition to the challenges of preparing seed beds and planting, excessive r