Tools And Technology


New agricultural technologies have tremendous potential to improve farmer efficiency and profit potential, while at the same time meeting growing regulatory and consumer pressure to enhance sustainability.  However, adoption of new technologies is sometimes slowed down by the scarcity of data on how new technologies perform in the real world. Testing in labs, greenhouses and small plots on research farms can be a critical part of the development process. But it doesn’t always provide enough information about how new technologies will work at scale on real-world farms under diverse and realistic farming conditions.  An innovative solution to agricultural technology testing  These testing challenges led FBN® to launch the Innovators Research League , a game-changing approach to new product development and testing that can accelerate and improve the way in which technologies are commercialized and distributed to farmers. FBN partners with dozens of leading technology developers to test their technologies — including innovations in biologicals, other crop inputs, and even equipment and robotics — in the real world through large-scale, on-farm trials with FBN members .  These rigorous trials get around these typical limitations by testing new products at scale in realistic conditions on actual farms, generating unbiased data to validate performance in different environments and establish credibility with growers. These carefully managed trials generate statistically robust data on product performance, and help speed the path to commercialization — with FBN providing a possible path to market for technologies that show the most potential in these on-farm trials.  Looking ahead to 2023 season trials As the 2022 trial season nears its close, FBN is eagerly looking ahead to the 2023 season and planning is already well underway. (Technology developers can submit interest here .)   One 2023 trial partner we’re excited to highlight is Solinftec , a leading agricultural technology company with an exciting innovation in ag robotics. Solinftec has developed a cutting-edge, autonomous, fully electric robot that promises to transform the way farmers manage their fields. The “Solix” robot provides real-time in-field scouting data, including pest and disease identification, nutrient deficiency detection, and crop health assessments, as well as a novel platform for the precise, targeted application of crop protection products. This technology is particularly exciting because of its potential to drive improvements in efficiency, sustainability and profit potential for farmers. "Solinftec focuses on solving structural problems in agricultural management and offers solutions that genuinely promote low-impact agriculture, while reducing cost and improving yields,” said Leonardo Carvalho, Solinftec’s director of operations. “Solinftec sees FBN as the ideal partner with shared values in helping farmers.”  On-farm testing with FBN members will begin in 2023 in the Midwest with the goal of expanding to other geographies in the future. Stay tuned for updates on the field testing and possible future commercial offerings! Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network” and “FBN” are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc.


Article Tools And Technology

What Is the ROI of Regenerative Ag?

May 31, 2022

by Brant Caley

You likely have some understanding of what regenerative agriculture is – but just in case you don’t – it’s defined as deploying farm practices that improve the health of your soil. Reducing tillage, planting cover crops, and reducing synthetic fertilizers are among the regenerative practices that have been credited with improving soil health. The benefits associated with regenerative agriculture are generally accepted as good but are hard to quantify.  The big question is — will these practices increase your bottom line? And if so, how? Let's unpack the different ways that regenerative agriculture can affect the profitability of your farm. Reducing tillage The pendulum has swung back and forth on reduced and no-till tillage practices. According to a 2020 , three-fourths of FBN® members now practice no-till or minimum tillage. Reducing tillage leads to reduced soil erosion and increased carbon in your soil. Short-term ROI is easy to calculate for switching from conventional to no-till. According to a report by the University of Illinois , a disk ripper + field cultivator tillage program can cost over $35/acre. Eliminating this pass may immediately impact your bottom line. In most cases this reduction in tillage will lead to a need for an additional herbicide pass, which can typically cost $20-$25/acre, but that cost is ordinarily more than covered. Additional considerations are required (soil compaction, planter durability), but if no-till can work on your farm, the potential ROI is clear.   ROI Potential =  $10/acre per year Planting cover crops Planting a cover crop can extend the window of soil coverage on your farm. A well established cover crop has been shown to reduce soil erosion, improve crop resilience, and lead to increased carbon in your soil. The cost of a cover crop is easy to quantify. Prior to recent spikes in input costs, farmers were found to spend anywhere between $15/ac to upwards of $75/ac to implement a cover crop program in their operation. Additionally, NRCS reported state-by-state cost-sharing programs offsetting cover crop seed costs by 50-100% for approved programs in some states. Contact your local NRCS office for more information about cover cropping systems in your area. "In 2020, a study of FBN members reported corn crops following a cover crop were often more productive with yield averages around 4.5 bu/acre higher. New crop cash corn prices for fall delivery (as of early May 2022) are hovering around $7/bu; in this scenario, taking that yield boost into consideration at these prices, a farmer will see a benefit of $31.50/acre. Based on these findings, ROI potentials can range from $10/acre-$35/acre per year. Many soybean producers have indicated similar trends equating to positive ROI as well; FBN is currently studying these trends." ROI Potential = $10/acre-$35/acre per year Improve crop nutrient efficiencies  So improved yield resilience almost covers the cost of planting cover crops, but a bit more is needed to flip “green” the ROI analysis. Fortunately, planting cover crops and reducing tillage can improve nutrient retention, ultimately,  reducing the demand of synthetic fertilizers  By improving organic matter and unlocking the nutrients already in your soil and keeping them in place, it's possible to reduce the application of  nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium after adopting no-till and cover crops.   Each farm is different; the right factors need to be taken into consideration  and test strips should be performed before farm-wide implementation of cover crops and other regenerative practices. In the right scenarios, fertilizer demand can be greatly reduced through incorporating systems that limit nutrient leaching, utilize cover crops that can fixate nitrogen, and improve the overall soil health which may increase the storage capacity of nutrients within the soil.  It's possible to start reducing your P and K in year-three of implementing regenerative agriculture.  Reductions depend on your soil and practices, but improved soil health can contribute to 15 pounds per acre of P in year-three and 20 pounds per acre in year-five. A reduction of 10 pounds per acre of K can be achieved by year-three with some long-term scenarios benefiting producers up to 30 pounds per acre.   Reducing nitrogen is a bit more complicated. Implementing reduced tillage and cover crops can reduce the need for nitrogen over time, especially if a nitrogen fixing cover crop is used, but the significant reductions, up to 40 pounds per acre in year-five, will more likely come from precision management and application of nitrogen in addition to regenerative practices. Applying nitrogen using the “ four Rs ” (right source, right rate, right time, and right place) can lead to immediate reductions in nitrogen.   Reducing fertilizers can provide noticeable returns on investments but are typically spread over multiple years.  Patience and continued evaluations of an operation can yield significant savings over time.  ROI Potential = $18-$50/acre/year fertilizer savings over five years, fertilizer savings Summary In summary, regenerative agriculture can have a positive ROI impact immediately.  The range of ROI depends on your operation, equipment, and soil but has the potential to significantly impact your bottom line.  The key to successfully adopting regenerative agriculture is to adopt these practices without a reduction in yield.  Gradable Plan offers soil sampling and expert agronomy recommendations to help you have a smooth transition.   What’s your experience generating an ROI with various regenerative agriculture practices? Let us know in the Community Forum. NOTE: Recent, current and future volatilization in markets and costs may impact above scenarios and ROI potential on your operation. Disclaimer : The views and opinions are solely those of the author as of the date of publication, are subject to change at any time due to market or economic conditions, will not be updated or supplemented after the date hereof and may not necessarily come to pass. Neither Farmer’s Business Network Inc. (FBN) nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.  Copyright ©2022 Gradable. “Gradable” and the Gradable logo are registered trademarks of Gradable LLC.


Apr 12, 2022

by Simon Uphill

First of all, what is AgTech? Agriculture technology is the use of technology in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture with the aim of improving yield, efficiency and profitability for farm managers and growers.  Today’s farms and agricultural operations are vastly different than those a few decades ago, primarily because of advancements in technology, including devices, sensors, machines and information technology. Contemporary ag entities routinely use sophisticated technologies such as aerial images, temperature and moisture sensors, robots and GPS technology. These devices have allowed many businesses in the ag industry to become more profitable, efficient, safer and environmentally friendly. AgTech can take many forms and can also include any of the below:  Drones  IoT-based sensor networks Phase tracking  Weather forecasts  Automated irrigation  Light and heat control  Biotech  Software for disease prediction and soil management Farmers have been quite slow in adopting this technology for the past decade, primarily because of operational traditions and ambivalence to invest dollars into innovations that are unfamiliar and for some who believe there is little to no return on their investment. With this in mind, there has been a shift in this mindset over the last few years as the workforce in farming begins to move into millennials, Bizwise Industries predicting that millennials will drive 75% of the technological change in the farming industry. This is hugely important as precision ag is reported by HexaReports , to reach $43.4 billion by 2025. Why ‘smart’ farming is created by AgTech? What most people still don’t realise is that ‘smart’ farming is very different from the traditional concept of farming. Many see the image of the farmer as someone carrying a pitchfork and riding a tractor, however the new generation of farmers can run their farms from an app on their phone while flying a drone and utilising a wide range of sensors and machine - learning capabilities. Today’s agriculture industry is no longer constrained only to large fields of crops, with the help of AgTech we can now grow food indoors in a number of urban environments. Rethinking modern agriculture will be imperative to innovating against global food shortages and ensuring survival. It is clear to see that most current forms of agriculture pose existential threats to the food system, with the way we produce food exacerbating climate change, which in turn threatens our food supply. This circular problem requires a fundamental shift to the way we farm and produce food of all types. Overall technology disruptions in emerging markets have a fit and purpose but none more so than the agriculture industry. The focus of AgTech disruption is not on consumer convenience or entertainment, but on something far more important - the collective survival of mankind. As the world grows and as we face more and more natural disasters brought on by climate change, we as a population are going to have to adopt more efficient practices to produce enough food for a global population. Learn more To find out more about our data platform and how it can help you make better on farm decisions, please visit www.fbn.com/en-au/insights . Sources https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2021/01/05/agtech-a-new-world-of-innovation-opportunities/?sh=25f4204d4acd https://bitwiseindustries.com/blogs/category-blog-agtech/ https://www.alltech.com/blog/how-ag-tech-can-improve-sustainable-agriculture Copyright © 2021 - 2022 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "FBN", "Farmers First", "Farmers Business Network", and "FBN Direct" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. The material provided is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for specific legal, consulting or any other professional advice. Neither Farmer’s Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed. The information and opinions expressed by others in this material are their own and are not endorsed or approved by FBN or its affiliates.


Mar 09, 2022

by German Mandrini

The Economic Optimum N Rate (EONR) is the N rate that can help maximize profit potential for a given field. Many methods promise farmers that they would predict the EONR of their fields with higher accuracy and, consequently, increase their profits. Some are simple, require few inputs, and provide recommendations that do not change for particular years or fields and instead are designed to work well on average across a wide range of growing conditions. Among these is the Maximum Return to Nitrogen tool (MRTN), the current recommendation system promoted in the US Midwest, based on decades of real-world trials conducted by several universities in the area. Some other methods are complex and usually require specific inputs at the field level or sometimes for different soils inside the field. Every year, they provide a particular N recommendation, varying according to the soil and crop conditions. A fundamental assumption of these recommendation methods is that an improved prediction accuracy – will save N inputs when possible, improving economic and environmental outcomes. Are those complex tools better? So far, studies have shown that complex methodologies struggle to increase farmers' profits, which explains why adoption remains low. A recent study covering 49 sites and three years of trials help explain the reasons. In that study, they compared many N recommendations tools available nowadays, including tools that require site-specific soil information  (e.g., PPNT, PSNT) or complex simulations programs (e.g., Maize-N) and simpler tools that provide a stable recommendation for a broad region (e.g., MRTN). Among 31 tools, the MRTN was the tool that best maximized profitability. Additionally, they also measured the environmental outcome of the tools, shown by how much N is lost from the soil-crop system, and complex tools did not provide consistently better results in that aspect either.  Another study compared MRTN with a complex tool that used machine learning, soil sampling, weather, and crop information to improve the accuracy of the predictions. They found that the complex tool slightly increased the accuracy of the recommendation, but that did not translate into higher profits. The reason is that predicting EONR is challenging since it depends on the balance between what the crop needs and what the soil will provide, and both are unknown at the time of making a decision. The EONR is highly variable across fields, and it changes every year even in the same field. In that context, complex methods can not achieve an accuracy high enough to meet their promise of increasing profits and many times recommend N rates that are far from what the real EONR need was. Simpler methods, with static N recommendations that work well in most situations, escape that problem, and never recommend N rates far from the target, as it happens with the complex tools. From an environmental point of view, they concluded MRTN used at the low end of their recommended N range achieves similar N losses than the complex tool. So, how does MRTN work? Experts from the universities' extension service divided the area into regions with similar soil and crop growing conditions. They conducted trials with several N rates in those regions for multiple years. In each of those trials, we can obtain what is known as the profits response curve to N, which shows what the profits for increasing N rates are. Then they averaged all the profits curves for multiple trials and finally selected the N rate that maximizes the return to N -that's where the name comes from. Every year, new trials are conducted, and the MRTN calculation is updated to keep it current with new hybrids and any change in weather patterns that affect the response.  The MRTN is an improvement over old methodologies known as yield-based approaches -i.e., the 1.2 lb. N per bushel of expected yield. Those methods were developed in the 1970s and suggested that higher yield potentials require higher N rates. Over time, researchers understood that in the US Midwest, the EONR was not very much related to yield at the EONR rate, meaning that high-yielding corn needs more N but not necessarily more Nitrogen fertilizer. Part of the reason is that conditions that lead to higher yields, like higher rain and temperature, also lead to higher mineralization which increases the N provided by the soil and reduces the need for fertilizer. Seeing this lack of relationship, researchers decided to move in a different direction, and that's how they created the MRTN, which is based on the N rate that maximized profits in a region instead of focusing on yield.  In summary, the MRTN is a methodology based on real data that has proved to maximize profits, even when compared with tools that use advanced technology to provide site-specific recommendations. The MRTN is also an improvement over yield-based methods that tend to recommend higher N rates than actually needed, reducing profits for farmers. *Mineralization: The release of nitrogen from soil organic matter in a form that plants can use. Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, Farmers First flag logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN," and "Farmers First" are registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 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Sep 15, 2021

by Brian Paff

There’s a lot to keep up with when you’re farming. You’ve got to maintain records of seed varieties planted, chem purchases, field maps, pesticide and fertilizer applications, scale tickets and more.  And organizing all of this information in a way that lets you access it when needed and use it to support your operation can be a challenge, to say the least. Is it in 3-ring binders and file cabinets? Stored in spreadsheet files on USB drives? Sorted by field? By date? By operation or landowner? By year or by crop?  On top of all that, you’re already busy. Throughout the crop year, you are spending a majority of your time doing the actual fieldwork for which all of that record keeping accounts. So carving out time to analyze data and make decisions with it can be tough. Track all your on-farm activities with one easy-to-use app What you need is a simple, streamlined way to document and manage data for your operation, and that’s where the FBN® app and its built-in record keeping tools — included in your free FBN member account* — come into the picture. Start managing your farm’s record keeping in one app. Become an FBN member today Within the My Operation tab in your FBN account, you can easily log, organize and access your farm’s activities and information from the convenience of your mobile phone or desktop computer. Once you’ve entered field boundaries or uploaded precision files to your account, you can start tracking field-by-field planting information, tillage, fertilizer and chemical applications, free satellite imagery and yield data — all in one place.  You can also manually add scouting notes and document pest pressure in order to stay on top of each individual field. Plus you can grant access to other farmers on your operation to use the app to ensure everyone on your team has the insights they need to make confident, informed decisions. Furthermore, you can upload invoices for seed and crop protection products to keep track of your input expenses and manage contracts and bids, sales and more using FBN® Profit Center. Our record keeping software works with MyJohnDeere℠ and AFS Connect™ (Case New Holland Industrial) as well, allowing you to seamlessly integrate data from either platform into your FBN account. Gain insights from a network of farmers The benefits of having all of your operational data organized in one central location and right at your fingertips are obvious. But when you enter specific data into your FBN account, you’re then able to unlock corresponding insights developed from anonymized information contributed by other farmers across the network.  If you add harvest data from the most recent year, for example, you can access detailed yield data for more than 5,000 seed products in FBN® Seed Finder .  You can also then leverage network data to benchmark your farm’s performance according to various parameters you choose to better evaluate your own practices and decision-making.  Adding invoices to your account will also give you access to FBN® Price Transparency . Upload a crop protection product invoice, for example, and you can then use Price Transparency when shopping for pesticides . In the same way, contributing a seed invoice enables Price Transparency when browsing seed products in Seed Finder.  And, for U.S. farmers, uploading a seed tag unlocks seed relabeling information to help you determine if the same seed genetics are being sold under other brand names. Your data will always remain completely secure and anonymous on an individualized basis, and will never be shared with other farmers or third parties without your consent.  Create your free account to start using FBN Benchmarking Ready to get a more accurate picture of your farm’s performance? Sign up for a free member account and upload some planting/seeding and harvest data to put Benchmarking to work on your operation. * Access to My Operation record keeping tools is included with free FBN membership; fees may apply for certain product and service offerings other than membership. Free membership is currently available to Canadian farmers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. MyJohnDeere is a trademark of Deere & Company. AFS Connect™ is a trademark of CNH Industrial America LLC. Roundup PowerMAX® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology, LLC. InVigor® and LibertyLink® are registered trademarks of BASF Canada Inc. © 2015-2021 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, “FBN Direct”, “Farmers First” and the Farmers First flag logo are registered trademarks and service marks of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates and are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Sep 13, 2021

by Jayant Ahalawat

It’s that time of year once again. Across North America, farmers are looking over their fields and wondering what to expect on the yield monitor when they roll through. If you’re like most farmers, you probably have your preferred method for making an educated guess when it comes to yield. Perhaps you review harvest data from previous years and make updates according to factors unique to this year. Or you might count ears in row feet and count kernels on representative ears to come up with an estimate.  But what if there was a more streamlined, data-driven way to predict yield? What impact would it make if you could periodically gain insight on what your numbers might be when harvest arrives? Ready to maximize your farm’s profit potential? Become an FBN ® member today A data-driven approach to yield prediction Available exclusively to FBN members, our Yield Prediction tool conveniently delivers in-season updates every third day in the My Operation tab of the FBN app on your desktop or mobile phone.  These estimates are derived from a variety of factors, including: location field yield history regional yield history weather data  satellite imagery agronomic data—including variety planted, soil type and planting date The more data you contribute from your farm, the more informed your estimates will be. Our tool also aggregates these yield predictions, showing you state and national averages. Access to this level of insight can help you make in-season application decisions and inform your seed selection game plan for the next crop year. Plus, we’re rolling out some exciting new updates this year: App Integration Now the Yield Prediction tool is fully integrated into the FBN app—both mobile and desktop versions—putting the data right at your fingertips. And, of course, you can still access yield predictions in the My Reports section of your account. Diversified Crops We’ve expanded the crops covered by Yield Prediction; in addition to corn and soybeans, now you can get in-season yield estimates for your canola and wheat crops as well. More Data for More Members With the addition of these new crops and increased data contribution across the network, Canadian farmers will now enjoy more robust functionality of the Yield Prediction tool within the FBN app. To utilize FBN Yield Potential, simply add a planting event to the My Operation tab in your member account and our tool will analyze available data to show you your predicted yield for that field. Become a member today Join a global network of farmers — 30,000+ strong and growing — who are already taking advantage of the opportunity to reduce their cost of production and maximize the value of their crops. Become an FBN member today . Yield predictions are based on statistical and agronomic models, research and data (including historical weather and agronomic data), and information provided by other FBN members and you, to generate the estimates and other information we provide. These do not guarantee actual results. Our models, data and recommendations may change over time. Individual results may vary, as weather, agronomic conditions and farming practices differ across growers, locations and years. Consult your agronomist and other service professionals before making financial, risk management and farming decisions. Invigor® and LibertyLink® are registered trademarks of BASF Canada, Inc. © 2015-2021 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, “FBN Direct”, “Farmers First” and the Farmers First flag logo are registered service marks and “F2F Genetics Network” is a trademark of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates and are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Sep 08, 2021

by Brian Paff

Today’s farmers know the value satellite imagery can bring to their operation. It has the potential to serve as your scout in the sky, giving you a bird’s eye view of your crops with regular progress updates and an overview of stress spots you may not notice from the ground. With a free FBN® membership*, you can put our satellite imagery tools to work on your farms and fields at no cost to your operation. Get satellite imagery for your farm. Become an FBN ® member today How does satellite imagery work in the FBN app? Once you enter field boundaries into your FBN member account, we’ll provide you with EVI (Enhanced Vegetation Index) images to help you track progress throughout the growing season. EVI images assess vegetation biomass by looking at the difference in light reflected in near-infrared and visible bands, compensating for atmospheric distortions and those due to the ground cover below the canopy.  In addition, EVI has higher sensitivity to dense vegetation and can provide an indication of the stage of crop growth and health.  Our application uses three layers of imagery, each giving you a unique perspective of individual fields on your operation:  Absolute - Can show how far along a crop is in its growth, identify the variation of vegetative vigor within a field and compare a field’s vegetative growth against other fields on the operation. Relative - Amplifies the variation of the absolute layer across a green to red color scale. This layer is used to identify the variation of vegetative growth within a single field. Raw - Provides a raw image of the field on the date the image was taken. This layer can be used to identify clouds or shadows of clouds that might be showing up in the EVI layers. By using multiple layers across various stages of crop development, our satellite imagery provides you with a very high level of usable imagery for your fields.  From the convenience of your mobile phone, you can see how weather events such as wind or hail storms affected your crops, where weeds may need to be addressed and more. You can also enable push notifications within the app to alert you when meaningful changes in the imagery data occur. New images are loaded every five to seven days, and members can access images going back 12 months. Satellite imagery informs the FBN Yield Prediction tool Weighing factors such as satellite imagery data, field location, field and regional yield history, weather and other agronomic data, our FBN Yield Prediction tool delivers in-season updates ** every three days to your mobile phone or desktop application.  Access to these estimates — and receiving updated values throughout the year — can help you make all-important decisions about in-season applications as well as seed selection for the following crop year. The Yield Prediction tool currently covers corn, beans, canola and wheat.  All you have to do is add corresponding planting events to your fields in your FBN app and the tool will be able to begin generating predicted yields for each field; the more data you contribute, the more informed your estimates will be. Create your free account and start making the most of satellite imagery  Want the field scouting support satellite imagery can provide? Sign up for a free member account and enter your field boundaries to get set up with satellite imagery for your operation. * Fees may apply for certain product and service offerings other than FBN membership. Free membership is currently available to Canadian farmers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. ** Yield predictions are based on statistical and agronomic models, research and data (including historical weather and agronomic data), and information provided by other FBN members and you, to generate the estimates and other information we provide. These do not guarantee actual results. Our models, data and recommendations may change over time. Individual results may vary, as weather, agronomic conditions and farming practices differ across growers, locations and years. Consult your agronomist and other service professionals before making financial, risk management and farming decisions. © 2015-2021 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, “FBN Direct”, “Farmers First” and the Farmers First flag logo are registered trademarks and service marks of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates and are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Aug 25, 2021

by Brian Paff

Finding the right seed is foundational for any farming operation. You can’t change your soil type or how much rainfall you’ll get, after all, but you can choose the best seeds for your unique environmental conditions—and that has the potential to make a big impact on your bottom line.  It’s difficult to know what will work on your farm, though. You’re often left to trust one-sided trials from seed companies or yield discussions over morning coffee.  That’s why FBN Seed Finder can play such an important role in your seed selection decisions for the upcoming year.  Put FBN Seed Finder to work on your farm. Become an FBN ® member today A key decision-making tool within your free FBN member account *, Seed Finder lets farmers who upload a seed invoice and some basic information access our robust price and performance database, driven by millions of acres of farmer-contributed data for a wide range of hybrids and varieties. Get real-world insights on seed varieties With Seed Finder at your fingertips, you can browse our database to explore and analyze any number of possibilities for your farm. Want to know how that soybean variety you saw at a local field day actually performs in the real world on our members’ farms? Looking to find out which canola hybrids have delivered results under a certain set of conditions and practices? Need to see all of your seed corn options within a particular maturity range? Farm-tested answers to these questions and more are built into Seed Finder to help you plan for next season and make confident decisions about which seeds to plant.  And best of all, you can view these insights all in one place from the convenience of your mobile phone. See yield potential and seed recommendations for your specific fields FBN Yield Potential is another key component of the Seed Finder experience.  Located under the My Operation tab in your member account, this tool generates field-specific recommendations for hybrids and varieties based on available data for certain soil types, weather conditions, planting practices and other agronomic factors, such as irrigation and drainage. You can adjust filters according to your plans and practices and explore other recommended hybrids and varieties that match your budget, brand preference and more. In our hypothetical example, you can see that Channel® 210-79 is recommended—with an estimated yield potential of 230.7 bushels per acre, on average—for this particular field based on the information provided and farm-tested insights.  You can also explore estimated yield potential for other top seeds in our database under the same set of field conditions and practices as well as compare them with favorites you might have planted in the past. Shop smarter with price transparency Yield is only part of the net seed revenue equation, though. You have to find the right seed at the right price if you are going to maximize your profit potential. We’ve built price transparency into Seed Finder to help you see what others are paying for the same hybrid or variety.  After you upload a seed invoice of your own, you can leverage our database of more than 43,500 seed invoices on more than 1,400 seed varieties to gain a clearer picture of real-world seed prices. You can see the lowest, highest and average prices paid for individual seed varieties by members who contributed invoices.  With this price transparency in hand, you can either negotiate a better deal, keep shopping or look for a different seed variety altogether. Create your free account and start making the most of FBN Seed Finder Ready to take advantage of FBN Seed Finder and its many features? Sign up for a free member account and upload your first seed tag and invoice to start making more confident seed selection decisions for your operation today. Pioneer® is a registered trademark of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Channel®, Stone™ and Dekalb® are registered trademarks of Bayer Group. Beck’s™ is a trademark of Beck’s Hybrids. AcreMax®, Rev®, Nutech®, Agventure®, Hoegemeyer™ and Intrasect® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. Seed Consultants® is a registered trademark of Seed Consultants, Inc. * Fees may apply for certain product and service offerings other than FBN membership. Free membership is currently available to Canadian farmers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. ** Estimated yield reflects seed's performance in a good year, based on data contributed by member farmers and selected soil type and other agronomic factors. Past performance does not guarantee future results. © 2015-2021 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, “FBN Direct”, “Farmers First” and the Farmers First flag logo are registered trademarks and service marks of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates and are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Jul 09, 2021

by FBN Network

We achieved a little goal we had set for ourselves. It wasn’t anything that set the world on fire. But it was a success worth celebrating. And just like winning the Super Bowl, or the World Series, or even a Sunday afternoon game at the local baseball field — teams celebrate together and give credit where it’s due. So we’re inviting all of you — our FBN®  members — to celebrate with us because we achieved this goal with you, and because of you. What was the little goal we achieved together? With the survey responses you provided about the crops you intended to plant (March) and then what you actually planted (June), we took that data, crunched the numbers, and published both our 2021 Planting Report and then our Acreage Report .  And those reports ended up being substantially spot on with the USDA Planting and Acreage Reports. We used USDA and Refinitiv data to put together charts from both the soybean acres planting forecast and the acreage forecasts. You can see there was almost no discernible difference between the USDA and FBN projections. To many people, this may not seem like it’s even worth celebrating. But for us, we’re a data company, and we think it’s a big deal. And not because of the attention it can draw to FBN , but because it’s yet another way we are fulfilling the vision we wrote on the first Farmers Business Network® website back in 2013 — “helping America's farmers to make better decisions, one field at a time.”  Farmers entrust their data to us, and well, as our website in 2015 stated , “Together, we are unlocking the power of agronomic data.” As those two examples from our past illustrate, working with Farmers, working with data, and putting Farmers First® have been in our DNA since day 1. And it is that commitment that is separating FBN from the pack.  Many companies and analysts use the same public data sources to form their expectations. As a result of using the same data sources, the conclusions they reach are similar and self-reinforcing. For example, look at the chart below. Which companies do you think are making projections based on a large network of farmer members vs. publicly available data (hint… one company has a network in its name and often goes by FBN!)? But to beat the market, you need reliable data And in this case, reliable data is not available in the public sources, so many others leverage it. In ag markets, what matters greatly is what you, the Farmers, are doing. The choices and actions you make every day are the sources of truth and are central to market action. So when FBN  aggregates data from our members and shares a report back to them or uses that data to make trade suggestions—that is the reliable data needed to beat the big companies and hedge funds. When you receive a FBN email asking you to complete a planting survey, or one of the other surveys or research requests—please take a few minutes to complete it. Because this is how we and the thousands of FBN members work together as a team. And that collaboration is the key to making our network work, so we can all celebrate. With that in mind we just want to say thank you, not only to the members who completed the planting survey, but all our members who are part of this network we’re building. This little success is ours, together. And together, we’ll achieve even greater successes in the future.


Jun 03, 2021

by FBN Network

FBN ® recently announced a milestone of reaching 25,000 members. As our community of family farmers continues to grow, more and more farmers are realizing the benefits of being an FBN member.  When you join FBN , you’ll be able to make more confident decisions that could improve your bottom line through data-backed, farm-tested insight via our global farmer community.  You’ll also have access to cutting edge marketing and sustainability services like Gradable™.  And you’ll have the potential to reduce your cost of production through great value crop inputs.  If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be eligible to reap the benefits of our new Win-Win Farmer Referral Program ( see terms for full details ). Sign up to become a member of FBN today. How to qualify for the farmer referral program You must be a current member of Farmers Business Network ® .  The person you refer must be a Qualified Farming or Ranching Enterprise*. The farmer you refer must be new to FBN Direct and make a first-time minimum $5,000 purchase between June 3, 2021 - August 31, 2021. Refer a farmer to get a $250 credit to the FBN Direct store All current FBN members have a unique referral code that you can share with your friends and neighbors. It’s really simple to find your referral code when you login to your FBN Account. Once you’re logged in, just go to “Account > My Profile > Enterprise” in the top right-hand section of your browser. From there, you’ll see “Your Referral Code.” How to redeem the credit Refer your farmer friends and have them create a free account on FBN.com Your referrals can then build a qualifying order of $5,000 or more in the FBN Direc t store.  If they do build a qualifying offer, when they check out, they will input your unique referral code to instantly save $250 off their first order. Once steps 1 through 3 above are completed, FBN will also place a $250 credit in your account, which you can use until September 30, 2021. It’s a win-win! For more information, please read the full terms and conditions of the new FBN Direct Referral Program. Copyright © 2014 - 2021 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, and “FBN Direct” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. Products sold or distributed through FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Please check with your local extension service to ensure registration status.  "Gradable” and the Gradable logo are registered trademarks of Gradable LLC. To qualify as “New to FBN Direct,” the member must be a new farm enterprise purchasing inputs from FBN Direct for the first time and not an existing FBN Direct customer creating a new account under the same farm enterprise. The minimum purchase must be $5,000 and be completed between June 1 2021 - August 31, 2021. The referring FBN Member will receive a $250 credit for referrals that meet this criteria, which will be valid until September 30, 2021. FBN Community Builders, FBN employees, their families and their farm entities are not eligible for this program.  *A Qualified Farming or Ranching Enterprise is defined as follows: A farmer or rancher living and working within the 50 states of the U.S.A. who is: (a) a legal resident of the U.S.A.; (b) 18 years of age or older at time of purchase; (c) a first-time FBN Direct customer (d) actively engaged in farming at least 100 acres. “Actively engaged in farming” is defined as an individual who performs farming work and is responsible for hiring/managing others on his/her farm. FBN Community Builders, FBN employees, their families and their farm entities are not eligible for this program.