Author

Dan Zook


Article Farmer Perspective

The Battle for Margin - F2F17

Sep. 14, 2017

by Dan Zook

THE BATTLE FOR MARGIN  Join leaders from technology and the military as well as America's most pioneering farmers for discussion on the future of farming.  Session topics will include crop marketing strategies, the future of farm information, data science on the farm ,  the newest  FBN℠  products, and special offerings available only at the show!  And much more ! FBN MEMBERS: FREE  Limited Space Available! RESERVE YOUR TICKETS You're invited to join legendary Navy SEAL Team Six leader, Rob O'Neill, at  Farmer2Farmer  for a fascinating discussion on leadership under the most extreme conditions.  After another year of weak prices, volatitlity and industry consolidation, the American family farm is fighting for its future and independence. Where will the future of farm profitability come from? What new markets, tactics, and technologies are being used today to adapt? What strategies can be deployed now, for 2018? DECEMBER 13-15, 2017 Century Link Center -  Omaha , Nebraska Farmer2Farmer Room Price $119 (Omaha Hilton):  BOOK HERE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Rob O'Neill Fmr. SEAL Team Six Leader New York Times Bestselling Author 2x Silver Star, 4x Bronze Star Winner Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time and the author of the  New York Times  best-selling memoir  The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior . A former SEAL Team Six leader, he deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war.  In the world of high-pressure Navy SEAL missions, instant, critical decision-making is a necessity for success.  FARMER DISCUSSIONS FEATURING... AND MORE TO COME! GET TICKETS


Article FBN Network

Product Update: Yield Benchmarking

Aug. 17, 2017

by Dan Zook

FBN® Members can now benchmark their performance against a smaller radius of fields around their farm. Using FBN Analytics , FBN Members can see how their yields stack up against thousands of other advanced farmers. This is not just field benchmarking; it is yield diagnostics in action. Benchmark your performance against the average performance of similar farms in your county, region, or nationally and even against other dry-land or irrigated fields Evaluate each field on more than 12 factors Compare yields by nitrogen application, population, rainfall, hybrids, soil quality, rotation, tillage, and more Previously, we defaulted 'My Region' to 100 miles and did not show the region size or number of fields/acres in the region. Members can now filter the benchmark in Analyze My Operation to either 50 or 100 miles.  Members Click Here to See This Product Update In Action What is Benchmarking? What Exactly Changed?  Additionally, members can now see a range of the number of acres and number of fields used to generate the performance averages they are benchmarking against (Note: We always show a minimum of benchmarking group of 1,000 acres and 100 fields to protect members' privacy). Our members consistently tell us that it's difficult to interpret benchmarking without knowing how much data they are being benchmarked against and how close benchmarked fields are to their own farm. This change is a direct reponse to feedback from members. Why did we do this and why is this important?  Reducing the radius also addresses a common concern amongst members that FBN data is not sufficiently localized. For many members, a 100 mile radius is perceived as too large to be relevant.  If you have any questions about this update, do not hesitate to contact us at 844-200-FARM. As always, thanks for being a member. Members Click Here to See This Product Update In Action


Apr. 04, 2017

by Dan Zook

FBN SM  Yield Potential  helps you understand the likely yield performance of different seed varieties on your specific fields, and your specific soil types. Watch a short video. The Best Seed Varieties for Each of Your Fields FBN  Yield Potential - How it Works With  FBN  Yield Potential  you can see the seed varieties that are likely to perform best on each of your specific fields, or examine how the seeds you've selected are likely to perform on each of your fields.  Farmer's Business Network is able to provide these estimates by comparing the soil make up of your fields to the yield data we've collected from thousands of farms across millions of acres. The first step in using  FBN  Yield Potential is to select the field you want to analyze in the far left-hand navigation of your FBN account. Once you've selected a field to analyze, you'll be able to see the soil composition of that field based on US SSURGO soil maps. FBN Yield Potential displays a list of the seed varieties we expect will deliver the best yield performance on your field . Our yield estimates are based real data from real farmers and cover thousands of seed varieties spread on almost every soil type. You can explore the varieties that we expect will deliver the best yield, or search for the seed varieties you've already purchased and/or plan to use. If you already have your seed in the shed waiting to be planted, then you can u tilize FBN Yield Potential to see how your seeds are estimated to perform on each of your field's unique soil types. You can even narrow the comparision set with the filter bar near the top of the screen. Once you've picked a field and seed variety to analyze,  FBN Yield Potential will display the estimated yield you can expect if you use that specific seed variety on the field you're viewing (assuming a good weather year). And if you've created a favorite list of the seeds you've purchased for the year, FBN Yield Potential will automatically put the best estimated performer at the top of the list.  You can see how the estimated yield compares to the yield you generated on that field in the previous year, and set an expected commodity price to see your expected revenue per acre. Watch a Quick Tutorial Video For FBN Members: How to Find  FBN  Yield Potential Once you're signed into your  FBN  account you can navigate to FBN Yield Potential  by clicking through the following path: Analyze My Operation ---> Yield Potential Want to learn more about all the ways we can help you increase yield? - or - Call: (844) 200-FARM Dekalb, Specialty, and Channel are registered trademarks of the Monsanto Company. Pioneer is a registered trademark of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Beck’s is a trademark of Beck’s Hybrids. Federal Hybrids is a registered trademark of Federal Hybrids, Inc. LG Seeds is a trademark of LG Seeds. Wyffels is a registered trademark of Wyffels Hybrids. 


Mar. 27, 2017

by Dan Zook

FBN  Variety by Soil helps you achieve higher yields by uncovering how your seeds perform on each of your soil types. You can even benchmark your seed-to-soil combinations against average crop yields in your  region, county, state, or across the entire FBN Network of over 12.5 million acres . Benchmarking Your Seed-to-Soil Matches FBN  Variety by Soil - How it Works When you add your past planting and harvest data to Farmer's Business Network   you'll unlock the power of FBN Variety by Soil. We'll match the information from your planter and combine to SSURGO soil maps to identify which seeds you've planted on which soil types, and what yield you've generated from those seed-to-soil choices. For example, you can look at your corn crop from 2016 and see how each of your corn hybrids performed across all of the soil types in your operation. You can even drill down to see hybrid performance at the individual field level. Next, you can benchmark your crop yields against the average yield generated for a given crop during the same year.  In the screen shot above you can see that when our example farmer planted Dekalb ®  DKC57-92 on Raub soil, he was able to generate a yield 22.2% higher than the average corn yield for his region, but when DKC57-92 was planted on Varna he generated a yield 13.5% below his region's average corn yield. You can benchmark against your region (a 100 mile radius around your farm), your county, your state, or across the entire FBN national network of farms. For FBN Members: How to Find  Variety by Soil  Sign into your  FBN  account and navigate to Variety by Soil.  You can get there in two different ways: 1. Click on "Performance on My Soil Types"  in the FBN dashboard or  2. Click the following path:  Analyze My Operation ---> Varieties --> Variety by Soil The screen you see should look like this: Want to learn more about all the ways the FBN network can help you increase yield? - or - Call: (844) 200-FARM Agrigold is a registered trademark of Agrigold. Dekalb, Specialty, and Channel are registered trademarks of the Monsanto Company. Pioneer is a registered trademark of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Beck’s is a trademark of Beck’s Hybrids. Federal Hybrids is a registered trademark of Federal Hybrids, Inc. LG Seeds is a trademark of LG Seeds. Wyffels is a registered trademark of Wyffels Hybrids. 


Dec. 10, 2016

by Dan Zook

Farmer2Farmer  kicks off Monday evening in Omaha, Nebraska. Here are 8 things you'll miss if you're not at the show. 1. Networking with hundreds of the top farmers from 36 states.  2. Willie Robertson 's talk on building a strong family business.  3. Farmer Panels - focused on the important topics farmers face every day.  Learn more>> 4. AOL Founder Steve Case 's fireside chat on rural entrepreneurship.  5. Tom Osborne 's leadership lessons from a lifetime of excellence. 6. Farmers Business Network's new product announcements, personal training and help sessions.  7. Exclusive 1% discount on FBN Direct. 8. Live music, great food, & drinks Hear what farmers had to say about F2F15: FARMER2FARMER I, II, III, & IV HAVE COME AND GONE! BUT DON'T MISS FARMER2FARMER V! GET TICKETS BELOW:


Article FBN Network

Nov. 30, 2016

by Dan Zook

Farmer2Farmer is where the future of farming finds its voice. Connect with America's most advanced and productive farmers, data scientists and agronomists that are helping them farm smarter for three days of networking, product training and previews, and interactive panels. Building farms and farm businesses from scratch requires thinking differently. How do the most entrepreneurial farmers and ag entrepreneurs see opportunity, manage challenges, and build enterprises that make the most on their farms?   Farms are family businesses, and that poses unique challenges to farm entrepreneurs. How do the best family businesses build the right cultures and practices for multi-generational success?   Innovating means breaking away from the crowd and taking risks while facing no shortage of doubts and difficulties.  Whether it's innovating in water management technology, tillage and fertility practices, advanced precision ag, or social media, these growers have bucked the trends to take their farms to the next level.   Innovation takes many forms beyond just technical and scientific breakthroughs. Sometimes the most important innovations are novel business structures that leverage information and networks. This panel is all about learning from some of the most creative businesses in the FBN network. Join these world-class farmers and network with hundreds of other  FBN members from across the country at F2F16, December 12-14 in Omaha, NE.


Nov. 30, 2016

by Dan Zook

Farmer2Farmer is where the future of farming finds its voice. Connect with America's most advanced and productive farmers, data scientists and agronomists that are helping them farm smarter for three days of networking, product training and previews, and interactive panels. Building farms and farm businesses from scratch requires thinking differently. How do the most entrepreneurial farmers and ag entrepreneurs see opportunity, manage challenges, and build enterprises that make the most on their farms?   Farms are family businesses, and that poses unique challenges to farm entrepreneurs. How do the best family businesses build the right cultures and practices for multi-generational success?   Innovating means breaking away from the crowd and taking risks while facing no shortage of doubts and difficulties.  Whether it's innovating in water management technology, tillage and fertility practices, advanced precision ag, or social media, these growers have bucked the trends to take their farms to the next level.   Innovation takes many forms beyond just technical and scientific breakthroughs. Sometimes the most important innovations are novel business structures that leverage information and networks. This panel is all about learning from some of the most creative businesses in the FBN network. FARMER2FARMER I, II, III, & IV HAVE COME AND GONE! BUT DON'T MISS FARMER2FARMER V! GET TICKETS BELOW:


Nov. 15, 2016

by Dan Zook

After Farmer2Farmer last year, we asked the farmers what they thought about the conference. Here is what a few of them said. "Enlightening & an incredible change to network." - Doug D., Illinois "Best ag conference I've ever been to... This is where you'll find the future of farming." - Jonathan C., Illinois "A look into the future of your farm data and the resources available through FBN. I would highly encourage attendance by anyone even slightly interested." - Marti K., Minnesota "F2F is a unique opportunity to engage with like-minded farmers. It was an event completely unlike any "farmer" gathering I've ever attended. I finally understand big data and what it can do to add profit to my farm." - Brent R., Oklahoma " I thought the conference was one of the most thought provoking farmer education events I have attended. It sure was a think-out-of-the-box event and there was a different type of energy present than at a typical farm meeting.  - Chad I., Iowa FARMER2FARMER I, II, III, & IV HAVE COME AND GONE! BUT DON'T MISS FARMER2FARMER V! GET TICKETS BELOW:


Article Operational Management

How to Take Advantage of Your FBN Account Today

Oct. 29, 2016

by Dan Zook

Over 1 million acres of 2016 harvest data have already been analyzed by  FBN SM analytics! Here are a few quick ways to advantage of 2016 yield data in FBN to set yourself up for a stellar 2017 season.  See 2016's top performing seeds in your region in  FBN Seed Finder . Results are update daily.  Download FBN Seed Finder App for iOS .   Put the power of  Seed Finder in your hand and view top results within 100 miles.  Get variety performance profiles for over 2,150 seeds in FBN Seed Finder. Review how each seed responded to nitrogen, seeding rate, planting date, planting temperature, precipitation, and more!   Benchmark your 2016 yields with  FBN Benchmarking  and automatically highlight underperforming fields and factors that affected your yields.   Discover your seeds' profitibality  by uploading a seed invoice.   FBN automatically matches your seed prices to your precision data to show you seed costs per field and finds your most profitable seeds.  Use  FBN Yield Potential  to see the top performing seed varieties for the soil types in your fields! We're here to help add data to your account and utilize the powerful analytics in your  FBN  account. Call us anytime at (844)200-FARM or email support@farmersbusinessnetwork.com .


Oct. 21, 2016

by Dan Zook

You're invited to join legendary entrepreneur,  Willie Robertson  at Farmer2Farmer Join  Willie  for a captivating discussion on hard learned lessons from running one of America's most unique family businesses! About Willie Robertson: Willie Robertson is the CEO and resident prankster of Duck Commander. Over the years, he has taken the company from a living room operation to a premiere destination for all things outdoors. Willie says his negotiation and sales skills were cultivated at a young age, when he and his mother, Kay, sold fish at the market. In 2006, Willie expanded the family's brand to include more than just duck calls with the launch of Buck Commander. Willie and the “Buckmen” travel throughout the country chasing white-tailed deer and enjoying time at the hunting camp. They also find time to make the Buckmen series of DVDs along with the popular television show Buck Commander: Protected by Under Armour on the Outdoor Channel. As the executive producer of Duck Dynasty and Buck Commander, Willie is able to combine his passion for the outdoors with his natural ability to entertain. While the Robertsons' story is a great example of entrepreneurship and dedication, it is also about love, faith and putting family first. You can read more about Willie and his wife Korie in the New York Times bestseller, The Duck Commander Family. Willie loves enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, especially at his home in West Monroe, La., with his wife Korie and their children John Luke, Sadie, Will, Bella, Rowdy and foster daughter, Rebecca. When he is not working, you might find Willie on his tractor bush-hogging a field – earphones blaring as he conceives the next idea to keep his companies ahead of the game. Get Your F2F16 Ticket Today! December 12-14, 2016 - Omaha, Nebraska FBN member tickets are FREE but limited quantities are available! Click to View Other Popular Blog Posts Powered by Eventbrite !  You know  Willie  best for starring in A&E's mega hit series  Duck Dynasty , but behind the beard,  Willie  is also one of America's savviest entrepreneu rs.  As CEO of Duck Commander,  Willie  has steered a small family business from the bayou of Louisiana to a outdoor lifestyle mega force.