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Top Three Ways Data Science Will Change AgTech in 2020

As part of the data science team here at Granular, I recently had the opportunity to convene a session on advances in agriculture at the largest earth sciences conference in the world, hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). This conference brought more than 20,000 scientists from a multitude of disciplines together to discuss the […]

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Making the Most of Growing Season 2019

The spring of 2019 has certainly been one for the history books. Between the flooding, excessive rainfall and mud that many in the Corn Belt have experienced, it’s been a frustrating year in farming for those who depend on Mother Nature to be a decent business partner. When you add in trade and commodity price […]

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Five Reasons to Farm Beyond Spreadsheets

When it comes to managing the wealth of information that comes with farming every year, many in ag have been using Excel spreadsheets for decades. However, with the increasing complexities of farming, dynamic decisions are required —and numbers are continually changing. And so the question becomes: can you make the best decisions for your operation […]

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What Percentage of Cropland Acres Are Absentee Owned?

According to the USDA’s 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) Survey, 39% of the 916M agricultural acres in the U.S. are rented. And a good portion of those rented acres are owned by individuals or partnerships who do not directly farm the land. There is speculation that absentee owners, cropland owners who […]

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How a Grower Used Granular to Uncover an 11% Profit Difference in Two Varieties

The most effective farm organizations use data to organize their production plans and make financially-driven decisions. There are common variables to consider when making these decisions that often include land costs, seed variety, fertilizers, and chemicals. Does your data help you make decisions based on the profitability of those variables? How much does your variety […]

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Five Reasons why Farm Spreadsheets are no Longer Viable

Making profitable farm business decisions is difficult. We get it. Farmers have been using Excel spreadsheets for decades, so why would you want to fix what’s not broken? With the complexities that come with farming, dynamic decisions are required. Can you make the best decisions based on completely static data in farm spreadsheets?   Due to […]

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Improve How to Measure the Financial Return on Your Fields

“Financial analysis” can be associated with a wide range of reports, terms, and metrics: income statement, P&L, break-even analysis, cash position, or net profit to name a few. While these are important indicators of your farm’s financial health, the best business decisions are supported by the right slice of data at the right time, analyzed […]

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Managing Farm Risk Like a Professional

For years, Wall Street traders have used sophisticated models to measure market risk. They’re buying and selling based on this data, and billions are on the line – they’re confident in the math behind these models. The USDA uses similar models to price insurance. Can the same techniques be used to help determine your chance […]

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