How to Develop a Data-Driven Plan: Implement Changes Based on Insights

This is the third post in a three-part series on purposeful data collection and activation. Read part one on purposeful planning here and part two on farming the land you have here

The most important part of following a data-driven plan is making changes on your farm based on what you learn. Throughout the growing season, ideally you are analyzing the collected data, gaining insights and outlining learnings. Then, along with your trusted advisors, you’re taking those and implementing valuable changes to impact long-term success.

Living in a Data-Driven World

If you’re going to live in a data-driven world – and you should – you must accept what the data tell you. Good or bad. Expected or unexpected. This means being open to things going in a different direction than you want or anticipate.   

One Granular customer found that looking at annual plans, backed by historical data, helped them protect and effectively utilize investments in things like fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia storage. They’ve found that careful, data-driven planning has not only helped them to harness their purchasing power and responsibly supply their operation but it’s given them insight into their crop costs and profitability, as well. By analyzing different rotations and fields, they are effectively seeing where they’re making and losing money and adjusting accordingly.

Trusting data can help you see the most valuable choices – whether they’re easy to spot or take a bit of digging.

Collaboration is Simpler With Farm Management Software 

One of the benefits of using a tool like Granular Business to keep data and other information up to date and organized is the ability to share and collaborate with advisors in the same database. 

For example, during harvest last fall, another Granular customer used the profit analyzer tool to quickly compare real-time data from the field with years of farm financial data, ranging from cost of inputs to rental contracts. This allowed them to see exactly where their profits were on a per-acre basis. 

They were then able to get that information to their crop consultant to make real-time decisions about which type of fertilizer to use much faster than they would have on a spreadsheet-based system.

Collaboration with key stakeholders and advisors through a straightforward platform can not only save time, but also simplify the process for everyone involved, allowing you to get to solutions sooner.

Harvest Decisions Made Clear

Another excellent use for strong data-based insights is to help you prioritize your efforts during harvest. Using satellite imagery late in the growing season to evaluate corn plant health can help you locate which fields are declining most rapidly and should be prioritized for harvest. 

An example of this comes from a Granular Insights customer who received a “Scouting Priority” email that flagged to his agronomist to scout a particular field. The pair did some drone scouting of that field and found late-season weed pressure, so they quickly decided harvesting that field was a top priority.

Find Hidden Gems

Finally, using a farm data software system can have some unexpected perks. Recently, another Granular customer was reviewing his records and found they were owed a significant amount of money that was missed during the busy harvest season. 

No matter how you and your team use data, consistently capturing it can help you reap the rewards through impactful decisions that ultimately help your operation succeed.

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