What could I have done differently? Farmers often contemplate this question – a gap exists between theorised maximum crop yield and the result in reality. To narrow this distance, big data centre Agrimetrics is developing 'Data Combine' a benchmarking app that uses industry data to compare performance. It will be demonstrated at the Royal Norfolk Show's 'Innovation Hub'.
Agrimetrics has defined the core datasets that are essential for different agri-food applications – including soil maps, meteorology (historic and forecast), field parameters, land use and environmental surveys – and has captured this data in a consistent format on its data platform. This allows diverse datasets to be used together to reveal new information.When farmers were asked what they would find most useful, benchmarking performance proved to be at the top of the list.Agrimetrics Data Combine
David Flanders, CEO of Agrimetrics, explains: "Farmers said they wanted the app to be compatible with other industry benchmarking schemes; to offer a high degree of security and anonymity for farm data. It provides a transparent source of industry data, so its credibility and relevance can be easily assessed.
"Agrimetrics Data Combine, is our new app that includes all these elements and also allows users to define their own parameters. By demonstrating the app in the Innovation Hub we aim to gain more opinions from the industry to improve the functionality further."Benchmarking performance
Although potential yield can be calculated using factors such as crop variety, soil type, available light and water, actual yield is influenced by other factors such as date of crop emergence and disease threat. Allowing the farmer to select the elements most relevant to him or her provides a much more powerful tool.
Aggregating real world input and making it anonymous, enables farmers to compare their performance against others. The more farmers that use the system the more representative it will be of actual farming practice and the opportunities for on farm improvement will become apparent.