Around The Farm

The farming podcast that talks about all things ag. Industry experts share their first-hand knowledge about the seasonal topics that are on your mind - and have some fun along the way.

 


Episode 20: How to Make Seed Scripting and Test Plots Easier

With guest Jerry Seuntjens, Iowa Farmer

What farmer would want to have to stay up late writing scripts before planting, or repeatedly jump out of the cab to place marker flags for test plots? In this episode, Iowa corn and soybean farmer Jerry Seuntjens tells us how he has used digital tools to improve scripting and more easily execute test plots. He also shares his perspective about the need to improve rural broadband access.


Episode 19: Planting Forecast: What Does Mother Nature Have in Store for Us?

With guest John Mioduszewski, Environmental Modeling Scientist, Bayer Crop Science

Coming out of a rain-soaked 2019 planting season, what do the skies have in store for us this year? Weather expert John Mioduszewski joins the show to tell us what to expect for planting in the weeks and months ahead, and he shares his top tools for keeping tabs on the weather.


Episode 18: Precision Planting and FieldView: Paving the Way for Planting

With guests Emil Bandy, Product Support Software Lead, Precision Planting; Bryce Baker, Marketing Communications Manager, Precision Planting; and Greg Deim, FieldView Cab App Product Manager, The Climate Corporation

Onsite at Precision Planting, Rick gives you an inside look at the latest precision ag innovations. You’ll also hear how the Precision Planting and FieldViewTM teams are working more closely together than ever to help set you up for success during planting season.


Episode 17: Where Will Digitization Take Farming?

With guest Mark Young, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Product, The Climate Corporation

It seems like data is top of mind throughout every industry these days. Mark Young, CTO and head of product at The Climate Corporation, grew up on a farm, so he understands the potential of ag data from both a tech and real-farm perspective. Farming data collection is expanding faster each year, and more data opens the door to better, faster insights. Listen in as Mark “takes the governor off” to share his thoughts on where digitization is taking us. Plus, hear what he says is the one thing you should be doing even if digital tools are not yet in your toolbox.


Episode 16: Gaining Control of Farm Management

With guests Pat Christie, Founder at Conservis and Chris Olson, General Manager at Rabo AgriFinance

You didn’t get into farming to spend all day looking at spreadsheets. Guests Pat Christie, Founder at Conservis and Chris Olson, General Manager at Rabo AgriFinance, discuss how farm management software helps you gain control over multiple aspects of your operation. They explain how digital tools make organizing and analyzing farm management data faster, easier and more effective and help you home in on your cost of production, sharpen your approach to grain marketing and streamline preparation for effective discussions with your lender.


Episode 15: The New Way to Optimize Grain Marketing

With guest Brennan Turner, CEO of FarmLead

Grain marketing is one of the more challenging aspects of farming. Brennan Turner explains how a digital grain marketplace makes it easier to make a deal on your terms. You’ll hear how Brennan combined experience from his family farm, his career in professional hockey and his time on Wall Street to develop a new grain trading technology. Find out how digital trading tools can make it easier to manage your current grain buying relationships as well as find new ones, and learn Brennan’s three rules for building a solid grain marketing plan.


Episode 14: The Problem with Benchmarking for Seed Selection

With guest Sam Eathington - Chief Science Officer, The Climate Corporation

Do you use benchmarking to help inform seed decisions? Sam Eathington explains why when it comes to accurately evaluating seed performance and selection, benchmarking falls short. The broad approach of benchmarking misses a host of variables - from weather to interdependent agronomic factors to human bias. Sam provides advice on when to use benchmarking vs. when to run your own experiments, and he shares the experiments he and his brothers have conducted on their own family farm.

Read more about Sam’s insights on benchmarking in his article that appeared on precisionag.com.


Episode 13: Maximizing Yield in a Lengthy Harvest

With guests Brent Sharff, a farmer from Maynard, Iowa and Chris Souder, Midwest regional agronomy lead at Bayer Crop Science

For many farmers, this harvest season is going to be a long one. Brent Sharff, a farmer from Maynard, Iowa and Chris Souder, Midwest regional agronomy lead at Bayer Crop Science, discuss handling a harvest that could go all the way into December, sharing their tips on how to get as much grain into the bin as possible. You’ll want to hear about Brent’s experiences with his June-planted corn and Chris’ advice on evaluating crop performance in order to select seed in such an unusual year.


Episode 12: Harvest Planning in a Challenging Year

With guest Greg Kneubuhler, President and CEO, G&K Concepts Independent Crop Consulting

In a season in which the new normal is abnormal, Greg draws on his expertise as as agronomy consultant to walk through what farmers should be mindful of as they navigate the uncharted territory of this harvest as well as the preparation for the 2020 season. From machine calibration to account for excessive moisture to figuring out fertility, Greg’s insights will help you prepare your path.


Episode 11: How Digital Ag is Increasing Transparency and Reducing Ambiguity

With guests Sam Eathington - Chief Science Officer, The Climate Corporation and Mark Young - Chief Technology Officer, Head of Product, The Climate Corporation

It’s an understatement to say that this year hasn’t been an easy one. When conditions are so far from typical, it can be hard to know if you’re making the best decisions. Sam Eathington and Mark Young, both pioneers of digital farming innovation, talk about how digital tools are increasing the transparency of the performance of seed and other inputs. They explain how this type of year widens the FieldViewTM data set, ultimately resulting in more effective tools and analytics, and they look down the road at the science advancements and product features farmers can expect.


Episode 10: Teaming Up: What’s Different About a Channel® Seedsman

With guest Tony Stierwalt, a farmer from Champaign County, Ill

A key part of a successful season is a farmer’s team. Clint talks to Farmer Tony Stierwalt from Champaign County, Ill. about what sets his Channel® seed team apart. Chris Kamienski, Channel technical agronomist, and Jason Watson, Channel Seedsman, describe Channel’s unique approach and how they provide customized insights all year long to Tony and other Channel customers.

Hear about the in-depth agronomic expertise, regular field evaluations and decision recommendations that make Chris and Jason MVPs for Tony’s operation.


Episode 9: FieldView Behind the Scenes: Setting Customers up for Success

With guest Stephanie Lynch and Juan Mayta, Climate FieldViewTM Customer Success Managers

What does it take to serve up excellent support to customers? Stephanie Lynch and Juan Mayta, customer success managers at Climate FieldView, give a look behind the scenes with their team.

They describe how diverse expertise and cross-team collaboration create a combination that sets their customers up for success. Learn their method for keeping wait times short - even during peak times like planting. And find out why the support team has the coolest wall in the Climate Corporation office.


Episode 8: Leveraging Your Retailer Relationship

With guest Kayla Bennett, Climate FieldViewTM Sales and Seed Support Specialist at Ag View FS

If the many challenges of this difficult planting season have left you with decision fatigue, your retailer may be able to help. Kayla Bennett, Climate FieldView Sales and Seed Support Specialist at Ag View FS, talks about what customers in her area (Princeton, Ill.) are experiencing as well as how her team helps them navigate to their best harvest.

Regular scouting, expertise from crop specialists, satellite imagery assessment, and customized crop protection and fertilization recommendations are all in the arsenal.


Episode 7: A Look at How Far Farming Technology Has Come

With guest Doug Chaffer, Seaton Ill. farmer

In honor of Father’s Day, Clint talks with his dad Doug Chaffer, who farms in Seaton Ill.

Doug reminisces about how far ag technology has come in the 46 seasons he’s been farming. Find out how a rag served as Doug’s first planter monitor, how he evolved his technology over time, and why today he considers FieldViewTM the “pièce de résistance” of farming technology.


Episode 6: Using Drone Imagery to Make In-Season Decisions

With guest Kris Poulson, co-founder at Sentera

Coming out of the cold, wet Spring and the planting delays it brought, Kris Poulson, co-founder at Sentera, talks about how high-resolution drone imagery helps farmers assess field conditions.

From emergence and throughout the growing season, drone imagery helps complete the picture of field conditions. Hear from an expert on when to collect drone images, how to look at image data alongside other key data, and how to use imagery to make important decisions such as whether to replant and if your potential yield warrants investing in input applications.


Episode 5: Turning Moonshots into Real-Farm Innovations

With guest David Macmillan, CEO Deveron UAS

Live from the recent World Agri-Tech Summit in San Francisco, Clint talks with David Macmillan, CEO of Deveron UAS Corp. Deveron is a partner with Climate FieldViewTM and provides farmers with aerial imagery that’s valuable for things like evaluating stand and crop scouting.

David shares his perspective on what it takes to bring moonshots (or big, crazy ideas) to life and how Deveron approaches innovations that deliver real, individualized value to farmers.


Episode 4: Last-Minute Planting Logistics

With guest Scott Chizmar – Precision Farming Specialist

As farmers head into the fields for planting, there are always last-minute adjustments to be made, and that often includes their tractors and planters. Scott Chizmar talks about what he does to help make sure farm implements are running their best, what farmers should do with their planters after planting season, and also takes a look at prepping sprayers and other equipment post emergence for growing season and beyond.


Episode 3: Technology In The Field

With guest Rick Myroup – Climate Product Marketing Director

A self-confessed technology aficionado, Rick talks about how digital farming is changing the game for farmers when it comes to seed selection and variable rate prescriptions. He explains how farmers and their dealers can work together to write seed prescriptions in minutes instead of days or weeks. Rick also shares updates from the recent pre-commercial field trials of Seed Advisor from FieldView™ - a new technology to improve the effectiveness of seed placement.


Episode 2: Seeds Of Spring

With guest Tanner Dunn – Former Seed Dealer & Current Climate Customer Success Specialist

It’s almost time to put seeds in the ground, but have you ever thought about all that goes into getting seeds where they need to go? Tanner, a former seed dealer, discusses what happens as the seed makes its way to your planter – from storage and seed treatments to distribution. And don’t miss his tales of what happens when things don’t go as planned. He also shares his take on why gathering data at planting is key for the rest of the season.


Episode 1: Soil Sampling & Planning To Plant

With guest Bryan Boock – Farmer at Boock Farms and Soil Expert/Sampler

Coming out of a wet fall and harvest season, Bryan discusses what these conditions might mean as spring approaches. He talks tillage implications, seed selection adjustments and other timely planting topics. He also takes a look at how the wet weather affected his soil sampling customers (and his own business), and shares his perspective on soil conditions in his area and how farmers may need to adjust their input strategies.