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Harvest is here, maximize yield information

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DATA OVERLOAD? When you park the combine, you have a pile of information you've gathered. What's the best way to maximize that information to make better decisions? A series of short, free, virtual sessions offer farmers insight during this harvest season.
New, free virtual sessions help you spot the right data to track from all you collect this season. Virtual programs allow you to view these sessions right from the combine.

The ongoing free seasonal information sessions at the online platform Farm Progress 365 continue Sept. 27, 28 and 29 with a focus on ways to make the most of information you’re collecting at harvest. In these sessions speakers will tackle ways to maximize yield maps and put them to work across your business. In addition, you’ll learn what data layers matter for decision making and the 2023 crop.

Here’s more information about each of the sessions.

How do you maximize yield maps?

Simerjeet Virk, assistant professor and Extension precision ag specialist, University of Georgia has a long history of working with farmers to make sense of all the data they collect. Virk will dig into this topic that plagues farmers every fall. Those colorful maps have secrets to share, and Virk will offer his perspective on the topic.

Virk has an MS in Biosystems Engineering from Auburn University and Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia. His efforts focus on evaluation of precision ag technologies to improve performance of agricultural machinery and field productivity while providing research-based information to improve technology adoption and data management among growers.

Catch his session online at 10 a.m. Central time, Tuesday, Sept. 27. Just visit to register.

What data layers should you analyze for 2023?

Terry Griffin, associate professor and cropping systems economist, Kansas State University will discuss the data that matters for your farm. When you park your equipment at the end of harvest, you have a solid pile of data, what’s most important? Griffin will dig into that offering ways to prioritize what makes the most sense for your farm business.

Griffin holds a BS in Agronomy and MS in Agricultural Economist from University of Arkansas and a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. For his achievements in advancing digital agriculture, Griffin has received the 2014 Pierre C. Robert International Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award, the 2012 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year, and the 2010 PrecisionAg Award of Excellence for Researchers.

Catch this session online at 10 a.m. Central time, Wednesday, Sept. 28. Learn more at

Mid-harvest market update

Every series of seasonal sessions at Farm Progress 365 features a look at the markets in the final program. This time out Naomi Blohm, senior market adviser, Total Farm Marketing offers a look at where markets are headed and the trends she’s seeing.

Blohm is a specialist at helping farmers understand how to manage their cash marketing needs. In addition, she helps them understand the importance of managing basis, delivery point considerations, cash flow needs and storage capacity. She also assists with explaining, implementing, and managing futures and options strategies for clients. Naomi earned her BA in Political Science with a minor in Agriculture Business at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. She has an MS in Adult Education with an emphasis in Ag Economics, University of Wisconsin, Platteville, and a Master Certificate in Global Education, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

Her session kicks off at 10 a.m., Central time, Thursday, Sept. 29 at

Make plans now to join us on this unique digital platform that gives you the chance to hear these speakers no matter where you are. This free service from Farm Progress is designed to provide relevant information in a new way to readers. Check out the website for more information.

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