Agroptimizer is a decision support tool that can help you understand how different management practices drive yield and profit on your farm. The tool combines historical weather data and a vast amount of synthetic corn and soybean management data to optimize management practices for the entire cropping system to maximize yield and profit.
As a farmer, every year you must determine your cropping system (combination of multiple management practices) months before planting. One place you may find information about management practices that can increase yield is from replicated field trials in your area. One issue with such trials is that typically, one, two or three management factors are evaluated in a single field or just a few fields. It is assumed that the other management practices are relevant to what you use in your farm. But this may not be realistic because cropping systems are a combination of more than just a few practices.
A replicated soybean trial in your region may have examined how different planting dates and maturity groups affected yield a few years ago. The trial was performed in a field with silty loam soil type, conventional tillage, 15-inch rows and 130K seeds/ac. The main soil type in your field is a clay loam, and you use no-till, 30-inch rows and typically plant 160K seeds/ac. You probably wonder if the results of that replicated trial will be relevant on your farm this year or any year.
What about profit?
Even more important than yield, is the profit you can make when selecting a cropping system. Although high yield is necessary, the cost of the seed and other inputs and the projected crop selling price are very important variables. You know that these costs vary widely and can change from year to year. Therefore, it is important to perform economic analysis for each field, every year, before selecting a cropping system.
Why use Agroptimizer?
Agroptimizer allows you to simulate the results of replicated trials like they have been performed on your farm for 5 consecutive years adjusted for your soil type, typical weather conditions and management practices you cannot or don’t want to change. Using data science and machine learning algorithms, we generated massive databases with accurate crop yield data in diverse environments and cropping systems across the US.
Agroptimizer is the tool that was trained to evaluate all these potential cropping systems, perform economic analysis, and identify management practices with the greatest yield and profit potential for your farm.
Across all tested site-years in Wisconsin, Agroptimizer recommended management practices exhibited 60% probability to increase soybean profit and 97% probability to increase corn profit compared to typical management practices in these fields.