Overview of Digital Technologies Offerings for North American Soybean Producers

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2018
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Lee, Jenna
Fulton, John
Port, Kaylee
Colley, Richard III
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American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

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In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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Many digital technologies and services are offered to assist North American soybean producers in the optimization of their crop production. Opportunities for capturing and analyzing information related to soybean production methods are made available through the adoption of these technologies. However, often it is difficult for producers to know which digital tools and services are available to them or understand the value they can provide. The objective of this study was to assimilate and categorize current digital technologies available to producers today and understand how they are being used and potential value they can provide. Over 100 currently available digital technologies were sorted into six categories that included: Data Warehousing, Production Benchmarking, Production Analysis, In-Season Monitoring, Crop Modeling, and Recommendations. Categorizing these technologies provided; 1) a clearer understanding of technology implementation, 2) an alignment of a digital technology to a producer‘s intended use if adopted, and 3) insight to producers considering these digital technologies. A farmer survey was administered along with interviews of agriculture technology experts. Results were then summarized and analyzed. Survey results indicated that 70% of producers are confident that their data is valuable and 91% are actively using technology in soybean production. While these technologies are being adopted, many producers expressed concerns about the potential added value, data management logistics, and disconnects between technology providers and end users. Results of this study provide insight for soybean producers on the implementation and use of current and future digital technologies.
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This presentation is published as Lee, Jenna K., John P. Fulton, Kaylee L. Port, Richard T. Colley, Joe D. Luck, Matthew J. Darr, and Scott A. Shearer. "Overview of Digital Technologies Offerings for North American Soybean Producers." In 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting, p. 1. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2018. ASABE meeting paper No. 1801610. St. Joseph, Michigan: ASABE. DOI: 10.13031/aim.201801610. Copyright 2018 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Posted with permission.
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