A recent publication from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) shared the results of a recent survey exploring “Data Management At The Farm Level.” Among a variety of compelling findings was insight into what growers believe will make data management more valuable for their farming operation. Below are the top five responses:
• Automatic and seamless wireless data transfer between machines and between machines and a web-based, open source database or cloud so data is stored in one location.
• Resources to find help on how to get started along with local support and training.
• Simplified farm-management software that is more user friendly. Web-based is preferred so data can be accessed from any electronic device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop).
• Quick start guides as reminders on how to use interfaces or displays year to year. This response includes making sure technology is setup and operating correctly thus data is being collected successfully.
• Standardized data formats and compatibility between different brands for the ability to easily share data between different machines and operating platforms.
You can read the entire story on the ACES website using this link.