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Friday, March 6, 2015

Is there a safe way to share data?

Is there a safe way to share data?  I don't know, but I heard a presentation from Farmer's Business Network today. The idea is very compelling.   The network can help you get more information out of your data.  It can also help you get access to other people's data.  The good news is that the actual location of your fields is never revealed.  The network was developed by farmers, and of course clever computer geeks.

The network allows for benchmarking or comparing your operation to others.  The also offer variety performance information tied to soil types.  You can upload data from previous years as well as current data.  Help is available to get data uploaded.  The first year cost is $500.

They are also making satellite imagery and a weather station at discounted rates.  I can understand anyone being leery about data sharing, but if you are interested in doing this, you might want to check it out.

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