Q.1 When will I start to report my county information?
Ans. You can start reporting anytime. Members are signing up everyday and can report their information after registration.
Q.2 How often would I be required to report my county information?
Ans. When you register to become a Reporter you will be given a free Silver Membership. To maintain that membership you will be asked to supply information to the site as much as possible. As we sign up more and more Reporters you will be one of many who supply data. We all have vacation and issues that occur outside of our control. We simply ask that you do the best you can to supply information each week.
Q.3 Are you required to submit crop conditions each week?
Q.4 Can I supply data for more than one county?
Ans. Yes. If you feel you have a good handle on the counties around you, then we would like you to report those counties. Crop consultants and seed corn reps cover many counties and understand the crop conditions. We have many individuals who are supplying many counties for our site.
Q.5 Can I report a county that I do not visit each week?
Ans. Yes. It all depends on your ability to understand how the county is doing. We have individuals that visit fields every 1 to 3 weeks. If they are in contact with farmers in those areas or monitor what is happening with weather and growing conditions, then they normally understand what is happening with those areas. They also could ask the farmer to become a Reporter since the farmer would benefit from the service.
Q.6 What if I’m a chemical rep and cover many counties?
Ans. Please report as many counties as you wish.
Q.7 I have one farm in my county. Do I report the information for my farm or for the whole county?
Ans. At this time we are asking you to report on how your county is progressing. Your individual field maybe representative of the whole county or may be completely different from the whole county. What we are trying to understand is where we are from normal or average. If your farm normally reduces yield due to weather because you are on sandy ground, then that is normal or average. If this year you don’t reduce yield and have a better than average crop then your field is reported that way.
Example: If on average we get 190 bushels throughout my farm but in the spring we have excess moisture and when I put the crop into the ground it ended up creating a poor stand throughout my farms and county, then you would report a below average crop condition and above average moisture level. Most of us are aware of how our neighbours are doing and what is happening in our county.
Q.8 Should I tell other farmers and ag professionals to become Reporters?
Ans. Yes. They call this the Network Effect: A system where each additional user on the network increases the value to all the other users.
Q.9 How long does it take to fill out the weekly report?
Ans. Because the required information is mostly pull-downs with one click, it takes less than a minute to add data.
Q.10 What information is required when we fill out a weekly report?
Ans. Weekly information required:
Most of these are pull down with click.
Q.11 With a weekly report each week what guidelines should I use for reporting crop conditions?
Ans. These are the crop condition ratings:
1 - Disaster. Yields are 40% or more below Average. This is usually only going to happen during a drought or sever wetness. We would see at least 67 to 100 bushel loss.
2- Very Poor. Yields are 21% to 39% below Average. This would occur during partial season droughts or moderate wetness. We would see at least 35 to 65 bushel loss.
3- Poor. Yields are 11% to 20% below Average. This would occur during small droughts and some wet spots within the field that lowers the yields. Poor stands, delayed planting dates and pollination issues may contribute. We would see 18 to 34 bushel loss.
4- Below Average. Yields are 5% to 10% below Average. This would occur with poor stands, bad varieties, delayed planting dates, small wet spots, gaps in stands, uneven emergence and small periods of drought and wetness. We would see 6 to 17 bushel loss.
5- Average. Yields are going to match your 5 year Average yields. You would have a normal stand and emergence. You would have normal planting dates and stand counts. You would have adequate moisture and soil conditions.
6- Above average. Yields are 3% to 5% above Average. This would occur with average to above average growing degree days. You would have an average to slightly above average stand. There are no real wet spots or drought areas to lower the yields ( unless that is normal for your fields). Planting dates would be normal. You would see a 4 to 8 bushel increase.
7- Good. Yields are 6% to 8% above Average. This would occur with higher than normal growing degree days and timely rains during the season. No real issues in the field with disease and fungus. You would see 9 to 14 bushel increase.
8- Very Good. Yields are 9% to 11% above Average. This would occur with above average growing degree days and perfect timing of rain. No pest issues. Very good nitrogen uptake and great rows around and length of ear. Perfect weather during the 8 to 12 leaf stages. You would see 15 to 20 bushel increase.
9- Excellent. Yields are 12% or better. This would occur with all factors being ideal. Moisture, nitrogen, varieties, plant populations and timely weather. Growing degree days would be far above average. You would see 21 to 40 bushel increase.
Note: if you have irrigated fields then you would normally have timely moisture and better yields than the dry land. If it is normal to get very good yields with irrigation then that is average.
Q.12 What is seasonal information?
Ans. This information is asked when you register and during the growing season to help us establish a base line. We will be incorporating a predictive model that will estimate your future yield for three scenarios: 1) Better than average weather, 2) Continued average weather, and 3) poor weather.
Q.13 What seasonal information will be asked?
Ans. These are items we ask for seasonally:
The website will ask you to fill these out when your state information is needed
Q.14 How should I fill out my seasonal information?
Ans. Items I would consider when reporting seasonal information:
Average Planting Date- Providing what you think is the average planting date. Planting dates have more effect on yields then the time of emergence. If you normally are planting every year between May 1st and May 10th then the average planting date is May 5th. This is different than the first planting date. The first planting date is the start of planting.
Average Plant Population- Provide for us your average planting population for the past 5 years.
Average Yields- Provide what you think are your average yields in an average year.
Average Population - Provide your average planting population that you shoot for each year.
Final Population- Provide the actual population that came out of the ground.
Actual Planting Date- Provide your average planting date for the majority of your specific crop. If it took you 10 days to plant and they were fairly even in the number of acres planted then pick the 5th day. If you plant over 15 days and majority of it is over the last 8 days then choose a date that is within those 8 days.
First Planting Date- Provide the 1st day you planted your crop.
Emergence Type- If you have trouble with emergence of your crop and it may be enough to affect yields, and then list it as variable. Emergence is defined as evenness. So if your plants came at different times and it may affect your yields, then you are variable. If your plants emerged at the same time, then you would be good emergence. If you have normal evenness and emergence, then you would be average.
Soil Conditions- Provide the soil conditions at the time of planting for your county. If most of the fields are wet and soggy then you would have poor conditions. If you have some of the fields wet or soggy then you would have fair conditions. If the soil conditions are normal, then you have average conditions. If the soil conditions in your county where near perfect, then you would have good conditions. If you have absolute perfect soil conditions on all your fields then you have excellent conditions.
Corn Stand: Gaps and Doubles- if your planter gave you very few gaps or doubles then you have Few. Determine what your planter normally gives you for gaps and doubles and that would be average. If you end up with extra gaps and doubles then list it as many.
Rows around Cob- If the majority of your farms have 16 rows around the cob then list 16. It is the majority of your fields.
Kernels Long- Count the kernels long for your fields and give us what you think is the average. Don't count the first kernel on the butt end and the last few kernels on the other end.
Final Yields- Provide your final average yield across your acres.
Q.15 What Apps are available from Prairie Farm Club?
Ans. The eCropScout app will be available through iTunes and Android market. They are designed for the larger tablets but not the mini tablets yet. The app is used for
Q.16 Will there be an app available for the iPhone or Android phone?
Ans. Yes. We are working on an app that would allow you to easily enter your weekly crop information with a small screen. This will not become available until about September.