Here’s a question from a client near Roblin, Manitoba:
“I see FarmLink is running another crop tour at the end of July. Why do you bother running a crop tour? Is It worth the time and effort?”
The answer is simple: data. Data is the secret sauce to every clear-minded decision. Data is at a premium in western Canada. FarmLink and other like-minded organizations undertake a constant process to obtain better data. The ideal environment, to make decisions, is one where there is an abundance of transparent, independent data available. In western Canada, this is not quite the current situation. Data is closely held by those who feel that they have it. At FarmLink, we use many different tools to fill information gaps and complement available independent data – FarmLink’s Crop Tour is one very important tool.
This is the time of year when crop tours start in earnest across the U.S. Corn Belt. The U.S. has a long history of public crop touring. Canada not so much. In Canada, information is at a premium. The government runs a few surveys and, in recent years, has made some efforts to improve boots-on-the-ground data gathering. However, there remains a paucity of western Canadian public crop tours. Outside of provincial governments, there is little dependable, publicly available crop conditions information.
FarmLink believes that decision making is better facilitated by access to data. The lack of timely and frequent crop updates from public agencies motivates FarmLink to fill the gap. One should assume that the line companies are compiling data on crop acreage, conditions, yield, and production potential. To help alleviate the information imbalance, FarmLink ran a crop tour for the last two years and will do so again this year. COVID-19 shifted this year’s tour into a “virtual” platform. Crop scouts will conduct solo field visits, between July 20-30, and report data to our analytical team. The more data points the better. The information will be publicly disseminated on August 5th during our webinar.
FarmLink would like to invite those interested to contact us if they would like to submit yield estimates. The more data, from more fields across western Canada, the better.
You can find everything Crop Tour here.
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