Precision Ag – The Future of Farming and Reporting
In today’s agricultural climate, most will agree that you usually don’t hear Precision Ag technologies mentioned in the same sentence as Crop Insurance. Precision Ag can mean many different things to many different people.
With the ever-increasing federal compliance requirements throughout the reporting process, more and more data is needed. This can create a large burden for everyone – from the grower, to the agent, including reporting bodies such as crop insurance companies and governmental agencies.
Currently, reporting relies on manual paperwork which requires a great deal of processing time and effort. Once the documentation is gathered, there is still the task of keying or otherwise transmitting that data into a computerized system to transfer it between the necessary parties. There must be a better way, right?
Crop Insurance and Precision Ag Unite
The increasing integration of Precision Ag into the everyday lives of growers and agricultural businesses has provided a great opportunity to turn crop insurance reporting requirements into a quick and painless procedure.
The accuracy of a Precision Ag system, mainly planting and yield monitoring, can be far better than the previous generation’s methods of recording the same information. These systems automatically compile the what / where / why / when / how information and combine it with the necessary data for reporting purposes – all with minimal manual entry.
The days of manually going through each paper field record and writing and matching all the required information are numbered. Precision Ag systems can compile everything in one file which can simply be sent to the crop insurance agent who then matches the farmer’s data to USDA and crop insurance data.
The relationship between a grower and their crop insurance agent is the most trusted relationship in modern agriculture today. This is due to the personal information which a crop insurance agent currently handles in reporting to the government. Data integrity and security is of the utmost importance for this risk management program to succeed. Trust is everything and it will only increase in importance as growers begin to work with electronic data. Soon we will see a massive increase in the amount of Precision Ag data that will be available. ProAg believes that our crop insurance agents are and will continue to be the preferred trusted advisor to handle this data.
ProAg’s Position on Precision Ag / Digital Ag
Precision Ag can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. As one of the nation’s leading providers of crop insurance, ProAg is committed to helping our agents and their growers translate the data captured from the grower’s machinery and populate it into the required government forms.
ProAg is actively involved in exploring and developing the capabilities necessary to accomplish this task. Solutions must be easy and painless for our agents and growers and ensure data integrity and security. While ProAg is currently working on applications and piloting them to address these opportunities, they are still under development.
We appreciate your trust in ProAg and look forward to sharing a solution with you in the near future.