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Ep. 25: A Look into SWAT Map Technology with Cory Willness

Precision Points: An Ag Tech Podcast

In this episode, Morgan talks about soil-based zone mapping with Cory Willness from SWAT Maps. Cory walks us through what SWAT Maps are and how they use a hardware option called SWAT Box to seamlessly report field level data and generate maps that can be used for variable-rate applications. To get the show notes from this episode, visit Precision Ag Reviews.

26mins

22 Apr 2021

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SWAT 002: Cory Willness Answers Your Questions (Part Two)

SWAT Agronomy

On today’s episode, Tim continues his conversation with Cory Willness, President of CropPro Consulting and Croptimistic Technology. Today we share more questions sourced from social media on topics such as precision agriculture and SWAT MAPS. “If you don't have that real solid connection to the ground, your best technology in the world is not going to perform to its fullest potential.” - Cory Willness, President of CropPro Consulting and Croptimistic Technologies This show will feature people from a variety of backgrounds and geographies and interests in agtech and agronomy, but for now we are continuing our conversation with Cory Willness. I got him to answer some of your questions in part one, and we continue those in this episode with questions like: what’s the learning curve like for a new tech-enabled agronomist? And what’s coming next for precision agriculture? And what’s happening behind the scenes with all of this data? On Today’s Episode:1:36 - Could SWAT MAPS be used to map soil borne disease pressure in a field?3:31 - How does the industry look at precision ag from an input provider standpoint? 13:20 - Does data analytics have a role in managing increased volatility of yield from climate change?20:44 - With SWAT MAPS, you’re collecting all this data. You’re using it to help the farmer but what happens on the other end? Who owns it? What's the agreement on the data side with SWAT MAPS?Make sure you subscribe to this show on your podcast platform of choice. You’ll find the SWAT Agronomy Podcast on all of them: iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. Tune in for part two with Cory to hear more interesting questions about precision agriculture technology. If you have a question you want answered on a future episode, send it to us on Twitter using the hashtag #SWATAgronomy. The SWAT Agronomy Podcast is brought to you by SWAT MAPS, and hosted by Tim Hammerich.

23mins

23 Feb 2021

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SWAT 001: Cory Willness Answers Your Questions

SWAT Agronomy

On today’s episode, Tim sits down with Cory Willness, President of CropPro Consulting and Croptimistic Technology. To make sure the questions were relevant, they were sourced from social media on topics such as precision agriculture, SWAT MAPS, “If people just say this area didn't provide profit, they start abandoning it. And it's not always the right thing to do. That area might've needed more care, right? It might've needed more fertilizer. You just don't want to jump to conclusions with the profit map.” - Cory Willness, President of CropPro Consulting and Croptimistic Technologies Instead of asking Cory the same old typical podcast questions, we solicited most of these questions on social media. We cover a range of topics including: what the best approaches are to creating zones, the difference between SWAT MAPS, intensive grid sampling, barriers to variable rate technology adoption, the concept of profitability maps and several others. On Today’s Episode:04:02 - What are the best methods or approaches to creating zones?07:30 - What are the pros and cons to SWAT Maps versus intensive grid soil sampling? 10:32 - What are the other primary barriers to adoption of a variable rate technology in general?11:47 - What are the best widgets or after-market for data collection on sprayers and combines? 15:22 - How much water/pesticide/fertilizer can we actually save with precision ag technology? Make sure you subscribe to this show on your podcast platform of choice. You’ll find the SWAT Agronomy Podcast on all of them: iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. Tune in for part two with Cory to hear more interesting questions about precision agriculture technology. If you have a question you want answered on a future episode, send it to us on Twitter using the hashtag #SWATAgronomy. The SWAT Agronomy Podcast is brought to you by SWAT MAPS, and hosted by Tim Hammerich.

20mins

23 Feb 2021

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Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 14: Cory Willness

RealAgriculture's Podcasts

There’s a saying about decisions being only as good as the information they’re based on. The same could be said for agronomic decisions based on maps; the better the map, the better the decision. When Cory Willness, based at Naicam, Sask., got going in his agronomist role, most field maps (if they existed) were based... Read More

27mins

30 Oct 2020

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Agronomy Geeks, Ep 14: Cory Willness

Agronomy Geeks

There’s a saying about decisions being only as good as the information they’re based on. The same could be said for agronomic decisions based on maps; the better the map, the better the decision. When Cory Willness, based at Naicam, Sask., got going in his agronomist role, most field maps (if they existed) were based... Read More

27mins

30 Oct 2020

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FOA 211: Ground Truthing AgTech with Cory Willness

Future of Agriculture

We do a lot of agtech episodes on this podcast, but I don’t think we’ve had one quite like this. Today’s episode is primarily focused on the area of agtech that includes site-specific agronomic tools that you’d hear referred to as variable-rate or under the umbrella of precision agriculture. “The agtech industry in general looks pretty glamorous, but it’s a tough, tough business.” My guest is Cory Willness, the President of CropPro Consulting, which is an agronomy consulting services firm in Western Canada, based in Naicam, Saskatchewan. Started in 2003, the company has grown to 30 employees. Along the way, Cory and his team started to develop digital tools to help them be more successful in their agronomy work. Eventually they started a separate business to offer these tools to others. That business is called Croptomistic Technology. “The field never changes. The field is always the same. So when we go out to soil test, there is no crop on the field. What we’re sticking the probe into is soil. So where is the map of soil? A satellite image or yield map does not give you a map of soil. It just gives you a map of variability and you don’t know what that’s due to.” Cory and I talk about the rise of the tech-enabled independent agronomist, how he decided to develop these tools and ultimately market them as a separate business, and some of his frustrations with agtech, which I think many of you will find both unconventional and enlightening. Before we dive in though, it might help to define a couple of these technologies for context: SWAT stands for Soil, Water, and Topography, and a SWAT map combines multiple layers of field data into a single map for zone management and variable-rate fertilizer and seed applications. Cory created a SWAT Box, which is a box that is mounted to an ATV, truck, or piece of ag equipment and driven over the field to collect electrical conductivity and elevation data, which are necessary layers for SWAT Maps. Lastly Cory is one of the founding partners of CropRecords, which is a crop consulting system for crop scouting, record keeping, making recommendations and jobs, and synchronizing all of the information between agronomy staff and farm staff. It is an essential part of implementing the SWAT Maps system. “Farmers are smart people. They know their fields. They know what their problems are in any given season. They see them all the time because they’re out there all the time. If you go out there to the farm and say ‘I’ve got a specific solution that’s going to solve this problem on your farm’. They’ll try it.” Cory represents to me, someone who has spent his career working directly with agronomists and farmers, who knows their needs and pain points, and who has strong opinions rooted in firsthand experience. You’ll hear some opinions and perspectives on this episode that may challenge your own when it comes to agtech, especially as it relates to precision agronomy. You can find out more about CropPro and his various offerings at www.CropPro.ca. Also, he’s a great follow on Twitter @CropProCory. Share the Ag-Love! Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots! And be sure to join the new Future of Agriculture Membership for even more valuable information on the future of ag. Learn more about AgGrad by visiting: Future of Agriculture Website AgGrad Website AgGrad on Twitter AgGrad on Facebook AgGrad on LinkedIn AgGrad on Instagram

35mins

24 Jun 2020

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Cory Willness

Growing the Future

Industry expert Cory Willness shares wisdom gained from years of experience testing soils and following the data.

1hr 30mins

24 Sep 2019