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Window of Opportunity

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

We had a great day of sunshine and wind, and temperatures about 50 degrees. It really helped dry out the soil. We started spreading fertilizer mid morning, and got a couple hundred more acres of wheat fertilized with nitrogen and sulfur. The wheat spreading list is starting to be whittled down. We’re nearly done with the Greenwood township work, and our next move will probably be over to Hartland township, where I have three hundred acres to spread. I also have a hundred acres south of Marengo…that’s at the faaar southern edge of the territory we normally cover. And then it’s back into Wisconsin for a couple hundred acres scattered between Genoa City and Elkhorn. I don’t expect to see the Wisconsin acres until sometime next week…if we miss tonight’s 30% chance of rain, there’s more chances every day through Sunday. At this point, it looks like the entire first half of April will be shot for accomplishing anything beyond these 1-2 day spurts of field activity. On the bright side, I won’t have any problems getting out to Rockford for the last Icehogs hockey home game of the season on Saturday.

In fun technology news, I’m currently working with Intellicrop and Nate Taylor on the beta test of their agriculture decision engine. I ‘met’ Nate through Twitter about a year ago, and he’s turned into a good friend and resource. Intellicrop is a new startup company working on combining advanced soil moisture modeling and weather forecasting to help companies like mine figure out where we are able to deploy our equipment after a weather event. Having a sprayer sitting when it should be working somewhere is expensive. I’ve had it happen; scouting the wettest end of my territory when I should have been looking at the far opposite end that didn’t get as much rain as we thought. Considering how the month of April is looking, I may get a pretty good chance to give his software a workout.

Finally, hey look! A second blog entry in a week! No promises, but I’m going to try and post shorter entries snapshotting some of the activities going on in my trade territory as we move into the 2011 planting season. For quicker, shorter updates I’m always on Twitter as @cornwuff, and you can also follow the hashtag #plant11 to see what the rest of the #agnerd contingent on Twitter is up to during this planting season.



December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I took Sunday off from the Reverb prompts, and then yesterday my internet connection at home was down, and I don’t feel like catching up. So, right to today’s prompt.

Prompt: Community.  Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

2010 was the year of Twitter, for me. I’ve run a lot of my life online, since I first got on the internet in 1995. Most of my current group of friends are people I met online, or through events that were organized online. It’s something I’m comfortable with.

Twitter is the latest online community tool I’ve used. In the year and a half I’ve been tweeting, I’ve accumulated a pretty diverse crowd of people on my followers list. The #agchat crowd is the largest and the most varied. There’s the communications student with a budding ag comm career, a cattle rancher from California, a local food activist from New York, New York, a Monsanto employee who works with cotton, several dairy farmers (including one who sings about water and poo), and even some fellow agronomists.

That’s just a sampling of the ag tweeps I follow. There’s plenty more. Not to mention all of my current friends who are on Twitter, the people I’ve met at science fiction conventions that I follow, the people I met on Twitter and THEN met at conventions, the people I’ve followed because my friends were following them…the list could go on for a while.

Moving into 2011, I want to continue to grow my Twitter network. Oh, who am I fooling, I’m an addict, and I need my Twitter fix. The list of people I’m following will no doubt continue to grow. One thing I do struggle with is the division between professional and personal content on my Twitter stream. I’ve joked with my wife that I could probably find a job via Twitter at this point. At the same time, I like to joke around and blow off steam. I think this is an issue a lot of people struggle with in this new media environment. ‘Being professional’ often means being completely bland, boring, and uninteresting, and that doesn’t work for me. It’s an issue I’ll continue to think about into the next year.

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