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June 11th, 2020 Pogo Blog

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Behind accuracy comes quality goods. Precision agriculture is a farm management approach that emphasizes on observing, measuring, and responding to variability in crops. Through precision agriculture the development of tools, such as the Pogo Stick, have become tremendously beneficial to our local farmers, as well as Wabash Valley Service Company.

The Pogo Stick is a digital tape measure that is connected via Bluetooth to an iPad, allowing all recorded information to be synced while on site. The device records a desired group of crops by stopping at each plant to document its corresponding data. After completing the run, one is able to look at each plot's data which includes run information, population, singulation, spacing, performance, and an emergence summary. 

The device is able to indicate if emergence from leaf coloring is satisfactory or not, which ultimately forecasts expected gain or loss. Another feature of this tool is the ability to distinguish misses. If a plant has not sprouted, the Pogo Stick is able to detect where the seed was planted, enabling the soil to be dug up to look for signs of a non-germinated seed and/or if a planter error occurred. The device is also able to calculate and make recommendations concerning singulation and spacing. Singulation is the calculation of the speed one runs the planter in order to achieve the desired population of crops in a field. Population is also affected by spacing, which is the amount of room given between each planted seed in order to ensure equal distribution of nutrition and water for astounding growth rate.

The benefits from using this device are irreplaceable. Apart from being user friendly and a service that is offered free of charge, the benefits are endless. This technology enables our producers to analyze yield data, improve accuracy, and invites the opportunity of greater return on future yields. Through the app, one is able to detect the issues within their field, learn how to adjust, and are given the dollar amount they can save per acre if purchasing new equipment and/or add-ons. Countless producers today recognize and enjoy the outcome of investing in small critiques in turn to gain back large sums of investments in the long run. Efficiency is simply easy to attain when using the Pogo Stick.

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