Overview of digital technologies offerings for north American soybean producers

Jenna Lee, John Fulton, Kaylee Port, Richard Colley, Joe Luck, Matthew Darr, Scott Shearer

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Many digital technologies and services are offered to assist North American soybean producers in the optimization of their crop production. Opportunities for capturing and analyzing information related to soybean production methods are made available through the adoption of these technologies. However, often it is difficult for producers to know which digital tools and services are available to them or understand the value they can provide. The objective of this study was to assimilate and categorize current digital technologies available to producers today and understand how they are being used and potential value they can provide. Over 100 currently available digital technologies were sorted into six categories that included: Data Warehousing, Production Benchmarking, Production Analysis, In-Season Monitoring, Crop Modeling, and Recommendations. Categorizing these technologies provided; 1) a clearer understanding of technology implementation, 2) an alignment of a digital technology to a producer’s intended use if adopted, and 3) insight to producers considering these digital technologies. A farmer survey was administered along with interviews of agriculture technology experts. Results were then summarized and analyzed. Survey results indicated that 70% of producers are confident that their data is valuable and 91% are actively using technology in soybean production. While these technologies are being adopted, many producers expressed concerns about the potential added value, data management logistics, and disconnects between technology providers and end users. Results of this study provide insight for soybean producers on the implementation and use of current and future digital technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018
EventASABE 2018 Annual International Meeting - Detroit, United States
Duration: Jul 29 2018Aug 1 2018


OtherASABE 2018 Annual International Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Data
  • Digital agriculture
  • Precision Ag
  • Soybeans
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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