You’ve likely spent time this winter analyzing the data gathered during last year’s cropping season. Don’t forget to also evaluate how you’re managing and protecting that information.
Data management and security must be more than a once-a-year proposition. It deserves your ongoing attention, and the new year is a good time for an update.
Farm Industry News’ January Technology Decision Time, which is sponsored by Case IH, points to several highlights:
- Farmers likely will rely on their data this year more than ever.
- Data control and ownership remain hot topics.
- The American Farm Bureau Federation soon hopes to offer a tool to help rate and grade privacy agreements.
- A more open approach is helping to increase communication among services. This should improve the tools available to help you effectively use your data to make better decisions.
Data ownership and access is extremely important to Case IH. We created our own guiding principles, and Case IH is a founding member of Open Ag Data Alliance. We believe each farmer owns his or her data and is the sole decision-maker about what data can be shared with whom. Rest assured that, in our eyes, your data is your data. You control it and the access to it. Period.
It’s important to understand all aspects, limitations and provisions for data usage and sharing. Take time to review user agreements. Pay attention to updates or changes to those documents. If you have questions or need clarification, contact the service provider. In many situations, your Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Certified Dealer can help.
Your AFS Certified Dealer also can help when you’re ready to learn about what AFS can bring to your operation. A new growing season is an excellent time to implement a farm data program. We’d be happy to show you how.