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Scientist Roles:

  • Create the Experimental Design

Experiments are designed using the Data-Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) project developed by the University of Illinois and Montana State University.

  • Data Storage & Management

The WSU Farmers Network is developing Big Ag Data Solutions and hosts a secure database server behind the WSU university firewall which is backed up regularly.

  • Data Analysis & Reports

Field-by-field reports for farmers will be generated and made available for download before the winter meeting in January, where the data findings will be presented. The data will be used for improvement recommendations and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Provide Feedback

The project leader and a sociologist will design annual surveys for farmers. With the annual survey, we are seeking effectiveness of the Farmers Network for research improvement, extension education and organization, and better planning for next years crop season.

  • Data Collection

Equipment information such as fertilizer spreader, combine header, monitors, and software crop rotation will be measured.

Farmer's Role:


    • Small Field Plot
    • Boundry Shape File
    • A-B Lines.
    • Previous years of yield maps
    • Other information, such as seeding rates, varieties, fertilization…
    • Harvest: Calibrate the Yield monitor (with WSU Farmers Network if needed)
    • Yield monitor Data as SHP File

“The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.”

-John F. Kennedy


WSU Farmers Network

Washington State University
Johnson Hall RM. 171
Pullman, Wa. 99163

Keith Curran   
 (509) 288-2324

Dr. Haiying Tao
(509) 335-4389

“You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower