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Luke James

Luke James grew up on a family farm in west central IL and graduated from Western IL University with a degree in Ag Business. Luke started working at Ag Leader in 2007, and he currently serves as the Sales Manager for the SMS Software products including SMS Basic, SMS Advanced and SMS Mobile. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, golfing, working around his home and helping manage their family farm.

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May, 18 2015 - by Luke James

Crop Insurance Reporting Made Simple

Looking for a more efficient method for crop insurance reporting this year? Why not use your precision ag data? It contains all the important details required for reporting such as planting dates, crops and acres.

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Nov, 20 2014 - by Luke James

Value of Data – Learning from 2014 to better 2015

As you begin wrapping up the year and looking forward to 2015, have you asked yourself, what did I learn from 2014? How can I use what I learned to increase my profitability in 2015? What caught your eye on a yield map? Did you notice a correlation to yield from varied fertilizer rates? When comparing yield maps from year to year, do you notice consistent yield trends? You’ve probably noted many things throughout the year, but the big question is, what are you going to do about it?

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May, 30 2014 - by Luke James

Simplify Your Crop Insurance Reporting with SMS Software!

Looking for a more efficient method for crop insurance reporting this year? Why not use your precision ag data? It contains all the important details required for reporting such as planting dates, crops and acres. Earl Porter, Porter Crop Insurance, in southeast Kansas used SMS for acreage reporting and was impressed with the expedited acreage reporting. “It eliminates the need for the farmer to look up records and fill out acreage report by hand. I feel like the SMS program will help agents and farmers alike by speeding up the data collection and processing both in accuracy and time constrains.”

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May, 20 2014 - by Luke James

Crop Scouting Using All Your Precision Ag Data – Part 2

As we seek new ways to increase efficiency within our operations, utilizing precision technologies for crop scouting becomes appealing. In a previous blog we discussed utilizing your precision ag data while crop scouting. While it’s important to have access to that reference data in the field, you may ask yourself how can I use GPS technology to precisely and more efficiently record crop and pest observations? Or how can I precisely map and integrate my crop sensor readings into precision scouting software? How can I create custom tailored scouting reports and securely archive scouting data?

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May, 14 2014 - by Luke James

Crop Scouting Using All Your Precision Ag Data – Part 1

The evolution of precision ag has impacted how growers and ag professionals accomplish many tasks.  We’ve seen in-field crop scouting evolve from a notepad and pencil, to a GPS enabled tablet/mobile device to simply record crop and pest observations.  Is it adequate for you to just document observations? Want to precisely navigate to each hybrid planted? Want to navigate to particular treatment zones?  Need to navigate to an area that you’ve been struggling with in previous years?

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Apr, 15 2014 - by Luke James

Utilizing UAV Imagery with SMS Advanced

The production ag community has envisioned the many benefits of utilizing UAV technology since its inception. With many affordable solutions on the market today, ag professionals have begun offering services, and growers have realized the opportunity of using their own UAVs in their operations. While UAVs have become more affordable, often this technology has required the purchase of additional software programs to stitch, process and analyze captured imagery. While SMS doesn’t currently offer image stitching tools, the software is capable of processing and analyzing the raw NIR imagery.

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Dec, 17 2013 - by Luke James

The Software Sales Team Welcomes Kaleb Lindquist!

Kaleb Lindquist joined the software sales team in August of 2013. He spent the first part of his Ag Leader career as a technical support intern and then as a training specialist, leading training events and building materials for internal and dealer training courses.

Kaleb grew up in northwest Iowa, where his family grows corn and soybeans in addition to hogs and cattle. He attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in agronomy in the spring of 2012. We’re excited for the opportunity to welcome Kaleb to the software sales team and know that he’ll become great asset to the team.

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Oct, 29 2013 - by Luke James

Value of Data: Soil Sampling

As we move deeper into the fall and harvest wraps up in some areas, growers and ag-professionals shift their focus towards other fall activities, like soil sampling. Ag Leader’s SMS Desktop and Mobile Software can assist with this activity helping you setup soil sampling sites and navigate to those while in the field. 

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