New Planting Technology will Accompany Hoosier Farmers

first_img By Andy Eubank – Apr 13, 2014 Facebook Twitter Previous articleThe Battle for the RFS ContinuesNext articleIndiana Wheat Breaking Dormancy Andy Eubank SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News New Planting Technology will Accompany Hoosier Farmers New Planting Technology will Accompany Hoosier Farmers Facebook Twitter SHARE FieldScripts in 2014Indiana farmers are anxious to get in the field and start the 2014 planting season, and some of them will have new technology onboard this year. FieldScripts® from Monsanto provides seed selection and a variable rate seeding prescription right in the cab. Dave Rhylander says it will roll out in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.“Last year we had 150 farmers testing in those four states. We had maybe 25 farmers in Indiana that actually ground truthed this for us last year, and the whole objective was to have them test it and kind of debug the system for us so we could come back and take some learnings from their experiences and make a better product so when we launched it we had a better product for the farmers who would buy in 2014.”FieldScripts effectively diagnoses individual and unique farm field conditions to maximize that field’s yield potential.“It’s the best hybrid match for that particular field and then we write a variable seeding rate that will change every ten meters in a field if it requires, by up to 500 seeds. The objective is to not overplant the poor areas of the field, put the right amount of seed on that area and then redistribute that seed to other areas of the field that should actually be planted at a higher population than what the farmer could today.”One thing Monsanto has learned through testing and debugging is that farmers will need to accumulate 3 years of data to plug into FieldScripts.“When we started this last year with these farmers in Indiana we only asked them for 2 years of yield data,” Rhylander said. “What we learned from this is we cannot use just 2 years. We need to have 3 years of data, so that was a significant learning for us. the other thing that we learned, you set your yield target for the fieldscript based upon how you’re going to fertilize the field.”If you’re thinking about FieldScripts for the future, Rhylander says start saving the data. You’ll need the 3 years total and 2 years of corn, plus 3 acre grid samples, not 4 acre grid samples. And the Monsanto approach to data is, if you create it, it’s yours.Learn more in the full interview:Dave Rhylander-FieldScriptslast_img read more

Fine-tuning online education

first_imgAndrew Ho, research director of HarvardX and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), spoke with the Gazette about a recent study that found that interspersing online lectures with short tests improved student performance. The practice cut student mind-wandering by half, tripled the rate of note-taking, and improved overall retention of the material, according to the research, published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.GAZETTE: In describing the study, senior author Daniel Schacter, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, said there is “shockingly little” hard scientific data on how students learn online — how useful do you see this new study as being?HO: Of course it’s incredibly important. Dan is a member of our HarvardX Research Committee, which is charged with coordinating and supporting the research mission of HarvardX, and research like this is one reason he’s on that committee, and one of the many ways he’s contributed to our discussions thus far.It’s true that there are fewer scientific research findings in this field than one would expect, but that is rapidly changing, and it’s frankly our mission to change it. One of the challenges to this type of research is that it can be difficult to obtain large sample sizes, but the platform we have is beginning to change that. We are able to capture every mouse click with HarvardX, and that is an incredibly rich resource for research. It’s allowing us to address a number of questions that we hadn’t been able to address in the past, and Dan’s paper is an example of the type of work we want to facilitate.GAZETTE: What was your reaction when you first saw the findings?HO: I think the take-home point from this for our HarvardX research mission is the importance of experimental research. HarvardX is already incorporating the implications of Dan’s findings into its courses — we’re already interspersing assessments with lectures, but the key question is: How do we know if it is working? This type of controlled experimentation is the answer.What Dan’s work allows us to say is that interspersing lectures with tests isn’t just associated with these outcomes — it actually caused them. It is the reason why mind-wandering decreased and note-taking increased. Without this type of rigorous experimentation, all we have is speculation. I think that’s the great opportunity that HarvardX affords, and it’s something that we are primed to take advantage of with people like Dan on the committee.Dan is hoping to replicate this in the HarvardX world, and to ask questions about whether this result can be generalized to other courses or other topics, and whether this leads to greater learning outcomes, which is something we haven’t been able to test yet.GAZETTE: There is still a perception that taking online classes is somehow less educationally valid than being in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Do you see this study as refuting that belief?HO: This is a reminder that online learning is an active process, not a passive process. We are not watching television, we are not watching TED talks, and we are not watching YouTube videos. We are an active participant in a process that is challenging us, and forcing us to think and respond. What this paper shows is that active participation doesn’t just force us to move, it actually focuses us, and elicits behaviors that are associated with active learning.GAZETTE: While this recent paper focuses on online education, researchers have said they would expect to see the same effect in in-person lectures. How do you see the best practices of the virtual classroom affecting real-world classrooms?HO: The world of online education challenges us as instructors to make our teaching good enough to show to the entire world. But part of the HarvardX mission is to make sure that we are having an impact on our students on Harvard’s campus as well — this is not just about how we can distribute our lectures around the world but how we can improve our practice for our students here.I think, in many ways, online education is about putting old pieces together in new ways, but what we find is that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We are engaging communities through online discussion forums, and by encouraging constant self-assessment. Students can see their progress is real-time and, as they’re sitting and watching a lecture, they can also track and measure their learning.  As Dan’s work shows, this can be an incredibly motivating and active process.There is as much a lesson here for our classrooms on campus — that if we can break up our presentation into assessable moments, it can improve students’ overall performance. The virtual classroom need not replace the real-world classroom as much as transform it — we can improve our practices by incorporating these new technologies and these new models of interaction. We are active participants, and what this paper shows is that by challenging us to do more than watch, but to think, we cannot help but learn.last_img read more

Woods to play with McIlroy, Thomas in Riviera return

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Tiger Woods continues his comeback this week at Riviera Country Club, where he’ll be paired with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas in the first two rounds of the Genesis Open.Three weeks after finishing tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines, where he made his first US PGA Tour start in a year, Woods returns to a Riviera course where he has plenty of history but relatively little success.Woods was a reedy 16-year-old when he made his first PGA Tour start at Riviera, playing on a sponsor’s exemption and missing the cut.He went on to pile up 79 US tour titles and 14 major championships, but in 10 appearances at Riviera his best finish was second place in 1998, which he followed with a tie for second in 1999.Of the professional events Woods has entered at least four times, it is the only one he has not won, and he last played the tournament in 2006.Woods will tee off with four-time major-winner Mcilroy and reigning USPGA Champion Thomas on Riviera’s 10th tee at 7:22 a.m. (15:22 GMT) on Thursday. While Woods was recovering from spinal fusion surgery last April, and McIlroy battled through a season an injury plagued 2017, Thomas counted his first major title among his five victories last season and has already notched one win in the 2017-18 campaign, in the CJ Cup in South Korea.Woods said he thought 20-something players like Thomas are starting to see him as a competitor thanks to his two solid outings in the unofficial Hero World Challenge and at Torrey Pines.Woods sounded confident that his game would soon having contending with the emerging stars, but he admitted one conversation with Thomas this week brought him up short.“He asked me when did I play in this tournament as an amateur,” Woods said. “i said, yeah, I was 16, 1992.“He said that was the year before I was born. That really put things in perspective really fast.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more