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"Achieve maximum net return per acre utilizing the most cost effective resources."

The MFA PowerCalf program provides access to the latest technology along with products and services to increase profit for the cow/calf producer. Combining best management practices with detailed records, MFA staff can assist in digitizing, analyzing and benchmarking herd improvement for increased profit. PowerCalf helps producers measure and manage all aspects of their operation, from forage quality to herd genetics, health & nutrition protocols, and reproductive efficiency.

PowerCalf is a menu of products and services producers can choose from to fit their needs, it is not a specific set of requirements or protocols.

PowerCalf is also where the most current best management practices are outlined so that producers can choose the tools they need to deploy the practices they wish to use.

PowerCalf can help:

  • Utilize all applicable whole herd best management practices.
  • Capture data points necessary for measuring key production activities.
  • Digitize, standardize, and manage production data to facilitate decision making.
  • Determine and access the genetics most able to improve desired performance and quality.
  • Prepare your calf crop for marketing at the point of maximum return.
  • Maximize the efficiency, quality, and sustainability of your forage base.



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Yield Processing

In your Precision Advantage binder you will find the following:

  1. The Client and farm locator with aerial photos of your farm and the surrounding area lists field names and acres. These photos and the outline of the farm provide a fail-safe method of identifying and locating your operation for purposes of delivery, input application, communication to value-added processors, landlords, etc. 
  2. The FarmShot will give you an overall perspective of the variability across crops and over the entire farm. Use the FarmShot to pinpoint problem areas such as variety differences, drainage issues, and soil type/variety performance. 
  3.  Field Operationsinclude operational reports like planting, fungicide, herbicide, nitrogen and any other attribute that you collect with GPS throughout the growing season. And Soil Type maps with crop specific NRCS yield goals* to compare how your yields measure up to the soil types potential. 
  4.  Basic Yield Mappingincludes field level Yield, Moisture, and soil type maps. Each yield map comes with Min, Max, and Average bushels per acre, plus total harvested bushels. Use the yield maps to look at within field variability, determine average bushel per ac. and total bushels harvested for each field. Moisture maps show varieties that dry down faster in the field. 
  5. To get a better feel of your profit per acre use the Net Income Analysis. The net income analysis takes your average bushels per acre, every 15 feet, and multiplying it by your selling price and then subtracting it by the cost per acre. The cost figures used in Net Income analysis is just operational cost; fixed costs will not be included. You will be required to calculate your own cost per acre per field before this analysis can be run. 
  6. On-Farm Trials will allow the producer to compare 2 or more variables to dry yield. Say for instance, you would like to look at soil type by variety by population or how your corn yielded with and without N-serve or if treated seed help to improve yields. The maps and graphs will help you make decisions for next year. 
  7.  Crop Removalcan be a great program to actively manage your fertility levels with your yield monitor. First Intensively soil sample your field. Then we can use the past 1 or 2 years worth of yield data for yield goals. 
  8. After you have collected yield data for over 5 or more years, you can look at Multi-Year Yield Analysis. The Multi-Year Yield analysis derives high, medium, and low management zones from at least 5 years of yield data. From these management zones, we calculate the highest average corn and soybean yield goals then use the yield goals for VR plant food, nitrogen, and seed recommendations. If intensive sampling has already been done on the field, then we can create a sampling scheme based on past fertility and management zones. 
  9. After your Management zones have been created, we will plot out your field with multiple 30’ by 100’ test strips in each of the management zones. Each test strip will have different rates of Nitrogen or Populations to determine what the Economic Optimum Nitrogen or Seeding Rate (EONR & EOSR) for each management zone in your field. A recommendation file with the different plot rates will be created for your monitor so is all you have to do is load the file and drive. 
  10. From the EONR and EOSR study, we will create Variable Rate Recommendations for on-the-go application of nitrogen and seed populations. 
  11.  Regional Analysisis getting a group of producers from a similar geographical region together and pooling their data to obtain a sound conclusion about their given area. Regional Analysis is still in its infancy stage. If you are interested, ask your Precision Representative how you can get involved in Regional Analysis.