What is Precision Conservation Management?
IL Corn developed Precision Conservation Management (PCM) to meet the management needs of farmers by making possible the integration of agronomic information with financial and environmental analytics.
PCM helps farmers address water quality through the voluntary adoption of conservation practices, the developing confidence in those practices, and the understanding of economic impacts of those practices.
Through an online Farmer Portal, farmers can access the economics of their farming practices or systems based on the financial averages/standard costs derived from Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) data and University of Illinois Ag Economics Department. Users can also enter their own financial numbers in place of the standard costs in order to get a more individualized assessment of their own on-farm economics.
The farmer’s individual information is protected in this system* and is not shared unless the individual farmer grants permission. In this case, data anonymous and aggregated before it is shared with researchers. Through this system – either with standardized or individualized data – the farmer has access to the agronomic data on each field for his or her farm to see how well the conservation practices may be working.
PCM relies on an extensive set of team members including U of I, FBFM, and Heartland Science and Technology to aggregate, assess, and compare each of these data sets. Now, in its fourth year working with Illinois farmers, PCM is prepared to make some recommendations to help farmers accomplish both their economic and their conservation goals.
The PCM program is focused on the following Illinois counties: Champaign, Christian, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Livingston, Macoupin, McLean, Sangamon, Tazewell, Vermilion, Woodford. The program is also offered in Kentucky.