Medius Ag, LLC Expands Partnership with North Carolina Extension Service
On October 1, field corn data for the North Carolina Official Variety Testing (NCOVT) program was made available on Medius Ag’s .Re online agricultural data management platform. The data can be accessed at https://ncovt.medius.re/corn. Corn was the second most valuable agricultural commodity grown in North Carolina in 2019, at $459 million, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
With the addition of corn, North Carolina growers can now see soybeans, corn, and wheat variety trial data created through NCOVT, representing the first, second, and eighth-most valuable crops in the state, respectively. Nationally, in 2019 corn was the most valuable commodity at $52 billion, followed by soybeans at $37 billion, according to NASS estimates from February 2020. In the same report, wheat was valued at $9.6 billion, or the fourth most valuable commodity.
At this time, NCOVT corn data is limited to 2019, but will be expanded to include additional years at a date yet to be determined. In 2019, NCOVT corn data includes 780 variety records representing 89 varieties. Data was collected across nine locations: Beaufort, Duplin, Greene, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Robeson, Rowan, Surry, and Union. The varieties include early, medium, and late-maturing varieties.
As with all .Re platforms, users will be able to compare emerging varieties with industry standards across locations and years with ease. In this way, growers, extension agents, researchers, and other interested parties will be able to evaluate North Carolina corn data quickly, accurately, and efficiently. Ultimately this information will lead to improved planting decisions by North Carolina corn growers.
If you have variety trial data that you’d like to see managed in a more dynamic way so that you too can stop sifting through spreadsheets, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.