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Farmers will find a lot of options for cloud-based computing in this year. Easier access to data for sharing with others, or for yourself, is one key benefit. Understand the relationships with companies that offer services.
The concept of cloud computing isn’t new to business, but it’s moving into agriculture in a big way. And for 2014, farmers will find they have a number of convenient and valuable ways to work with the data they create on their operations. In this issue, we start a conversation about data and data management that will continue in different ways throughout the year.
Taking advantage of cloud computing will require understanding the relation-ships involved, and the features and benefits offered by the different services.
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Farmers are moving toward these services because information collected from field tasks is more valuable when it can be easily shared with trusted providers who can offer insight, prescription maps and more. The key is understanding the benefits of the services you choose to work with and the return for your operation.