Holiday Travel & Ag Data plus Frozen Turkey

Holiday Travel & Ag Data plus Frozen Turkey

Holiday Travel & Ag Data plus Frozen Turkey. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

Over the last several years people have figured out that if you attach computers to tractors and combines that they can collect an incredible amount of data that can then be used in a myriad of ways. Jeff Elliott with Farmlink.

ELLIOTT: We're able to collect yield information across millions of acres of land , year over year over year then tie that into a big data science venue where we can overlay lots of other data-sets. Typography, weather and as you do that you can start to draw some pretty intelligent insights on similarly situated parcels of land, what's the range of distribution we see in yield. And once you've done that you can go to a farmer and tell them the high yield area of your field isn't necessarily the high performing part of your field.

Thanksgiving is next week and AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase from 2013. Almost 90 percent of travelers plan to celebrate the holiday with a road trip, which is good news for NW residents, who will enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years. The national price of gasoline has fallen below $3.00 per gallon for the first time since December 22, 2010 and for residents in Washington it's the lowest since 2009.

Have you had a turkey in the freezer for years. Is it safe to cook and serve it for this Thanksgiving? Gary Crawford has more.

(USDA Report)

Thanks Gary. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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