If your a crop farmer, please fill out the crop scouting survey HERE, before you read the rest of my post: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/farm_survey_dec2010
Now, for everyone else, I love surveys… Or maybe I should say I love the results of surveys, to be honest I don’t fill many out. If you’ve ever gotten one of those never ending “fill-in-the-blank” forms in the mail, I’m sure you’ll understand. But survey’s have value, the provide good insight for those conducting the survey, they help define what folks want, how things are perceived, and ultimately help shape the products and services that are available in the marketplace.
Two things inspired this post. First, surveys today can be so much easier/simpler, both for those filling them out, and for those tabulating the results. The one I link above is a good example. the underlying technology, the http://www.surveymonkey.com/ is a tool I’m familiar with, we used it for surveying applicants for the AgChat Foundation 2010 training conference. I really don’t know who the survey’s being done for, not even sure if the CCA group mentioned is an organization or a certification program of another organization. But I do know that crop scouting is an essential part of farming, whether you do it yourself, whether your input suppplier does it, or whether you hire an independent third party. Making every component of agriculture better is important, and that includes crop scouting. And making it better requires getting feedback from farmers. I’m just glad there’s technology in place to make this process as painless as possible!
The second reason I decided to write this post. Now that surveys have moved online, everyone seems to be inundated with organizations wanting to “survey” them, on every topic imaginable. My response rate to online surveys probably isn’t much better than my response to paper ones. But this one is different, it came from a “friend” a personal connection, you know, the thing we talk about doing with social media. Well, in this case it worked, because I filled out the survey. And so, I’m asking you, if you happened upon this blog with some random Google search or something, odds are you probably aren’t a crop farmer, so nothing more to do. If you ARE a crop farmer, you have nothing more to do either I’m sure, b/c you followed the instructions at the top of this post and already have the survey completed, right?