Harvesting Corn at Farm Progress Show

Chuck Zimmerman

The weather cooperated big time this year at the Farm Progress Show so that field demonstrations got in a full schedule. We had a nice breeze to tone down a hot day in the field during the show. Corn harvest demonstrations began at 11am and there were crowds on hand to watch the large combines, tractors and grain carts in …

Agribusiness, Corn, Farm Progress Show, Harvesting, John Deere, Video

Nod to Trailblazers Helping Up and Coming Precision Ag Companies

John Davis

New players in the game of precision agriculture owe a lot of thanks to some of the bigger companies that went before them. Some of those giving credit for their success of helping farmers use precision agriculture to get the most out of their fields are the folks at Solum. At the recent International Conference on Precision Agriculture, Chuck caught …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, ICPA

MapShots to Offer MAPP… Mobile App… for Its Software

John Davis

One of the issues about some of the data collection methods for precision agriculture is the fact that many times the data still has to be manually transferred from data device, such as a USB, to office software. The folks at MapShots hope to change that. At the International Conference on Precision Agriculture in Indianapolis, IN, Chuck talked to the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Apps, Audio, Data Collection, ICPA, Wireless

Raven Innovation Summit

Chuck Zimmerman

Raven Industries is holding an Innovation Summit this week at company headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD. Cindy is there and will be sharing some of what’s new with Raven this week. I spoke with Denton Schwiesow (not pictured), U.S. Sales Mgr., during the International Conference on Precision Agriculture about the event. Denton says the company will bring in their distribution …

Agribusiness, Raven

Drought, CTIC Tour Open Up Learning Opportunities

John Davis

If there’s anything positive about the drought this year (and I realize that’s a real stretch) it might be what producers and companies are learning from these extreme circumstances. In addition, events, such as the Indian Creek Watershed Project Field Tour, fittingly set when conservation is a hot topic of discussion gives even more opportunities to discuss how to overcome …

Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Monsanto

Drought Hurts Crops, Allows Weeds to Grow

John Davis

Farmers in the Midwest have been hit hard with drought this summer. Not only has the dry, hot weather withered the crops, but the lack of rain also kept a lot of pre-emerge herbicides from working properly. During the recent Anthem Field Plot Tour, FMC officials got the chance to talk with farmers throughout the Midwest about these kinds of …

Agribusiness, Audio

FarmSight on International Stage

Chuck Zimmerman

Attendees at the International Conference on Precision Agriculture got the full overview of the John Deere FarmSight strategy from Mark Stelford who does Solutions Marketing in the Intelligent Solutions Group. I visited with Mark afterward. Mark says that when you look at some of the megatrends in agriculture and outside the industry like demand for food, fiber and fuel between …

Agribusiness, Audio, ICPA, John Deere

Mobile Weather from John Deere

Chuck Zimmerman

Mobile weather sounds like it would be a high priority for farmers today. John Deere unveiled their version of it at the FarmSight Tech Summit. I visited with Janae Tapper, Product Manager in the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group about the product. For private and commercial applicators who need precise weather information in order to make proper product application and …

Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere, weather

The Pillars of John Deere FarmSight

Chuck Zimmerman

When it comes to FarmSight, Jerry Roell has the insight. He’s John Deere’s Director, FarmSight, Intelligent Solutions Group. Jerry says they began developing FarmSight about two years ago looking at three areas. The first of these is machine optimization and trying to figure out how to make machines more efficient, more productive and to monitor machine help. The second area …

Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere