No Looking Back

Laura McNamara

Tennessee Grower Alan Meadows is willing to bet that no less than 90 percent of all farmers who try their hand at tools using precision technology wouldn’t ever dream of moving forward without it. In an interview, Meadows told reporter Stewart Doan that if farmers “try it… [they’ll] never go back.” Meadows was a presenter at the American Soybean Association/John …

Audio, Events, Reach for the Stars, Software

Toeing the Line with Precision Upgrades

Laura McNamara

Farmers are feeling out the benefits of GPS satellite technology with measured care. At least, that’s what “Reach For The Stars” seminar presenter Dr. Terry Griffin says. Griffin held an audience at last week’s American Soybean Association/John Deere Ag Management Solutions seminar in Arkansas. The University of Arkansas Ag extension economist says precision agriculture encompasses several different technologies and isn’t …

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Precision Ag Growth in the Mid South

Chuck Zimmerman

At this week’s American Soybean Association/John Deere Ag Management Solutions, “Reach For The Stars” seminar in Arkansas Ted Glaub, Glaub Farm Management and ASA board member, was a presenter. He says that a lot of his operators are using new sprayer technology to save significantly on input costs, especially on odd shaped fields. Ted says that using precision equipment does …

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Reaching For The Stars This Week

Chuck Zimmerman

Over the next week or so we’ll be featuring interviews with people who are attending and presenting at the American Soybean Association/John Deere Ag Management Solutions, “Reach For The Stars” seminars in Arkansas and Indiana. We’ve enlisted the aid of two very well known farm broadcasters, Stewart Doan, past President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and Gary Truitt, …

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PrecisionAg Institute Says

Chuck Zimmerman

I know we’ve already mentioned some findings from the PrecisionAg Institute about whether precision agriculture pays. I had an opportunity to talk with K. Elliott Nowels, who authored a report for the Institute titled, “Precision Powers Profit” (pdf file) to learn more about what they did find. First of all they found that 80% of farmers who use precision are …

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Documenting Precision Agriculture On The Farm

Chuck Zimmerman

Farmers wanting to see how other farmers are using new technologies like precision agriculture can see and hear it from the folks at Successful Farming. It’s called the Crop Tech Tour. Regular updates are printed in the magazine but for the most up to date information you’ll need to keep your eye on Agriculture Online where they’ll be posting pictures, …

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More Precision Agriculture in Cotton

Chuck Zimmerman

At last week’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences I got to interview Patrick Sikora, John Deere Ag Management Solutions Group, about the new technology available for cotton growers. He works in their new development area. Patrick says that cotton growers have been some of the earliest adopters of precision farming technology but that there may be some not familiar with products like …

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Precision Ag Research in Missouri

Cindy Zimmerman

Earlier this year I did a post about research being done by USDA-ARS and University of Missouri extension on precision agriculture. I had a chance to talk with MU extension ag engineer Kent Shannon about their research work and how they are proving that precision really does pay. Listen to my interview with Kent here. Kent Shannon (7:30 min mp3)

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John Deere iSolutions Make Precision Technology Easy to Understand

Laura McNamara

One of the biggest client-customer programs offered at the John Deere Agritechnica exhibit is the iSolutions program. Paul Leathem, the manager of John Deere Advertising in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, explains that AMS technology is well known in both North America and Europe, but the technology is less understood in Europe. He says iSolutions is meant to explain …

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