Precision Podcast Takes to the Air with the Autocopter

John Davis

The latest in precision agriculture might not be at the ground level, turning the soil.  It might come just a few feet above the top of the crops in the form of the Autocopter. In this edition of the Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we talk to Autocopter president Donald Effren, who describes how this little helicopter with …

Aerial Imagery, Ag Leader, Audio, Precision Pays Podcast

Precision Podcast from Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Director of Research Tracy Blackmer was one of the presenters for the PrecisonAg Learning Center at the 2010 Commodity Classic trade show. Tracy is head of ISA’s On-Farm Network®, which focuses on precision agriculture tools and technology to collect information that can increase growers’ profits from crop production and I interviewed him at Classic for this …

Ag Leader, Audio, Commodity Classic, Education, Precision Pays Podcast, Research for ASA Scholarship Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

This year’s winner of the American Soybean Association scholarship has a passion for precision. Ben Bellar, a high school senior from Howard, Kansas, was named the 2010-2011 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship recipient during the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. The scholarship package, made possible through a grant by BASF, included a one-time $5,000 education award, a trip to …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Education, John Deere, Soybeans

Deere At Classic

Chuck Zimmerman

At Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA, Jared Hayes, John Deere, was showing attendees what the company is offering to growers in the area of precision ag. With spring almost here and planting just around the corner I asked him what’s new from the company. Jared says one of the big things with planting which is becoming more important every year …

Audio, Commodity Classic, John Deere

Farmers Getting Ready for Spring Planting

Cindy Zimmerman

Spring is just around the corner – the time when a farmer’s fancy turns to thoughts of planting. Growers stopping by the Ag Leader Technology booth at the Commodity Classic trade show last week definitely had spring on their minds. General sales manager Mike Olson says they talked a lot about what growers need to know to get precision farming …

Ag Leader, Audio, Commodity Classic, Planting

New TeeJet ISOBUS Sprayer Control

Kurt Lawton

TeeJet now offer two new solutions for ISOBUS sprayer control for owners of factory-installed virtual terminals, or for operators who require a complete system including a virtual terminal. The TeeJet ISOBUS Sprayer System uses a John Deere, CASE IH or AGCO virtual terminal.  The kit includes the IC18 ISOBUS Sprayer Electronic Control Unit (ECU), BoomPilot automatic boom section control module, a switch …

Audio, Company Announcement, Displays, Equipment, Spraying, Standards

Agriculture Secretary at Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack gave the keynote address during the general session at the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California on Friday and focused on the achievements of American agriculture. Comparing agriculture in this country to gold medal winners and hall of fame inductees, Vilsack talked about the amazing productivity of our producers. “These are people who plant …

Audio, Commodity Classic, John Deere

Calculating Precision Profit

Chuck Zimmerman

The PrecisionAg Institute can help growers know how well it Works now with a new Profit Calculator. The organization was exhibiting at Commodity Classic and I stopped by and spoke with Director Elliott Nowels. In the photo you can see one of the educational presentations scheduled in their booth taking place. Elliott says the profit calculator helps growers understand the …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Uncategorized

John Deere Unveils Chip Foose Designed 4020 Tractor

Chuck Zimmerman

I am attending Commodity Classic courtesy of John Deere. This is the combined meetings of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. John Deere took the opportunity to unveil a very unique tractor designed by Chip Foose. It’s a 1970 John Deere 4020. The tractor will be given away to …

Audio, Commodity Classic, John Deere, Video