Precision Planting Pays

Joanna Schroeder

“Precision Planting’s business is trying to make sure seeds get into the right space at the right distance and seeds only land where they need to land,” Precision Planting’s Jason Larkin explained to me during the Farm Progress Show. We use precision technology to know where the tractor is at and where the plant is at to control population, so …

Audio, Corn, Farm Progress Show, Planting, Variable rate, Video

Ag Leader Talks GPS Guidance & Steering

Joanna Schroeder

Earlier this year Ag Leader launched a new GPS guidance and steering technology called ParaDyme. While the product is still fairly new, growers are already raving about it. To learn more about its unique features and benefits, I spoke with Jeff Bentley, GPS Guidance and Steering Sales Manager for Ag Leader. ParaDyme is a fully functional, fully integrated hydraulic steering …

Ag Leader, Audio, Displays, Farm Progress Show, GPS, Guidance

Ag Industry Integral to America’s Future

Joanna Schroeder

During a press conference hosted by Growth Energy, Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey stressed the importance of the ethanol industry to agriculture. Northey told the tale of how corn farmers were looking for a way to sell their excess corn back in the 80s and so they created the ethanol industry. And it worked. Last year, ethanol used 4 billion …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show

Politicians at Farm Progress Show

Cindy Zimmerman

Instead of kissing babies and giving speeches, the Iowa politicians at Farm Progress Show 2010 were mostly wearing hats and doing interviews as they walked through the show talking constituents or potential voters. Iowa’s Senator Chuck Grassley spent some time checking out all the new technology on display at the show, between media interviews. In the photo, he is being …

Ag Leader, Audio, Farm Progress Show

Precision.AgWired.com: Sometimes Precision Is Not That Precise

John Davis

In this edition of the Precision.AgWired.com Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we listen to an explanation of how precision agriculture sometimes actually misses the mark. The whole idea of precision agriculture is being able to precisely place seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and any other applications in the exact right place at the exact right time in the exact right portion, …

Ag Leader, Audio, ICPA, Precision Pays Podcast

Mapping to Maximize Nutrient Application

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision ag was highlighted at the Nutrient Use Efficiency Expo during the recent Conservation in Action Tour by a company called Geosys. Company representative Don Lampker says they do a lot with satellite imagery and have a product called FieldInSite which helps farmers map their fields so they can make decisions on which areas are most productive. They can then …

Audio, Conservation, Satellite

Precision Ag Evangelist

Cindy Zimmerman

A precision agriculture pioneer was on hand last week for the Conservation Technology and Information Center (CTIC) Conservation in Action tour near Williamsburg, Virginia. Harold Reetz, who founded the InfoAg Conference, is one of the board members for the CTIC. He recently retired after 28 years with the International Plant Nutrition Institute and started Reetz Agronomics. As a champion of …

Audio, Conservation, ICPA, InfoAg

Precision.AgWired.com: Ecological Intensification Key to Meeting Future World Food Needs

John Davis

In this edition of the Precision.AgWired.com Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we listen in on one of the sessions at the recent International Conference on Precision Agriculture held in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ken Cassman with the University of Nebraska’s Center for Energy Sciences Research told the standing-room-only crowd that if you look at the past 40 years of farming …

Ag Leader, Audio, ICPA, Precision Pays Podcast

There’s No Magic Bullet in Precision Ag

John Davis

This morning’s opening session of the 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) was certainly a good one, as attendees heard that while the world’s farmers have increased the rate of growth of the food they produce, the current increase doesn’t match the rise in the human population and its rising incomes expected by the year 2050 when it’s expected …

Audio, General, ICPA, Industry News

World Gathers in Denver for Int’l Conference on Precision Ag

John Davis

The 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) has kicked off at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver and runs through Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Throughout the day, hundreds of research scientists, producers, technology company representatives, equipment manufacturers, input dealers, agronomic consultants, software developers, educators, government personnel and policymakers have been pouring into the Mile High City from 40 …

Audio, General, ICPA