Hands-On Demos

Laura McNamara

Farmers are getting a sneak peak trial of John Deere’s latest in desktop software, the beta version of the company’s Apex 2.0 program. The live demo is just one of four innovative products John Deere is displaying at its Ag Management Solutions booth. Consumers can also check out the company’s Autotrack Universal System Mobile Guidance Solution, GS2 Rate Controller, and …

Audio, Displays, Software

Hands-Free Technology

Laura McNamara

It’s no magic trick. It’s a John Deere Precision Ag demonstration, showing just how much freedom satellite technology can offer a farmer in the field. Public Relations Manager Barry Nelson explained that operators need to program their routes just once and satellite operation will take care of the rest: distance, turns, no sweat. Barry also filled me in on the …

Audio, Displays, Events, Satellite

MapShots Focuses on Crop Data Management

Cindy Zimmerman

MapShots is a software development company specializing in crop management applications for agriculture. The company’s flagship product, EASi Suite, is a desktop software application that is a complete crop management software package, providing crop planning, crop recordkeeping and GIS/Precision Ag functionality. MapShots Director of Corporate Solutions Tim Taylor was at the recent InfoAg conference in Springfield, Illinois to demonstrate their …

Audio, Equipment, General, Software

Harvesting Information

Cindy Zimmerman

Managing data well on the farm can help growers harvest a wealth of information to help them operate more efficiently. One company that helps growers do that is SST Development Group of Stillwater, Okla. Operations manager Matt Waitts says SST is a software and information services company started in 1994. “We have an extensive record-keeping program for producers to record …

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Central Valley Ag and Precision Farming

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision ag is an important segment of the products and services offered to members of the Central Valley Ag cooperative in Nebraska. Glen Franzleubbers of Oakland and Keith Byerly of Tilton attended the recent InfoAg conference in Springfield, Illinois where they stopped by the John Deere Agri Services booth. Glen says their precision ag program at CVA is called Advanced …

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Precision Ag Consulting

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision ag management is a consulting specialty for some, like Nicky Burgess of Fullen Land and Management Partners in Ripley, Tennessee. “My main job is data management and anything else that goes with precision ag,” says Burgess. “From hooking up a piece of equipment on a sprayer to analyzing yield data, all the way to managing the people and training …

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Precision Soil Sampling

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision soil sampling has come a long way, according to Tom McGraw of Midwest Independent Soil Samplers, pictured here at the recent InfoAg conference with John Deere’s Jeff Kaiser. “Precision sampling isn’t all that new. 1929, Purdue University started grid sampling,” says McGraw. “We’ve done millions of acres of grid sampling by now.” He says that using imagery to detect …

Audio, General, Satellite, Software

ZedX Offers Precision Ag Tools

Cindy Zimmerman

ZedX Incorporated was on display at the recent InfoAg conference in Springfield, Il. Marketing Director Mike Santostefano says ZedX is combination of precision agriculture tools and weather products. “In terms of agriculture, we have our AgFleet and HighQ programs,” he says. AgFleet is the in-season, in-field suite of tools, while HighQ is end of the season yield analysis tools. ZedX …

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See Crop Variability Clearly

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the presentations at last week’s InfoAg 2007 was titled “See Crop Variability Clearly,” on how remote sensing technology delivers aerial images that provide a unique view of crop and field variability. The presentation was given by Jeff Kaiser of John Deere Agri Services, who talked about the OptiGro™ system. “OptiGro is an in-season imagery service that allows you …

Audio, Education, General, Satellite