AG CONNECT Will Spotlight Precision Ag

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest technology in agriculture will be a major part of the “new generation of ag show” coming 2010 to Orlando – AG CONNECT expo 2010. A preview of AG CONNECT 2010 was offered to ag executives meeting Thursday in St. Louis for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers AgExecutive Forum. According to show manager Sara Truesdale Mooney, they have taken …

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A Passion for Precision

Cindy Zimmerman

Dr. Jay Lehr of The Heartland Institute has a passion for agriculture – especially precision agriculture. “The average person thinks that farming today is the same as it was in his grandfather’s day and it’s changed dramatically,” said Dr. Lehr at a meeting of farm machinery company executives last week in St. Louis. “Using global positioning systems, geographic information systems …

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John Deere Introduces New Utility Tractors

Chuck Zimmerman

We’re getting ready to “Drive Green” here in Sarasota, FL. The company announced their new line of utility tractors in the 5 and 6 Series. I’ll have pictures and video after we go out there later today. This morning at the registration table I spoke with Barry Nelson, Public Relations Manager, about what’s new from John Deere. He said, “We …

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Input Costs Increase Precision Interest

Cindy Zimmerman

Indiana farm broadcaster Gary Truitt – voice of the Hoosier Ag Today radio network – recently did an interview with Purdue ag economist Bruce Erickson about how higher input costs are making many farmers take a second look at precision. Erickson told Gary that the change in the farm economy has spurred a renewed interest in precision farming. “Couple of …

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Showing Precision Guided Tillage at Farm Science Review

Chuck Zimmerman

The Farm Science Review is taking place in London, OH and I got to attend the precision ag field demos yesterday and found John Deere on the job. I spoke with John Deere’s Jamie Bultemeier (pictured on the left). He was conducting a precision tillage demonstration. Jamie’s an agronomist by training so he focuses on crop production as it relates …

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Aligned Farming Enhances Precision

Laura McNamara

Measuring progress is key to determining which farming techniques are more profitable than others for growers. Clay Mitchell, a farmer in NE Iowa says aligned-farming is a precision farming technique that allows growers to measure their progress, particularly compared to angled-farming. “What’s special about aligned farming systems is that it allows us to measure them,” Clay said. “We can finally …

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Auto-Steer Compliments Skip-Row Farming

Laura McNamara

Specialized farming practices paired with specialized farming technology can mean “special” results for farmers if you ask Robert Klein. Robert is an Extension Cropping Systems Specialist with the University of Nebraska in North Platte. He says when it comes to seeding and planting plots for crop performance evaluation, using GPS-RTK Auto Steering technology with skip-row planting methods can boost yields. …

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Precision FIT with Pioneer

Laura McNamara

Pioneer is offering a new, free service that it says can give farmers more: more information and more uses for that information. Pioneer Hi-Bred’s FIT mapping combines GPS data with a free mapping service offering farmers detailed information about their crops, where they’re growing their crops and whether they’re growing them in way that maximizes their resources. Did I mention …

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