NRCS Precision Farming Initiative

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has announced a new Precision Farming Incentive for farmers in that state. The Precision Farming Incentive is designed to encourage the adoption of variable-rate application of nutrients and pesticides and promote the use of GPS-enabled precision agricultural technology and equipment. The goals of the Precision Farming Incentive include improving water quality by targeting …

Audio, Conservation, Precision Ag in the News

Size Up Your GPS Investment Seminar

Kurt Lawton

Spending time this winter analyzing your precision practices is always beneficial. To this end, check out this DTN AG Online Seminar called “Sizing Your GPS Investment/Which Tools Fit the Farm,” hosted in September by DTN and The Progressive Farmer magazine. The seminar discusses numerous topics: As more tools associated with GPS technologies come available, farmers are beginning to question which …

Audio, Equipment, GPS

Aerial Precision

Chuck Zimmerman

This week I’m attending the National Agricultural Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas. It’s the first contact I’ve had with this group and I’ve been learning a lot. For example, I didn’t realize how big a role precision agriculture is playing in aerial application. I guess it makes sense though. If you can use gps and variable rate on the …

Ag Group, Audio, NAAA

Precision Products For The Budget Minded

Chuck Zimmerman

If you’re looking for an economical way to get started using precision ag on your farm, John Deere has some new options. Adding to the extensive lineup of GreenStar precision ag products, John Deere announces a new line of economical systems to help operators get started with precision ag or enhance the older systems they may already own. “Let’s start …

Audio, Equipment

Precision Ag Can Help Harvest Down Corn

Chuck Zimmerman

At the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City last week I spoke once again with Laura Robson, Senior Marketing Manager, John Deere. This is actually a picture of Laura from Commodity Classic earlier this year. I asked Laura what Deere is doing in the precision area that will help farmers who are still trying to get their …

Audio, Corn

Harvest Corn Cobs For Cellulosic Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

Utilizing precision farming equipment when you’re harvesting corn will pay off even more once you can start harvesting corn cobs for cellulosic ethanol production. That’s what I learned at POET’s Project LIBERTY field day in Emmetsburg, IA this week. POET is working with ag OEM’s like John Deere to develop harvest equipment to collect cobs for the plants they plan …

Audio, Equipment, Ethanol

Precision Cotton Farming

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision cotton farming will be a focus of the upcoming Cotton Incorporated crop management seminar and workshops. Randall Weiseman with Southeast Agnet recently interviewed Cotton Inc Director of Agricultural Research Ed Barnes about the event being held in Tunica, Mississippi on November 11-13. “We’ll actually have a hands-on seminar on how to do precision fertility management, how to collect soil …

Audio, Events, General

Precision Irrigation at Sunbelt

Cindy Zimmerman

Valley Irrigation was showing off its brand new line of GPS Ready irrigation control panels at the Sunbelt Ag Expo earlier this month in Moultrie, Georgia. “We have our computer panels that are industry exclusive GPS ready,” Sara Sims with Valley said during an interview at Sunbelt with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman. The GPS Ready PRO2 Pivot Control Panel and …

Audio, GPS, Irrigation

Truth About Precision Technology

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision technology goes hand in hand with biotechnology when it comes to increasing productivity for agriculture. That according to Dean Kleckner, chairman of Truth About Trade and Technology – as well as former president of the American Farm Bureau Federation and a farmer from Iowa. He attended the recent World Food Prize symposium where farmers from all over the world …

Audio, General

Role of Precision Ag in Feeding the World

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision technology can play a vital role in helping to feed a growing world population, which is why it was a focus at the World Food Prize symposium last week in Des Moines. John Deere CEO Robert Lane participated in a panel conversation on “The Role of the Private Sector in Global Food Security and Development,” together with representatives from …

Audio, General, International