Talk Precision Farming With Your Seed Dealer

Kurt Lawton

First off, I order 12 consecutive days of sunshine across the US so we can keep those yield monitors spinning to map data—to help close out a very odd summer and fall. Thinking of brighter days ahead, be sure to make mental/written notes as harvest progresses, because hybrid/variety selection time is upon us. To that end, I talked this week …

Ag Leader, Education, Equipment, Harvesting, Insights Weekly, seed

Precision Harvest: Don’t Stop Scouting

Kurt Lawton

With rain, early freeze and overall cool summer conditions, 2009 harvest has become very challenging for some parts of the Corn Belt. This week’s Integrated Crop Management e-newsletter from Iowa State University highlights issues that need attention. 1. Corn Quality Issues: – Frost-damaged corn often stops at 17-18% moisture (stopped at 20-22% in 2008 in Iowa). Expect low test weights …

Corn, Education, Harvesting

Harvest Data That Keeps On Giving

Kurt Lawton

Whether you’re a novice at collecting harvest data or an old pro who could wallpaper his office with yield maps and more—you understand that more data layers beyond yield are necessary to add management decision value. I talked to Bruce West this week, who helps growers adopt just about every precision farming solution imaginable through his independent company West Enterprises …

Ag Leader, Education, Harvesting, Insights Weekly, Resources, Retailers, Software

Precision Agriculture Comes To Hay Bales

Kurt Lawton

Just when hay bales thought they could remain anonymous forever, along comes New Holland to give them a personality–or at least a brand! CropID, an individual bale identification system for large square bales, uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the twine to track bale atributes. This innovation enables commercial growers to uniquely tag and sort bales based on a …

Company Announcement, Dairy, Harvesting, New Holland

Precision Podcast on Yield Monitor Prep

Cindy Zimmerman

This edition of the Precision.AgWired.com Podcast, sponsored by AgLeader Technology, offers some timely tips on preparing yield monitors for harvest provided during the recent Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network yield monitor webinar hosted by technology manager Patrick Reeg. The entire webcast can be viewed at www.isafarmnet.com. AgLeader Technology’s pre-harvest tips can be found on-line here. Subscribe to the Precision.AgWired.com Podcast …

Ag Leader, Audio, Equipment, Harvesting, Precision Pays Podcast

Data Analysis Using Precision Farming Software

Kurt Lawton

As harvest begins cranking up across the Midwest, growers are headed to the field with a combine and yield monitor that’s primed and ready to capture another year of valuable data. And this process often sets their minds to thinking about how they’ll use this data during the winter months ahead. Napoleon, Ohio grower Todd Hesterman consults with other farmers …

Ag Leader, Harvesting, Insights Weekly, Software

Variable Rate Precision Farming — The Next Big Thing

Kurt Lawton

My friend and former colleague, Farm Industry News senior editor Jodie Wehrspann, pegs variable-rate (VR) technology as the biggest overlooked story in precision agriculture in a recent piece she wrote. I couldn’t agree with her more. I’ve written many stories of progressive farmers who have been using this VR technology for years, and are making it pay, while learning its …

Education, Equipment, Farmers, Fertilizer, Guidance, Harvesting, Industry News, Planting, seed, Spraying, sustainability

Prep Your Yield Monitor Webinar Tomorrow

Kurt Lawton

The Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network is hosting a yield monitor webinar tomorrow morning (Wednesday Sept. 16) from 7:30 to 8:30 am CDT. This webinar will focus on pre-harvest yield monitor preparation. Tips will be provided to help growers and agronomists avoid common problems that often result in yield data loss. The webinar will also help increase the accuracy of …

Education, Equipment, Harvesting