Wireless Soil Monitors for Precision Irrigation

Kurt Lawton

Water use efficiency is vital for agriculture as our global population continues to grow. To help growers minimize water use while maintaining crop yields, Cermetek offers the new AquaMon Wireless Soil Monitoring Network. AquaMon allows active monitoring of the soil. Knowledge of soil conditions is essential to achieve high crop yield with less water.  Maintaining the optimal level of moisture …

Company Announcement, Conservation, Irrigation, Remote sensing, sustainability, weather

2009 Top Stories on Precision.AgWired.com – July to December

Kurt Lawton

Yesterday, I provided my list of the “Best of Precision.AgWired.com 2009” for  January through June. Today’s list of stories runs from July through December. And tomorrow, look for the top product-related stories of the year. I hope you continue to find value in the information provided. And, as always, we appreciate any and all comments from our readers. Enjoy. And …

Education, Equipment, Farmers, Fertilizer, GPS, Guidance, Harvesting, Irrigation, Planting, Research, Resources, Satellite, seed, Software, Spraying, sustainability, Tillage, weather

Nebraska Technology Conference Coming in January

Kurt Lawton

All agricultural technology enthusiasts are invited to attend the 10th Annual Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association Conference (NEATA), January 27-28, 2010 at the Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island, NE. Pre-conference programs will focus on Optimizing Pivot Irrigation Management (9:00 to 4:00) and Social Media Applications in Agriculture (1:00 – 4:00) will be offered the afternoon of January 27. The conference opens Wednesday …

Education, Equipment, Events, Farmers, Fertilizer, GPS, Guidance, Harvesting, Irrigation, Planting, Research, Satellite, Software, Spraying, sustainability, Tillage, University

Lindsay Adds Remote Irrigation Pump Control

Kurt Lawton

Crop irrigators can now monitor and control their entire center pivot irrigation systems via the Internet thanks to Lindsay’s added pump control on their existing FieldNET system. “Lindsay is proud to offer the industry’s first fully-integrated pump and center pivot irrigation monitoring and control package,” says Reece Andrews, GrowSmart Product Manager at Lindsay. “This means for the first time growers …

Company Announcement, Equipment, Fertilizer, Irrigation

Add Precision To Irrigation Water Use

Kurt Lawton

The battle for water between agriculture and urban use only continues to gain momentum, yet both sides must focus on further efficiency. In California, a new study by the Pacific Institute points to ways that agriculture can still flourish despite diminishing water supply and uncertain climate change. But, new steps to significantly increase water use efficiency must be taken. The …

Conservation, Education, Irrigation, Research, sustainability

Precision Farming In India

Kurt Lawton

Part of India’s National Agriculture Development Program (NADP) promotes a precision farming technique that is gaining popularity, according to a recent story in India’s national newspaper, The Hindu. Over the past two years, precision farming techniques have been promoted in 900 hectares across the district in various crops including sugarcane, maize, brinjal, tomato, onion, tapioca, sunflower and groundnut. With installation of …

Farmers, Fertilizer, International, Irrigation, Precision Ag in the News

Farmer Succeeds With Variable Rate Precision Tools

Kurt Lawton

On variable soils, Indiana farmer Eric Wappel has found precision agriculture success by varying fertilizer and seeding rates, according to a recent story in Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine. “We use variable rate application to spread phosphorus, potassium and ag lime,” he notes. “What we put where depends upon soil sample results. Soil sampling comes first. We use hybrids, but also …

Corn, Farmers, Fertilizer, GPS, Irrigation, Planting

New Precision Weather Growing Degree Days Tool

Kurt Lawton

Track your current and past Growing Degree Days (GDD) to help with crop scouting for pests using a new tool developed through the joint efforts of Monsanto and The Weather Channel. Since the January launch of The Weather Channel’s ‘Agriculture News & Forecast’ web page, growers who used the site requested the addition of a GDD calculator. To access the …

Company Announcement, Corn, Cotton, Education, Farmers, Irrigation, Resources

Precision Irrigation from Valley

Kurt Lawton

Just as GPS-guided auto steer has helped plant super straight rows, producers can now irrigate in the same straight lines to minimize variances in water application to help maximize yields. Valley Irrigation now offers GPS Guidance for linear irrigation equipment. Here’s what two farmers said about their trials with this new precision agriculture technology. Leonard Water Services, the local Valley …

Company Announcement, Equipment, GPS, Irrigation

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