Outback Adds Boom & Planter Controls

Kurt Lawton

The new Outback AutoMate works with all Outback Guidance products to control sections of a boom or planter–while claiming a very quick ROI. The AutoMate allows you to manage up to 10 different sections of your boom and multiple planter sections. This automation results in drastic savings associated with application costs. The system recognizes both pre-defined applied zones and/or previous …

Company Announcement, Equipment, Fertilizer, Planting, Spraying

Six New Products From Ag Leader Technology

Kurt Lawton

Last week, Ag Leader Technology made a big splash by announcing their new precision farming technology collaboration with AutoFarm. Along with that big news, they also launched six new products. Here’s a brief look. INTEGRA™ Display • Rugged, moisture-resistant design featuring a 12.1-inch full-color touchscreen with high-definition mapping. • Core functionality includes: built-in manual guidance, full-screen mapping, planter and application …

Ag Leader, Company Announcement, Displays, Equipment, Fertilizer, GPS, Guidance, Harvesting, Insights Weekly, Planting, Satellite, Spraying

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

Precision Farming: How To Grow Your Technology

Kurt Lawton

As an Iowa farm kid who grew up loving technology (I just chose to write about it and let my brother run it on the family farm), one of my passions is talking to farmers about their technology adoption—so I can learn and write stories that help others. And over the past 28 years of covering the incredible advances we’ve …

Ag Leader, Dealers, Education, Equipment, Farmers, Fertilizer, Guidance, Insights Weekly, Planting, seed

Farmer Uses Insight To Start Precision Farming

Kurt Lawton

Young farmers often have a drive for efficiency, and technology. North Plate, Neb., grower Nathan Kramer is no different. He knows the tools of precision agriculture can get him there. But data holds the key. “If you don’t know where you’re at, it’s hard to tell where you’re going,” Nathan says, with regard to their lack of baseline yield data. …

Ag Leader, Corn, Equipment, Farmers, Fertilizer, Guidance, Insights Weekly, Planting, wheat

Virtual Weather Technology Helps Agronomic Decisions

Kurt Lawton

At this week’s InfoAg 2009 precision farming conference, National Corn Grower Association yield champion David Hula of Renwood Farms in eastern Virginia gave a presentation on technology and productivity. As a seed producer, he likes to keep his customers informed on proper planting dates. One technology he uses to do this is Skybit.com. Hula says this virtual weather station accurately …

Ag Leader, Audio, Corn, Education, Farmers, Planting, Resources, weather

Planter & Sprayer Controls Make Precision Farming Pay

Kurt Lawton

With seed and chemical input costs trending higher, farmers continue to seek ways to increase operation efficiency. More and more growers of all sizes are turning to the tools of precision agriculture to accomplish this goal. Anthony Schmidt, director of product management, Applied Technology Division, Raven Industries, says producers can expect to save between 5 and 15 percent of their inputs …

Company Announcement, Equipment, Farmers, Planting, Spraying

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

Precision Air Hoe Drill from New Holland

Kurt Lawton

Precision seed placement of small-seeded crops with an air hoe drill has been improved. With durability and innovation reflective of its Flexi-Coil heritage, New Holland’s new P2070 precision air hoe drill provides the ultimate in precision seed placement with adjustable individual opener depth control. It works up to 70-feet wide, yet folds into a compact, narrow package for transport. “Everyone talks …

Company Announcement, Equipment, New Holland, Planting, wheat