Precision Farming Tools Can Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

Kurt Lawton

Conservation. Sustainability. Water Quality. These hot topics are on the minds of government, and should be a continued focus by every grower. As you look at your operation, and your investment in precision farming equipment, it pays to think proactively and adopt components that can improve your environmental footprint. I spoke the other day with Iowa farmer Tim Palmer, who …

Ag Leader, Conservation, Fertilizer, Guidance, Insights Weekly, Planting, seed, Spraying, Variable rate

Precision Ag Expo Touts Variable Rate Technology

Kurt Lawton

Producers came to learn at the recent Precision Ag Expo field days held recently in North Dakota. Numerous questions, according to a story in Farm & Ranch Guide, aimed at gathering facts about zone maps, satellite imagery and variable rate precision farming. Kelly Sharpe, of GK Technology, Inc., in Halstad, Minn., said his company creates variable rate mapping, taking an …

Education, Events, Fertilizer, Planting, Remote sensing, Satellite, seed, Variable rate

New SeedStar Planter Monitor System From Deere

Kurt Lawton

“Everything that customers said they wanted in a fully integrated monitoring system for planting operations went into the SeedStar XP system,” says Chris Savener, project manager, planters, for John Deere Seeding. “This includes an easy-to-read, at-a-glance screen with seed skip information and data on row-unit ride dynamics, which are critical to monitoring and maintaining overall planter performance at the row-unit …

Company Announcement, Displays, John Deere, Planting, seed

New Case IH Precision Air Cart

Kurt Lawton

It’s nice to see more ISOBUS compliant electronics on equipment, such as with the new Case IH Precision Air 3580 air cart. All systems can be controlled and monitored from the cab thanks to ISO 11783 compliant electronics–such as the Case IH AFS Pro 600 or AFS 300 display. Engineered for large acreage small grain growers who need to cover …

Company Announcement, Equipment, Fertilizer, Planting, seed, wheat

Test Your Corn Planting Populations

Kurt Lawton

If you’re looking to experiment with corn planting populations yet this spring, check out a very good paper on plant population compiled by South Dakota State University researchers Gregg Carlson, Paul Gaspar and David Clay. Many agronomists and producers conduct experiments that test the impact of rates of fertilizer, population, or pesticide on yield. To analyze this data we need …

Corn, Planting, Research, seed, University

Precision Farming By The Zone

Kurt Lawton

The Furrow magazine, produced by John Deere, profiled several growers on their use of precision farming management zones in a story called “Farming In The Zone” in their March 2010 issue. Broadwater, Neb., grower Frank Lussetto says zone management helped him accomplish three broad goals of being agronomically sound, economically smart and environmentally safe. He uses zone maps for phosphorous, …

Conservation, Corn, Farmers, Fertilizer, John Deere, Planting, seed, sustainability

Calibrate For Variable-Rate Precision Farming Success

Kurt Lawton

While every farmer knows the value of preparing and calibrating the planter and sprayer, the same holds true when calibrating the electronics and software that control these implements—especially if you vary rates across the field on the go. Hopefully you pulled out that owner’s manual, or enlisted your local dealer’s help, several weeks ahead of pulling into the first field …

Ag Leader, Corn, Displays, Education, Equipment, Insights Weekly, Planting, seed, Soybeans

Use Precision Software Data For Planting Trials and More

Kurt Lawton

Give farmers a piece of technology and they find inventive ways to use it to benefit their operation. In the case of Newton, Iowa farmer (and Ag Leader SeedComand product specialist) Will Cannon, it all started with the yield monitor and mapping hybrids. “I like knowing exactly to a row when hybrids and varieties start and stop—especially when you have …

Ag Leader, Corn, Farmers, Fertilizer, GPS, Guidance, Harvesting, Insights Weekly, Planting, seed, Software, Tillage