Precision with Cotton

Laura McNamara

Delta Farm PressThere´s no getting away from it. Precision farming is sweeping the agriculture industry and cotton is not a sector to be left behind. The Delta Farm Press reports that the 11th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, which is being held Jan. 21-22, is making precision farming one of its major themes.

New this year is the addition of the Mid-South Corn Conference and the Mid-South Precision Ag Conference, which will be held in conjunction with the Cotton & Rice Conference.

The Mid-South Corn Conference will feature 16 corn production technology and systems breakout sessions by some of the nation’s leading corn researchers and farmers. The Mid- South Precision Ag Conference will feature nine precision agriculture technology and systems breakout sessions led by precision agriculture researchers and farmers.

Farmers from Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee will be able to receive state pesticide recertification credits, and certified crop consultants can earn CEUs during the two-day conference.

“Don’t miss the opportunity to get some of your questions answered or to search for new ideas that could improve your operation and help fill your pockets,” LaRose says.

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John Deere Tours Midwest

Laura McNamara

John Deere and The American Soybean Association are offering growers in the Midwest a chance to learn more about precision agriculture. The ASA says the winter education series is a part of the organization´s “Reach for the Stars” precision ag program. Farmers and growers can attend meetings on January 8, 2008 in Wahoo, NE, January 28, 2008 in Jonesboro, AR and Jan 29,2008 in Indianapolis, IN.

John Deere personnel will be on hand demonstrating the advantages of precision ag equipment and farm management software. The meetings will also feature the president of that state´s soybean association as well as an ASA executive committee member and other experts in precision farming.

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Kansas Ag Tech

Laura McNamara

It´s not a school, but it is a conference to school Kansas farmers in local, breakthrough technologies in the agriculture industry, such as precision farming. The Cattle Network reports that the 11th annual Kansas Agricultural Technology Conference will be held Jan. 23-25 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Salina, KS. The three-day event is meant to offer both novice and veteran producers, consultants and other ag industry participants a breakdown of new farming innovations and a look at the future of agriculture.

The first day is geared toward those who may be newer to site-specific technologies, said Staggenborg, who is a coordinator of the event.

Several of the speakers are experienced users of the technologies and “have a view to the future,” he said. Day one topics range from “Using Precision Tools for Making On-Farm Decisions” to “Who is Going to Take Your Data to the Next Level” and more.

The second day focuses on “pushing the envelope” of technology with glimpses of what is new and on the horizon, Staggenborg said. The day´s topics range from “Sprayer Tip Technology Update” and “Site-Specific Management” to “Record Keeping,” “Water Quality,” “Autonomous Vehicles” and others.

The registration fee for the conference is $100 before January 15 and $125 beginning January 16. Members of KARA receive a $50 discount on their tickets. You can view the entire article .

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Ohio Looks at Precision Ag in December

Laura McNamara

The Newark AdvocateCentral Ohio Agronomy Day is scheduled for December 18th, and the Newark Advocate reports that the event will open up a discussion on precision agriculture between farmers and precision ag experts:

Topics of discussion during the event include growing organic matter and tilth in soils; scenarios and possibilities for 2008 weather; enhanced quality soybean traits; fertilizer application accuracy; optimizing fertilizer costs; soil and water balance; precision farming with planter units and sprayer nozzles; foliar disease management in corn and soybeans; and weed resistance.

Click here to view the entire article on Central Ohio Agronomy Day.

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Precision Ag in Peoria, IL

Laura McNamara

The PJStarFarmers had the chance to learn about tools available for precision agriculture at The Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL this week. The Greater Peoria Farm Show just ended Thursday. The PJStar.com reports that the the Peoria show is considered the largest indoor farm show in the state of Illinois. The news organization also highlighted a display at the show that featured precision agriculture:

If you think farming is just a matter of reaping what you sow, a visit to the Precision Planting booth is instructive.

“We place a lot of emphasis on helping design the planting process,” said Dustin Blunier, a salesman for the Tremont-based firm that sells high-tech planting equipment. “We’re selling by educating.”

That education involves an elaborate series of booth displays and an ample supply of literature on company products such as the Precision Meter.

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Managing Precision in Arkansas

Laura McNamara

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension ServicePrecision farming will be one of the hot topics during a series of farm management workshops held in Arkansas next month. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a series of five farm management workshops in eastern Arkansas December 5-12 on managing production, financial and marketing risks.

The workshops will be held at various locations:

Dumas, Dec. 5: Dumas Community Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Meeting concludes with lunch.

Stuttgart, Dec. 6: UA Phillips Community College. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Meeting concludes with lunch.

Newport, Dec. 10: ASU Newport. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Meeting concludes with lunch.

Forrest City, Dec. 11: East Arkansas Community College. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Meeting concludes with lunch.

Keiser, Dec. 12: Northeast Research Extension Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Meeting concludes with lunch.

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Idaho Farmer Uses Aerial Images and GPS

Laura McNamara

Ag WeeklyIt may look like a toy, but as Ag Weekly has reported, Robert Blair’s CropCam unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, provides visuals of his farm that are vital for his precision farming. Robert says his CropCam is basically the same product the military and NASA are using. Here’s an excerpt from Ag Weekly on how Robert uses the CropCam:


Blair flies CropCam, a remote-controlled drone aircraft that takes detailed photos of his fields. CropCam is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that carries a high-resolution digital camera.

He loads the plane into his pickup, assembles the drone, hooks up the GPS, auto-pilot and camera, and with a running toss the aircraft, takes to the blue skies above the Clearwater River…

The drone meticulously maps every foot of the wheat field with high-resolution digital photos that pinpoint trouble spots where Blair can add more water or fertilizer to increase yields and bring in more dollars.

In the article, Robert says most farmers think you have to be rich to use such advanced technology. But, Robert advises that smaller farmers need to strongly consider investing in the technology if they want to remain competitive.

You can view the entire article here.

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Precision Ag a Modern Marvel

Laura McNamara

logo_HC.gifThe History Channel’s Modern Marvels show has featured John Deere technology as an example of “ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale.” One recent episode explored the growing field of precision agriculture, recognizing that farming has experienced a technological revolution of its own during the last 20 years. The three and a half minute video demonstrates how farmers are using global positioning technology to cultivate their crops with more accuracy. Some of the key machinery featured in this Modern Marvels episode were John Deere tractors and sprayers. Click here to see the video.

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ASA and John Deere Bring Precision Ag Ed to Growers

Laura McNamara

The Mid-South FarmerGrowers in Indiana have the chance to learn more about precision agriculture. The Mid-South Farmer reports that John Deere is partnering with the American Soybean Association in an effort to arm local growers with knowledge about precision agriculture systems.

Winter meetings are planned for Jan. 8, 2008, in Wahoo, Neb.; Jan. 28, 2008, in Jonesboro, Ark.; and Jan. 29, 2008, Indianapolis, Ind.

“This is the winter education series of our “Reach for the Stars” precision ag program,” says ASA president John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “These meetings provide a great learning opportunity for anyone who has considered integrating precision ag into their operation or wants to learn about the latest in precision farming technology.”

You can find the full article here.

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Pecision Pays in Alabama

Laura McNamara

Opelika Auburn NewsManaging the family farm just got a little bit easier for Mike and Annie Dee. An article in the Opelika-Auburn News reports that John Deere precision agriculture technology is enabling the brother-sister team to farm like never before: it’s enabling them to farm at night. But, even more alluring, is the cost the Dees are reportedly saving. Reporter Amy Weaver writes that Mike’s smart sprayer alone can save the Dees up to $30:

So far, they’ve learned they can produce more by improving the high-yield fields, rather than the low-yield fields, Mike said.

A similar system exists in Mike’s sprayer. It controls the distribution of fertilizer so he doesn’t over- or under-spray in specific spots. And when the 90-foot boom starts to cross an area where there is no field, the nozzles turn off one by one until they’ve reached field again. The regulation can save the Dees $15-$30 an acre.

Again, the more control the farmer has, the more efficient he can be, Fulton said.

“It has increased our productivity considerably,” Mike said.

The GPS system in Mike’s John Deere sprayer remembers where the center of the plant bed was from last season so the tires cause compaction only on the same spot year after year. The delicate root zone remains untouched so plants can develop season after season, he said.

“We are asked to do more with every acre, every year,” Mike said. “With precision agriculture, we are trying to get the most out of every acre.”

With a better market and the advancements at the Dee River Ranch, Mike said they are seeing more profit this year. Their production goals are higher than ever.

You can see the entire article here at the Opelika-Aurburn News Website.

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