OptiGro Grows into Corn and Wheat

Cindy Zimmerman

John Mann Corn and wheat growers visiting the 2007 Commodity Classic this week can find out about a new system that can help them optimize yields while improving use-efficiency of nitrogen and other inputs.

It’s called the OptiGro System, and according to John Mann, Vice President of Strategic Marketing for John Deere Agri-Services, it has already been used successfully by cotton growers.

“OptiGro is a system that we deployed a couple of years ago in the mid-South Delta in cotton,” Mann said. “It’s actually taking an image of the growing crop while it’s still growing and then being able to make adjustments to that growing crop in the same season.”

Research in seven states over the past four years has shown that corn plants indicate nitrogen needs throughout the growing stage and using the OptiGro system to indentify those needs in season could save growers up to $20 per acre in nitrogen costs.

“In the case of corn, it’s typically a nitrogen application made right before the crop goes in the reproductive stage,” says Mann. “In the case of wheat, what we’re kicking off is crops as they break dormancy putting on this at a variable rate, rather than spreading the whole field.”

Find out more about OptiGro at www.JohnDeereAgriServices.com and
listen to an interview with John Mann here. Listen to MP3 John Mann (3 min mp3)

Audio, Education, Equipment, General, Software

Precision Really Does Pay

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision Ag InstituteAccording to a new technology adoption study, farmers say Precision.AgWired.com.

More than eight out of ten soybean, corn, wheat and cotton growers who use precision technology on their farming operation say that this factor has increased their profitability, according to preliminary research findings from an effort conducted by dmrkynetec (formerly Doane Marketing Research, Inc.) in partnership with the newly inaugurated PrecisionAg Institute.

The study also found that the mean savings per acre across different cropping systems including corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton, ranged from $5.29 per acre to $9.44 per acre – and the more precision technology a grower used, the greater profitability they reported.

These are preliminary results of the research study, which was compiled from hundreds of grower interviews during the past three months and is designed to create a comprehensive benchmark of precision technology adoption among row crop growers in the United States.

The research is now entering its final phase, which will feature focus groups designed to ground-truth key findings, as well as unearth more of the psychological barriers to precision adoption. The final results of the research will be released at the InfoAg Conference, July 10-12, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL.

More information about the PrecisionAg Institute can be found at www.precisionag.com.

Education, General

AgriTalk at Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

John DeereAgriTalk was live here in Tampa, Florida on the first official day of the Commodity Classic interviewing a number of representatives.

Pictured here with AgriTalk host Mike Adams (right) from left to right are Kyle Collins, John Deere Ag Management Solutions; Bob Callanan, American Soybean Association; and Barry Nelson with John Deere. AgriTalk’s opening segment from Classic featured Barry and Bob announcing the winners of the “Reach for the Stars” contest; followed by Kyle talking about John Deere’s Swath Control Pro, which was introduced one year ago at last year’s Commodity Classic.

I also interviewed Kyle about Swath Control Pro – what it is and what comes next for growers. Listen to MP3 Kyle Collins (3 min mp3)

Audio, Commodity Classic, Equipment, General, Media Room

Reach for the Stars Winners Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

Fifteen lucky soybean growers from around the country will soon receive a premium-level precision ag system worth more than $20,000 to use on their operation for the 2007 growing season as the winners of the “Reach For The Stars” contest, a joint effort of the American Soybean Association and John Deere Ag Management Solutions (AMS). More than 400 growers registered for the contest and winners were selected through an independent process of grower experience and geographic diversity. The winners were announced today at the 2007 Commodity Classic in Tampa, Florida.

John DeereThe 15 winners are:

Neal Kuhn- Manilla, Indiana
Curtis Clayes- Delmar, Iowa
Peter Kramer- Gibbon, Minnesota
Ted Vinson- Fithian, Indiana
Chris Von Holten- Walnut, Illinois
David Oberbroeckling- Davenport, Iowa
Alan Meadows- Halls, Tennessee
Scott Chesnut- Boone, Iowa
Luke Smith- Rochester, Indiana
Todd Swanson- Wahoo, Nebraska
Roger Godwin- Pelham, Georgia
Ronald Tersteeg- Bird Island, Minnesota
Colin Dutenhoffer- Aberdeen, South Dakota
Dale Seyfred- Galien, Michigan
Nathan Wright- Harrisburg, Arkansas

John DeereThe contest prize package includes use of a GreenStarTM AutoTracTM Assisted Steering System with an AutoTrac Universal Steering Kit, a StarFireTM iTC receiver, and a John Deere SF2 signal activation; a GreenStarTM 2 System, which includes a GreenStar Display 2600 and preloaded GreenStar Basics software; and GreenStar Apex Farm Management Software. After the program ends, qualified participants will be offered an opportunity to purchase the entire system, or just the components they want to own, at a greatly reduced price.

John Deere AMS representative, Laura Robson talks about the program and the winners: Listen to MP3 Laura Robson (3 min mp3)

Audio, Commodity Classic, Equipment

Ready for the Show

Cindy Zimmerman

BoothThe John Deere booth is getting set up at the 2007 Commodity Classic, preparing for thousands of growers from around the country to visit.

The booth features all of the very latest John Deere precision equipment and plenty of company officials on hand to meet with growers and let them know how they can make their jobs faster, easier and more efficient.

Stay tuned for more from the show!

Commodity Classic, General

The Precision Ag Minute

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision MinuteIn addition to posting regular information on precision agriculture here John Deere is also sponsoring a regular audio program called the Precision Ag Minute. Besides airing on radio stations we’ll be posting the program for you to listen to here as well. The program is being produced by Peter Shinn at Brownfield.

The latest program is about the benefits of using the AutoTrac Universal Steering kit. Peter interviewed Brian Allenbaugh, Arkansas producer, about how he’s been able to use the system on his farm. He describes how the flexibility of the system allows him to use it with different pieces of equipment. You can listen to the latest installment here: Listen to MP3 Precision Agriculture (1 min mp3)

If you’re interested in an online calculator that can be used to calculate your return on investment in an AutoTrac Guidance System then you can find one right here.

Audio, Equipment, Precision Ag Minute

Welcome To precision.agwired.com

Cindy Zimmerman

PrecisonPays.com is a website specifically designed to bring you the latest information and resources on guidance and other precision technology for agriculture. We’ll be bringing you new and updated information several times a week so make sure you bookmark this website or subscribe to our RSS feed.

To jump start us, this week we’ll be featuring posts from the Commodity Classic in Tampa, FL where we’ll see that latest being offered by John Deere, the sponsor of precision.agwired.com. You’ll find pictures and interviews to listen to and we hope you enjoy what you see and hear. Please feel free to use the comment feature to submit your comments.

We’re excited to bring you the latest in agricultural precision technology using the latest in communications tools.


The John Deere WIN Session

Cindy Zimmerman

At Commodity Classic this week John Deere will be hosting a What Is New (WIN) session on Friday from 1:00-4:00pm. It’s during this session that the winners of the Reach For the Stars program will be announced.

During the session John Deere will cover their full line of precision guidance products and software. Total tractor automation is now possible with the new precision guidance system, iTEC Pro, and product experts will be available to explain the details of this new technology. We’ll be there to conduct interviews and post information right here for you to read and listen to.

Commodity Classic, Education

John Deere Says Reach For The Stars

Cindy Zimmerman

John DeereThe sponsor of precision.agwired.com is John Deere and one of the programs they have devoted to precision farming is called “Reach For The Stars.”

This is an especially timely post with Commodity Classic coming up this week in Tampa, FL. In fact, I’ll be there to bring you all the latest from John Deere at this annual event which is the simultaneous annual meetings of the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers.

During Commodity Classic the growers who have been selected to receive a precision ag system in the Reach For the Stars program will be announced. John Deere representative, Seth Crawford explains what the program is all about: Listen to MP3 Seth Crawford (1 min mp3)

“New AMS solutions are expanding to include functionality on non-John Deere equipment as well,” said Seth Crawford, AMS Marketing Manager. “So I am encouraging all growers, regardless of the color of your equipment, to take advantage of this program, and experience how precision ag can bring more efficiency to your operation.”

Audio, Commodity Classic, Equipment, Reach for the Stars