Precision Agriculture in the News

Melissa SandfortPrecision Ag in the News

We continue to see more about precision farming in the news. Michelle Koetters, Pantagraph, writes about a recent Japanese visit to the U.S. where they saw precision farming in action:

A group of Japanese agribusiness professionals took turns in the passenger seat of a tractor as the farm machinery virtually drove itself in a straight line. The miracle was the tractor’s high-tech global positioning system at work.

Todd Taylor, a representative of John Deere in Jacksonville, set the tractor’s GPS so the machine would drive along a line within an inch of perfection Monday, Oct. 1st, at the Illinois State University research farm in Lexington.

Visitor Kuniyoshi Takahashi was impressed with the accuracy.

“I think that’s great,” Takahashi, department manager of the fertilizer and inorganic chemicals department of Mitsubishi International Corp. in New York. “Sooner or later, even in Japan, it might be popular, especially on Hokkaido Island.”

The Japanese delegation arrived in Chicago on Saturday and will be in the United States for 10 days, Beatty said. ISU’s agriculture department hosted the group for a one-day tour in the Bloomington-Normal area, which included the lesson on precision agriculture at the ISU farm, as well as stops to see a farmer harvesting and a visit to a fertilizer plant.

Eight of the agribusiness professionals weree from Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. It also has the richest farmland and the largest farms, said Donald Beatty, a consultant for Mitsubishi International Corp. in Tennessee.

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