The Farm Science Review is taking place in London, OH and I got to attend the precision ag field demos yesterday and found John Deere on the job.
I spoke with John Deere’s Jamie Bultemeier (pictured on the left). He was conducting a precision tillage demonstration. Jamie’s an agronomist by training so he focuses on crop production as it relates to seeding, tillage, sprayers and GPS equipment.
In his demonstration he was tying two of those together. He says they have a John Deere 2510S strip till rig being guided by John Deere RTK sub inch accuracy steering to allow for repeatable planting next spring. After running down a row a little ways he stopped to talk with farmers and they commented on how moist the ground was even though there had been little rain of late.
Questions he gets asked a lot include, “How should I set it? What fertilizer should I use? What kind of attachments should I put on?” He says he’s spoken with about an equal number of farmers who are using the technology and those who aren’t yet.
You can listen to my interview with Jamie using this link: Jamie Bultemeier Interview (mp3 file)
I also caught Jamie doing an end of the row run during his demonstration which you can watch here:
If you’re interested you can see a lot of pictures I took at this year’s show in this photo album: Farm Science Review Photo Album