It is time for another spotlight in our series of post about farmers utilizing precision agriculture on their farm. Today’s Precision.AgWired.com Profile is on Randy Spronk, a Minnesota pork producer and crop farmer. I met up with him while attending the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk in Kansas City last week. Randy shared his passion for agriculture and how he has embraced new technologies over the years.
“I am in a unique situation, I have two separate fiscal entities. Spronk Brothers is the livestock side. We have a swine farrow-to-finish operation where we have our own feed mill. Ranger Farms is the cropping side. It is a separate limited liability partnership where we farm about 3,000 acres,. planting every spring.”
“I guess I’d call myself an early adopter. I actually was an early integrator of using technology for driving. We have multiple units of RTK for tractors, combines and sprayers. In the last couple of days I have gone back to my yield maps and elevation maps for drainage.”
“On the swine side, our fertilizer comes from livestock manure. We actually use the precision farming on all of our rigs. The RTK satellite and the auto track steering with flow meters.”
Randy is also President-Elect for the National Pork Producers Council, where he will help defend producers rights and freedom to operate.
Listen to my interview with Randy here: [wpaudio url=”http://precision.agwired.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/11/precision-farmer-randy-spronk.mp3″ text=”Randy Spronk – Minnesota Farmer”]