AL Extension Hosts Precision Ag Workshop

Kelly MarshallData, Education, Events, Irrigation, Planting, Spraying, Variable rate

Alabama ExtensionJanuary 28, 2016 is the date scheduled for the Precision Agriculture Workshop in Auburn, Alabama.  Hosted by the Auburn University and Alabama Extension professionals, the event will cover cutting edge precision with demonstrations by Extension professionals and private companies.  The workshop will take place at the Auburn University Dixon Hotel and Conference Center.

“There are still lots of farmers in the Southeast who have not adopted precision ag practices,” says Brenda Oritz, Extension Precision Ag and Grain Crops Specialist. “We want to provide current information, access to current technology and connect farmers with private companies and consultants who can assist producers with this move.”

Topics covered by presenters will include precision planting, precision spraying, variable rate nitrogen, variable rate irrigation and data management.

Ortiz said the workshop will combine speaking and demonstrations to give attendees a thorough overview of site specific management practices.  Speakers include Dr. Ajay Sharda from Kansas State University, Dr. Brian Arnal from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Timothy Stombaugh from the University of Kentucky and Dr. Kenneth Stone from USDA/ARS. Company presenters include Trimble, SunSouth John Deere Dealer, TriGreen John Deere Dealer, MapShots and Raven.

“Site specific management can help farmers increase yield and profitability, increase efficiency and be better stewards of the environment,” she said. “We want to help farmers understand how to better use our natural resources, and how to analyze data collected in their fields and use it effectively.”

The conference has been designed to bring something for producers who are new to precision agriculture and farmers who are already using the technology on their farms.   Registration is free, but you must sign up to attend the event.