Nebraska Ag Tech Conference Gears Up

Kurt LawtonEducation, Events, Guidance, Harvesting, Irrigation, Planting, Research, Resources, Retailers, Satellite, seed, Spraying, sustainability, University, USDA, Variable rate

Don’t miss the upcoming February 9-10 NeATA conference in Grand Island, Neb., as it promises a technology extravaganza, along with other valuable topics such as precision Nitrogen management, social media, building consumer trust and much more. The Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association (NeATA), founded in 2001 by innovative Nebraska farmers, ranchers, agribusiness representatives and the University of Nebraska Extension, has compiled … Read More

Wireless Irrigation Sensor Workshops

Kurt LawtonEducation, Events, Irrigation, Remote sensing, sustainability, University

If you irrigate and have not considered wireless sensors, the time is now to save money and improve yields. The University of Missouri will sponsor three free breakfast workshops on wireless soil-moisture monitoring for timing irrigation. The workshops will feature representatives from six leading manufacturers of wireless sensors. The workshops will take place Jan. 18 in Kennett, Jan. 19 in … Read More

New Guidance Products from Leica

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Displays, Guidance

Leica Geosystems just launched a full suite of new products for steering guidance, as well as new features to its mojo3D and mojoMINI displays. Leica’s SteerDirect Solutions. With many new SteerDirect solutions available, Leica Geosystems now steers a broad range of tractors, combines and sprayers across all major brands. The new SteerDirect Hydraulic option is a compact, integrated solution designed … Read More

Variable-rate Irrigation Teams with Prescription Service

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Conservation, Equipment, Fertilizer, Irrigation, Variable rate

The precision irrigation from Valley has now teamed up with the variable-rate precision data services of CropMetrics. This agreement creates an alignment of Valley Irrigation dealers with the latest in agronomic technology to provide growers true precision irrigation with center pivots. Valley Irrigation with VRI Zone Control, and CropMetrics with automated agronomic VRI prescription services, are also proud to announce … Read More

Dealer Goes Mobile With Precision Farming Education

Kurt LawtonDealers, Education, Events, Retailers

Educating growers on efficient use of precision agriculture technology was the idea behind a mobile classroom that is hitting the road for Hoober farm equipment dealership, according to a recent story in Lancaster Farming. Hoober Inc., a farm equipment dealer with stores in Pennsylvania and Delaware, recently completed work on a precision ag training center that will go on the … Read More

The Year in Precision Farming – 2010 Recap

Kurt LawtonAerial Imagery, Ag Leader, Data Collection, Education, Equipment, Fertilizer, GPS, Insights Weekly, Remote sensing, Satellite, Variable rate

This past week, I caught up with Matt Darr, Iowa State University ag engineer and precision farming guru, to chat with him about this past year in precision agriculture. “We’ve said for a few years now that ‘accuracy is addictive.’ Well farmers are proving that as this has been a year driven by higher precision—a move to more RTK accuracy.” … Read More

New Publications on Auto Section Control

Kurt LawtonEducation, Equipment, Fertilizer, GPS, Guidance, Planting, Spraying, University, Variable rate

The Alabama Precision Ag team has compiled three good publications on automatic section control (ASC) for sprayers, planters and spreaders. Automatic section control (ASC) has been one of the most adopted precision ag technologies in recent years. This technology has the ability to save producers on input costs by minimizing application overlap at headlands, point rows, or other odd-shaped areas … Read More

Mobile Farm Information Growing in China

Kurt LawtonEducation, Farmers, International

Technology is empowering rural workers in China, thanks to China Mobile’s Nongxintong, a paid farming information service launched four years ago in conjunction with the agricultural ministry, according to a BBC report. China Mobile runs a website,, that sends text message information to farmers about everything from market prices to agronomic techniques. Straining to control a deafening, bucking, fuel-powered … Read More

Mark Your Calendars For InfoAg 2011

Kurt LawtonEducation, Events

As you start preparing your 2011 calendar for precision farming events not to miss, mark your calendars for the next edition of the popular Information Agriculture Conference, set for July 12-14, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. This is the same location as InfoAg 2009 and previous conferences. InfoAg 2011 is organized by the International Plant Nutrition Institute … Read More

Precision Farming Talks at Cotton and Rice Conference

Kurt LawtonEducation, Equipment, Events

Come to the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, La., on February 1-2 to hear more than 90 presentations on precision farming and much more at the 14th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference. As in the past 13 years, the conference is Co-Sponsored the following seven mid-south universities: University of Arkansas, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, University … Read More