Cotton Growers Embrace Precision

Laura McNamaraCotton, Equipment, GPS

About half of the nation’s cotton growers are practicing precision agriculture. reports that the use of precision technology among cotton growers grew from just 18 percent in 2001 to 48 percent in 2005. There are a number of reasons for this increase. First, changes in farming practices requires more precision and repeatability, such as the use of subsurface irrigation … Read More

A Closer Look at John Deere’s Industry Exclusive ITEC Pro

Laura McNamaraAudio, Equipment, GPS, Software

ITEC Pro stands for Intelligent Total Equipment Control. And, it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Darin Krantz is the product development manager in the marketing department at John Deere Ag Management Solutions. He says the ITEC Pro automates the entire driving function for qualified Deere tractors, giving less-skilled operators the precision they need to make more efficient … Read More

Precision in the UK

Cindy ZimmermanGPS, Precision Ag in the News

Farmers Guardian of the UK has a series of articles about a Precision Farming Event held last week in England. According to the event website, they showcase “the best practical solutions available to implement precision farming. A full day technical trade exhibition with working demonstrations and a seminar programme packed with real-time examples of how to get the maximum benefits … Read More

Precision Soil Sampling

Cindy ZimmermanGPS, Precision Ag in the News

One of the Top 10 agricultural innovations showcased at the recent World Ag Expo’s New Product Center was the AutoProbe by AgRobotics. According to World Ag Expo, the AutoProbe is “the first high speed, on-the-go soil sampler for precision soil sampling. Samples are collected at a precise depth and interval over a section of land. On a 2.5 acre grid, … Read More

Conservationists Use Precision Ag

Cindy ZimmermanConservation, General, GPS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service rolled out a new campaign this week called Conservation, Our Purpose – Our Passion. The campaign kick-off Tuesday at the National Association of Conservation Districts’ annual conference in Reno included a video highlighting eight farming operations for their conservation commitment One of those was the Gwinn Brothers operation in Suwanee county, Florida. Donell (pictured) and … Read More

Going Beyond with Precision

Laura McNamaraAudio, Dealers, Equipment, Events, GPS, Reach for the Stars, Satellite, Software

Brent Maddon was the John Deere product development representative on hand at the American Soybean Association/John Deere Ag Management Solutions seminar in Arkansas last week. The event is one of three “Reach for the Stars” presentations being sponsored by John Deere. Maddon gave a presentation about how farmer’s can use precision technology and where the technology is headed for the … Read More

Harvesting Savings

Laura McNamaraAudio, Equipment, Events, GPS, Reach for the Stars, Software

Precision technology puts extra cash in your pocket according to a grower from the northeast Arkansas area. David Pigue uses precision farming in his cotton and grain harvesting operations and he says the innovative technology produces excellent results. He says applying the technology in different ways is sure to make farmers more money, whether they get “knee-deep or neck-deep” into … Read More

900 Million GPS Units By 2013

Chuck ZimmermanEquipment, GPS

GPS, a key component of precision agricultural systems has grown to be a huge application for many sectors of our lives these days. Just think about all the ads you saw for portable gps devices before the holidays. According to a report from ABI Research the market for GPS in all its forms is expected to continue to grow significantly. … Read More