Register Now For Top Precision Ag Conference

Kurt LawtonEducation, Events, Farmers, GPS, Industry News, InfoAg

Register by July 1 for the best conference covering precision agriculture and you can save $100. InfoAg Conference, held July 14-16 in Springfield, Ill., offers excellent educational seminars, a trade show of the best precision ag companies and a chance to network with top farmers from across the US and the globe. You’ll find topics that will bring value to … Read More

Precision Technology A Must To Feed The World

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Conservation, Education, Industry News, International, sustainability

To feed a growing population, we need increased sustainable and global efforts with precision irrigation, fertilization, mechanization and genetically modified crops that improve yields, says a report released today by Deutsche Bank in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. “We are at a crossroads in terms of our investments in agriculture and what we will … Read More

Agri ImaGIS Teams With Farm Market iD

Kurt LawtonAerial Imagery, Company Announcement, Farmers, GPS, Industry News, Satellite

Data on farmers and fields will now be aided by satellites. Farm Market iD, a leading provider of farm-level U.S. agricultural data, announced today the signing of a joint venture agreement with Fargo, North Dakota-based Agri ImaGIS.   The joint venture agreement between Farm Market iD and Agri ImaGIS creates co-development and co-marketing arrangements for Farm Market iD, a comprehensive database of … Read More

Farmers Promote Ag With Precision Communications

Kurt LawtonEducation, Farmers, Industry News, sustainability, Video

The blog Nebraska Corn Kernels highlighted a recent TV report on how a few farmers are using Twitter to benefit their operation and dispel agriculture myths among consumers.  In a longer “extra” video segment (go here and click on “Farmer Brandon Hunnicutt on Twitter”), farmer Brandon Hunnicutt also talked with the reporter about how he uses social media to help … Read More

Cap And Trade And Precision Farming

Kurt LawtonConservation, Farmers, Industry News, Precision Ag in the News, sustainability, Tillage

The benefits of precision farming to help capture carbon in farm fields is receiving press within the current debate of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy & Security Act, a.k.a. (HR2454). While controversy surrounds this bill on several fronts–from lack of offset inclusion for agriculture to larger energy costs being pushed back to consumers–North Dakota farmer and National Farmers Union (NFU) president … Read More

Precision Farmer Of The Year

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Education, Farmers, Industry News, Precision Ag in the News

The PrecisionAg Institute, formed and managed by CropLife Media Group, just announced their 2009 precision agriculture awards that include a top farmer, crop advisor, educator and legacy award winners. Farmer of the year is Robert Blair, who is not your typical dryland Idaho farmer. While his passions rank family and farming first, he is also staunchly dedicated to promoting precision … Read More

Satellites Show Ozone Cutting Soybean Yields

Kurt LawtonEducation, GPS, Industry News, Research, Satellite, Soybeans, sustainability

Losses of up to $2 billion per year (10%) in soybean yield is due to rising surface ozone, according to satellite measurements by NASA, as outlined in a recent study.  Above a threshold concentration, ozone inhibits photosynthesis and reduces yield in soybeans, one of the more sensitive crops to high surface ozone levels. On the left are plants that have … Read More

Concerns with GPS Satellites and Future Viability

Kurt LawtonEducation, GPS, Industry News, International, Precision Ag in the News, Satellite, Trimble

If you’ve heard news about potential failure of satellites in the GPS constellation by 2010…the sky is not falling and it’s not time to panic. Is there concern? Yes. A study just released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that the Air Force (which maintains the system) and suppliers have not lived up to their promises of replacing … Read More

Who Makes Your Precision Ag Technology?

Kurt LawtonGPS, Industry News, International, Trimble

If you like to track what company’s technology is used where, GPS World offers an interesting take on the OEM market for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) business. Industry consultant Rob Lorimer writes about the future of three competing OEM business models.  One. The first model posits that core OEM GNSS technology (at board or chip level) is designed in-house and … Read More

Technology Will Drive Economic Recovery

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Equipment, Industry News, sustainability

Farm operations that embrace increased productivity through technology will help drive the world’s economic recovery, according to Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems. “And this drives top-ranked technology companies to continue to support strong R&D efforts.” “In tough times, increasing productivity through the acceptance of technological breakthroughs will be the difference in success and failure, the difference … Read More