Mixing Mechanical Needs with Precision Aspirations

With a ‘start from scratch’ mentality, Applegate Farms in Oakland, Iowa, continues to build out the technical and equipment elements of its strip-till system.
The Applegates are no strangers to incorporating technology into their farming operation. Doug, who farms with his wife, Kathy, and two sons, Brent and Luke, have always looked for ways to leverage electronics and information in their farming operation.
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Don’t Miss the Mark When Moving to RTK

The Myers began their precision farming journey in 1996 when they outfitted their 1983 Gleaner L3 combine with a yield monitor. That’s when Bill Myers, who farms with his son, John, daughter, Rita, and brothers, Robert, and Ivan Jr., began to understand what adjusting crop inputs could do for their bottom line.
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Pay-to-Play Adoption Can Pose Competitive Concerns

Farmers in the Lake Erie watershed area in northwest Ohio are extremely aware of the public’s interest in water quality and agriculture’s role in protecting it. David Myerholtz says precision farming practices help him and his father, Lowell, fine tune and document their efforts to protect the water quality in Lake Erie. Technology also helps them use crop inputs more efficiently.
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Compensating for Implement Drift Can Be a Tedious Process

Matt Miller worked closely with his father-in-law, Randy Hoff, near Mitchell, Neb., getting his equipment set up for automatic guidance. It’s helped the 450-acre irrigated corn, edible dry beans and sugarbeet operation better leverage strip-till and made it easier to build strips and then stay on them at planting.
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