Precision Ag

Connect to tips and information about precision technologies that can help strip-tillers do a more accurate job with planting, spraying, fertilizing, scouting, soil testing, mapping, irrigating and various other farm tasks.

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[Podcast] Problem Solving Precision Pain Points Part 1

In this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> Podcast, bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we dig into the makings of a good dealer-farmer relationship, with a panel of 3 farmers and 3 precision equipment specialists moderated by editor Jack Zemlicka, who discuss their business relationships.
In this Strip-Till Farmer Podcast, bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we dig into the makings of a good dealer-farmer relationship, with a panel of 3 farmers and 3 precision equipment specialists moderated by editor Jack Zemlicka, who discuss their business relationships.
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Leveraging Data, Tissue Tests For Variable-Rate Payback

A relentless approach to data collection, tissue testing and management zones puts Sparland, Ill., strip-tiller Jay Riddell in the driver’s seat to optimize seed and fertilizer rates on corn and soybeans
For decades, the spring season was consistently stressful for Sparland, Ill., grower Jay Riddell. He dedicated days to running a field cultivator though his 1,500 corn and soybean acres while hoping for a suitable seedbed to plant into.
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Cutting Fertilizer Application Costs with a Precision Strip-Till System

High Plains Kansas operation Kramer Seed Farms moves to strip-till to save labor and fuel and finds up to $67 savings per-acre in nitrogen.
Ben McClure was a recent ag economics graduate from Kansas State University when he went to work for Kramer Seed Farms in southwestern Kansas near Hugoton in 2003. His arrival came just as the multigenerational family farm was about to embark on a series of changes that has radically altered its farming operation, and significantly boosted its financial well-being.
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Taking Flight with UAVs: Practical Applications & Uncertainties - John Nowatzki - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Interest and use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture continues to increase, but questions remain about whether the technology is a practical tool or simply a toy? Having researched and experimented with application of UAVs in conservation tillage systems, John Nowatzki, agricultural machine systems specialist at North Dakota State University, is an authority on the use of unmanned aerial imaging and sensing technology. Nowatzki will share his experience and advice on current use of UAVs in strip-till, along with a look at future applications and opportunities with the technology.

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Focusing on Flexibility to Increase Strip-Till Productivity - Brian Watkins - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Developing a strip-till system isn’t an easy process. Just ask Brian Watkins, who took nearly 15 years to confidently transition from no-tilled corn to strip-till on his 7,000-acre operation near Kenton, Ohio. Throughout the transition, experimentation has been a mainstay of his strip-till system to include incorporation of crop sensing technology, equipment setup modifications and intensive fertilizer management practices. Watkins will share his experience and payback utilizing remote sensing tools to improve fertilizer application methods, along with the addition of an air seeder cart for dry fertilizer application in strip-till.

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Tracking the ROI of a Strip-Till System - Trent Sanderson - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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While many farmers collect field data, it’s knowing what to do with it that will help you improve the productivity and efficiency of your strip-till operation. This is something strip-tiller Trent Sanderson has made a priority to improve management of his family’s 2,000-acre corn, soybean and wheat operation near Clare, Ill. Sanderson will share how number crunching and analysis of collected data, along with the use of precision farming practices like electric row clutches and rate control, are helping him assess the return on investment of the farm’s strip-till system and shape annual input expenditures.

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NSTC Speaker Presentations

Thinking Beyond Strip-Tilled Corn with Variable-Rate Technology & Other Precision Tools - Eric and Megan Wallendal - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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After nearly a quarter-century of strip-tilling a variety of crops, third-generation farmer Eric Wallendal and his wife, Megan, still view their Grand Marsh, Wis., operation as a work-in-progress. All of their strip-tilled acres are under center-pivot irrigation and in 2014, they spring strip-tilled 2,000 acres of soybeans, forage corn and snap beans.

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NSTC Speaker Presentations

Pairing Precision Technologies and Controlled Traffic with Strip-Till - Dave Delhotal - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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As a fifth-generation farmer, Dave Delhotal takes pride in producing high-quality crops while caring for the land in an environmentally sustainable way. Through the dual efforts of strip-tilling continuous corn and a controlled-traffic system, he’s been able to fight compaction and dramatically increase soil health on the family’s West Brooklyn, Ill., operation.

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2014 Speaker Presentations

Precision Strip-Till Evolved - More Than Grid Sampling And Yield Maps - Steve Cubbage - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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For years, precision ag was defined by two practices — grid soil sampling and yield maps. That’s no longer the case. Steve Cubbage says data now streams from everywhere and everything. Soil EC monitoring is back in vogue and new technologies like UAV imagery and Google Glass are front-page news. View

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