Class 1 railroads not ready for mandates

The Ag Retailers Association says farmers should place fertilizer orders this fall sooner rather than later because of possible transportation backups. President and CEO Daren Coppock tells Brownfield a Congressional mandate requiring railroads to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) is meant to improve transportation safety, but the railroads need more time. “The deadline was aggressive… Read more »

UAVs fly high at InfoAg demonstration

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are part of the future of agriculture and the future is here. It was in a central Illinois cornfield and along a private airstrip where representatives from three companies demonstrated their UAVs (“drones”) to farmers, precision ag folks and others on Monday. Three companies demonstrated three very different looking machines. One… Read more »

IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference June 26 – 27

The 2nd Annual IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference will be held June 26-27, 2013 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. In addition to cutting edge educational sessions, farmers and agribusiness leaders will have the opportunity to see the latest technology and to network with top technology and equipment suppliers. Ray Bianci, VP and Show… Read more »

John Deere’s FarmSight™ featured at AG Connect

Attendees got to see lots of products and solutions on display from John Deere at Ag Connect 2013 in Kansas City. Jarred Karnei, John Deere product marketing manager tells Brownfield Ag News, talked about John Deere’s FarmSight™, explaining that, “We see ourselves as a solutions provider. We don’t just want be able to provide a… Read more »

Technology can be for everyone

Technology is changing the way farmers farm.  New smartphone and tablet applications give farmers a bird’s eye view of their operation. As these new technologies come on-line farmers have more opportunities to be more efficient.  Daryl Star with Lafayette, Ind. based Advanced Ag Solutions says that technology could be as simple as changing fungicide applications to a… Read more »

Grassley criticizes FCC, White House over LightSquared

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has accused the White House and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of catering to the lobbyists of the now-bankrupt wireless company LightSquared and of stonewalling his investigation into the case. In a recent speech on the Senate floor, Grassley noted that LightSquared hired dozens of lobbyists, including a former governor and… Read more »

LightSquared files for Chapter 11

LightSquared has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. LightSquared is the company that wanted to build a high-speed wireless broadband network across the U.S.  But the plan met with stiff opposition from agriculture and other industries over concerns that the service would interfere with GPS systems. The bankruptcy filing was not a big surprise.  Bondholders… Read more »

FCC derails LightSquared’s plan

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to block the planned development of a nationwide wireless network by communications company LightSquared over concerns that it cannot be fixed to coexist with global positioning systems (GPS). The FCC move is subject to public comment and agency commissioners could overturn the decision.  But observers say that, given… Read more »

LightSquared says failed test was ‘rigged’

A key federal committee charged with testing the LightSquared network has determined there would be significant interference with GPS from the mobile broadband carrier. The National Space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee—which is made up of nine federal agencies—unanimously agreed that none of LightSquared’s proposals to combat GPS interference would work. However, LightSquared is… Read more »

Staying on top of the LightSquared-GPS controversy

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The use of GPS has really revolutionized farming.  It has greatly increased efficiency and productivity.  That’s why many farmers are watching very closely the ongoing skirmish between GPS manufacturers and users and the wireless broadband company LightSquared.  Tom Oswald of Cleghorn, Iowa is one of them. AUDIO: Tom Oswald (3:00 MP3)