Precision data key for sustainability

The co-founder of Farmers Edge says precision agriculture helps farmers tell their sustainability story. President and CEO Wade Barns tells Brownfield precision data can track and verify environmental impacts as well as other inputs. “As farmers embrace technology, as technology becomes easier for them to use, they’re going to be the best stewards of the… Read more »

Farmer interest in digital agriculture is growing

For one company, digital tools are gaining in popularity with farmers. Anthony Osborn, Vice President of Marketing for the Climate Corporation says they have seen record adoption of their digital agriculture platform in 2015. “We’ve seen farmers coming in and map more than 75 million acres on our system and that’s up from 50 million… Read more »

Network provides practical farm knowledge

A new grower-to-grower online network is allowing farmers to anonymously share farming tips and practices to help other farmers. Charles Baron, co-founder of Farmers Business Network (FBN) says farmers have been sharing information with each other for years – but FBN is modernizing how it is being done.  “All FBN is doing is taking that… Read more »

UAV approved for spraying

Farmers are getting one step closer to remote controlled precision sprayers.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved an unmanned helicopter for test use in agriculture this month.  The Yamaha RMAX has been approved in Japan for more than 20 years as a precision pesticide and fertilizer sprayer. This is the FAA’s first exemption approval to… Read more »

Merging technology and agriculture

The 2016 agBOT Challenge is on.  It’s a competition designed to identify and commercialize innovative agriculture technologies to improve work on the farm. Competition organizer Steve Gerrish, CEO of Indiana-based airBridge, an agricultural mobile broadband communications company, says over the next year – teams will take technology used in ag and other industries to the… Read more »

Getting the most out of your precision equipment

Farmers are heading into the growing season facing the lowest commodity prices they’ve seen in recent years.  Andrew Hamilton, technical services and quality manager for Cenex says precision equipment can help farmers get the most out of their inputs. But, he says, in order for farmers to maximize their return on investment, the equipment needs… Read more »

Maximizing productivity

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Lower commodity prices means the potential for tighter margins.  As farmers look ahead, implementing technology can be key to keeping productivity high.  Josh Stoller with Precision Planting says that was a big topic of conversation at this year’s National Farm Machinery Show.

Ag director gets to ‘harvest’ from office

Missouri’s director of agriculture is also a farmer – and with technology – he is able to stay close to the farm. Richard Fordyce tells Brownfield although he’s not involved in the day-to-day operations on his northwest Missouri farm, he can see what’s going on. “So, I was actually in my office yesterday, here in… Read more »

Farm Bureau releases results of ‘Big Data’ survey

A survey of farmers by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows that while more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, most also remain wary of the risks involved with big data collection. Farm Bureau economist Matt Erickson says liability was the number one concern of farmers surveyed. “In the case of… Read more »

Planting faster and smarter

Precision Planting’s marketing manager, Sean Arians, tells us about the great array of products they have on display at the 2014 Farm Progress Show. One of those is “speed tube” which allows a farmer to use the planter in the shed and upgrade it with technology to plant faster. AUDIO:  Interview with Sean Arians (4:00 mp3)… Read more »