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 »

Technology makes planting easier

Last week’s weather allowed for many farmers across to the Corn Belt to make significant planting progress. East central Indiana farmer Dave Lowe was one of them.  Lowe tells Brownfield the weather wasn’t the only reason they were able to get so much done – the advancement in technology is a huge benefit.  “You have… Read more »

AgGateway tests precision ag conversion toolbox

One of the big challenges facing the ag industry today is interoperability—the ability of farm data systems to “talk” to each other. But as we learned during a visit to Plugfest, an ag machinery compatability testing event in Lincoln, Nebraska, it is an issue that the ag equipment industry is working to address. At that… Read more »

Breaking the data format logjam

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One of the big challenges facing the ag industry today is interoperability—the ability of farm data systems to “talk” to each other. But as we learned during a visit to Plugfest, an ag machinery compatability testing event in Lincoln, Nebraska, it is an issue that the ag equipment industry is working to address.  At that… Read more »

Raven showcases new innovations

Precision farming technology is constantly changing, so we stopped by the Raven booth at Commodity Classic to find out what’s new. Denton Shwiesow, sales manager for Raven’s Applied Technology Division, visited with us about enhancements to Slingshot, new grain cart management and multi-hybrid planter controls, and the redesigned Vortex anhydrous ammonia system. AUDIO: Denton Schwiesow (3:07… Read more »

Pioneer, Deere announce data share agreement

DuPont Pioneer and John Deere have announced a new data share agreement. The companies are linking Pioneer Field360 services, a suite of precision agronomy software, with John Deere Wireless Data Transfer architecture, JDLink and MyJohnDeere.    According to a Pioneer news release, it will make the data exchange process faster and more convenient for growers and… Read more »