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 »

Winfield introduces new mapping capabilities

Technology is a star at the 2013 Farm Progress Show. Dave Gebhardt, Director of Agronomic Data and Technology for Winfield, tells Brownfield he would like for farmers to leave the Winfield exhibit with the impression that Winfield can almost do it all through data driven solutions for farmers for a more profitable acre. The R7… Read more »

Farmer on precision ag’s returns

Precision agriculture has the potential to help farming operations prosper but what is the return on investment? Northwest Ohio farmer Brian Watkins farms with his family and uses precision ag tools, “You have to take a systems approach. It’s not just buying a piece of hardware or a piece of software and thinking it’s going… Read more »