New technology featured in 2014 Precision Agriculture Conferences

Feb 7, 2014
by WLJ

Precision agriculture is becoming the norm on farms throughout the nation. The technology trend is increasing yields and dollars on the farm and isn’t going to fade any time soon, said Gregg Carlson, Professor of Plant Science at South Dakota State University (SDSU).

“Bottom line, precision agriculture is the way we farm today and are going to farm into the future. It’s the way we’ll farm because it makes us money,” said Carlson, who has researched and provided information on the technology for more than 30 years. “What we call precision agriculture today will become conventional farming in the near future.”

Carlson and other experts in the field of precision agriculture will host two precision agriculture conferences in 2014. The Precision Ag Conference in Aberdeen Feb. 12, 2014, and the Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference March 18-19, 2014, in Sioux Falls.

Precision Ag Conference

Held Feb. 12 in Aberdeen at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall (1400 8th Avenue NW), the Precision Ag Conference, which will be focused on the topic of new and emerging technologies, begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

The conference features the following speakers: Katie Oliver, High Yield Consulting; Jason Warrington, New Horizon Ag Tech; Brent Weisenburger, SD Wheat Growers; Mark Rosenberg, SDSU Extension Agronomy/ Weeds Field Specialist; Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist; Kim Dillivan, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist; Mary O’Neill, Manager of Remote Sensing (retired), Water Resources Institute at SDSU; Kevin Price, Kansas State University; Djamel Khali, South Dakota Wheat Growers Agronomy Logistics Manager; Christopher Haak, Technical Director, AgIntegrated, Inc.; and Gregg Carlson, SDSU Professor of Plant Science.

Speakers will cover the following topics: Elevation Data—LiDAR, NED and More; Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Technology and Applications in Agriculture; Theories and Realities—ISOBUS in Agriculture; Cloud Computing in Agriculture; and Industry Update Sessions Ag Leader John Deere, Trimble CNH and Precision Planting.

Registration is $30. Make checks payable to “2014 Precision Ag Conference” and mail to: SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center, 13 2nd Ave. SE, Aberdeen, SD 5740. NOTE: Weather cancellations will be announced on Dakota Country 105.5 and KABD FM 107.7. For more information, contact Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, at or at the Aberdeen Regional Extension Center at 605/626- 2870.

Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference

The 2014 South Dakota State University Precision Agriculture Conference is set for March 18-19 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The two-day event will feature sessions at which agriculture producers, industry members and the general public can learn about the latest developments and technologies that lead to the best possible yields.

The Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference will discuss management techniques to increase the corn yields of every Western Belt Corn field by 40 bushels per acre. South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension and industry experts will provide practical guidance for optimizing yields. Opportunities to network with industry sponsors will be provided.

Each day will consist of sessions that focus on GSI mapping, new technology systems and above all, planting.

“All sessions are geared toward giving information that can be used in personal operations to improve decision-making, understand new technologies and boost yields,” said Graig Reicks, SDSU Extension Research Associate with the SDSU Plant Science Department.

Admission is $35. Advance registration is not required but highly recommended; meals will be provided. To learn more, contact Graig Reicks, Research Associate, SDSU Plant Science Department at 605/688- 5105 or Precision Agriculture Conference Manager, Les Slunecka at 605/261- 2474 or — WLJ