• Tyler Harris

    UAV Potential For Ranchers

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     by Tyler Harris
     on February 19, 2014

    Flying a UAV across a room is one way to get peoples' attentions. It sure got my attention at the 2014 Global Ag Symposium in Concordia a few weeks ago, when natural resource engineer for University of Missouri Extension in Boone County, Kent Shannon piloted a PJI Phantom across the stage of the Concordia Community Center. Farmers love looking at the newest equipment and technology, and UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are definitely one of the key topics heard in the precision ag sector…

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    Irrigation Through The Years

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     by Tyler Harris
     on September 20, 2013

    After two farm shows within a week of one another, I'm finally starting to get caught up on everything from the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. Being in central Nebraska, Husker gives a closer look at the irrigation side, including everything from central pivots to subsurface drip irrigation, which has found a place in the Midwest in recent years due to its efficiency in water use – it's common knowledge by now that the water level of the Ogallala Aquifer, which…

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    Precision Farming Data Going To The Cloud

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     by Tyler Harris
     on September 3, 2013

    After a busy, but fun week at the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, I'm now getting caught up on the huge list of new products at this year's show. One thing that stood out is how advancements in technology apply to modern farming. The big thing I've been hearing about is the cloud – a venue now being used to manage precision data. Nearly all of the precision data exhibits I visited had recently unveiled a new program to send data files directly from…

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    Fair Season Is Starting

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     by Tyler Harris
     on July 19, 2013

    Across the U.S., county fairs and state fairs are right around the corner, or already happening. For 4-Hers and FFA members, this often means preparing for livestock shows, whether it's cattle, pigs, goats or sheep. For some, it also means pitching in in whatever way possible, either by helping set up for the kiddie pedal tractor pull or by working the concession stand, which was the case for my FFA chapter back home. Fairs take a lot of people to help out and make them possible…

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    A "Retro-Futuristic" View of Farming

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     by Tyler Harris
     on April 5, 2013

    Looking through back issues of Kansas Farmer in the past week, I read through one of the most important eras in agricultural history – the "Green Revolution," as it was named in 1968. The revolution was spearheaded by Norman Borlaug in the early 1940s, followed by major innovations in the 50s and 60s. These innovations include the widespread adoption of tractors – which outnumbered horses by 1954, and the use of high yield varieties, pesticides, fertilizers and…

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    Reflecting on the Rural Route

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     by Tyler Harris
     on March 29, 2013

    Lately I've spent a lot of time at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka – about an hour's drive from where I live in Kansas City. In one of my recent ventures looking into the history of Kansas cowtowns, Arthur Capper, and Kansas Farmer history in general, (something you will see in future Kansas Farmer issues) another thing I've noticed is transportation and its impact on Kansas agriculture and the overall population. Obviously, the highway system was crucial to the…

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