Montana Precision Ag Seminar Set For Oct. 24

MSU session to focus on wheat industry.

Published on: Oct 10, 2013

A free seminar to train wheat producers  on how sensor-based technologies may increase their efficiency and profitability is set for Great Falls, Mont., on Oct. 24.

The Montana State University session will feature College of Agriculture researchers to  address the subject at the Best Western Plus Heritage motel.

Precision ag tools can help farmers develop crop-specific and site-specific nitrogen fertilizing to increase their N use efficiency and overall crop yield, says Olga Walsh, assistant professor of MSU's ag college and conference coordinator.

The precision ag product at MSU, known as Professional+Producer, aims to aim producers toward use of reference strips and precision sensors for increased nitrogen use efficiency in wheat production.

Precision nitrogen application tools will be discussed during a Montana State University seminar later this month.
Precision nitrogen application tools will be discussed during a Montana State University seminar later this month.

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education-funded project is an effort to improve use of nitrogen to save growers money and reduce the impact of fertilizer on the environment.

"This seminar will be a great opportunity for the agriculture community – producers, industry representatives, crop advisors and academic researchers – to share information on benefits and challenges associated with a variety of precision agriculture tools available," says Walsh.

The 8 a.m.-4 p.m. conference (lunch will be provided) will cover a variety of  topics, including:
•Precision seed placement
•Precision ag grower perspective
•Nutrient management systems
•Precision weed management

Special guests include Robert Blair, 2009 Precision Ag Farmer of the Year, discussing Precision Ag Journey; Pat Hensleigh, USDA agronomist, on USDA-NRCS Nutrient Management Programs.

A round-table discussion and question-and-answer period will explore issues regarding precision agriculture methods. These interactive sessions will hopefully encourage an informal dialog between producers and researchers, notes Walsh.

For more information about the seminar, contact Walsh at (406) 278-7707, or email her at olga.walsh@montana.edu.

WSARE is a branch of the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, with a mission to advance innovations which can help farmers and ranchers improve their profit outlook while enhancing stewardship of the land, water and air.