Plug Into Higher Profits At Precision Ag Equipment Day

Aug. 7 Precision Ag Equipment Day features farmers making precision tools pay, plus experts on variable rates, sprayer and planter section controls.

Published on: Jul 25, 2013

Nobody says precision ag tech tools are an easy "plug-in" for greater profits. Yet, if you take time and patience to do so, you'll be richly rewarded through higher yields and/or substantially higher efficiency of crop inputs.

The Mid-Atlantic Precision Ag Equipment Day on Aug. 7 offers to give you a big step toward doing just that. So set your GPS for 8230 Detour Road, Denton, Md. – and, in the meantime, don't get detoured.

The third annual Precision Ag Equipment Day will be held at the Caroline County 4-H Park, just east of Denton, says University of Maryland Agronomist Josh McGrath, coordinator of the event. "We have a panel of farmers and precision tech experts lined up to discuss the challenges and opportunities," he says, "of how to make precision ag pay."

HARD-WIRED TO PLANT: Todays planters and application equipment are wired and plumbed for much more greater control of crop inputs including liquid micronutrient applications.
HARD-WIRED TO PLANT: Today's planters and application equipment are wired and plumbed for much more greater control of crop inputs including liquid micronutrient applications.

A field demonstration of the Capstan blended pulse technology will be conducted by a Hoober representative. On-board computer-controls automatically compensate for changing ground speeds from one end to the other of sprayer booms, and sidedress applicators. They minimize over- and under-application plus shut off over no-application zones as programmed.

Oklahoma State Extension Ag Engineer Randy Taylor will return to talk about precision corn planting and crop sensors for in-season nitrogen management in corn and wheat.

Mike Buschermohle, biosystem engineer at University of Tennessee, will address how yield-based management zones can benefit farm yields and crop input efficiencies, plus how to set them up.   

Other topics to be covered include:
•Economics and practical use of RTK and GPS
•Pioneer's Field360 services
•Precision planting and variable-rate seeding
•Planter and sprayer section controls
•Selecting the right GPS and correction package

For updated details go to the website. The free event is hosted by Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Extension. Delaware and Maryland certified crop advisor and nutrient management credits will be available.

Leadership sponsors for the event include: Willard Agri-Service, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Hoober, and University of Maryland Extension. Booth spaces are still available for other sponsors. For more details, contact McGrath at mcgrathj@umd.edu

Lunch will be provided, free of charge. But McGrath urges all to register so they can have an appropriate head count for the food.  REGISTER NOW via Google.

For more on these technologies, watch for the August issue of American Agriculturist, soon to arrive in farm mailboxes.