Here's something you haven't seen too much recently. It's a conference to update farmers on precision farming. The technology has mushroomed since most previous meetings for farmers were held, so this one should be an excellent peek into what's here now and what's coming. It's also practical since the emphasis is on how to use and manage data that you generate.
Called the Ohio Valley Precision Ag Conference, it will be held at the Vanderburgh 4-H Fairgrounds north of Evansville. Times are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST. It's co-sponsored by Purdue University and the University of Kentucky. The conference is free, but registration is requested as soon as possible.
To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/pukyregister. For more information contact Larry Caplan of Purdue Extension at 812-435-5287.
Topics include accuracy information on RTK systems, plus tips on calibration of GPS equipment from both John Deere and Trimble/Case IH experts. This conference should get down to the basics, so if you have specific questions about something that you can't figure out, or that you would like to do but can't, bring them with you.
Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, will address the concept of variable rate seeding. He will break it into two parts- if you need to do it, and if you do, how do you figure out what rates to use in which areas.
Greg Helich of the University of Kentucky will discuss whether to invest in new precision equipment or upgrade what you have. The equipment has been around long enough now that serious upgrades in efficiency are available, but at a price. Some systems are more lenient toward upgrading than others.
Greg Sauder, the farmer from Tremont, Ill., who founded Precision Planting, will lead a panel discussion of farmers geared toward talking about how to use the data you collect using precision farming.
This is one meeting you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars now.