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The Time Is Right for Precision Agriculture Technologies

Precision agriculture technologies have not always been economical for small- to medium-sized farm­ing operations. However, with precision agriculture equipment becoming less expensive, tools such as guidance systems, yield monitors and variable-rate fertilizer applicators may now be profitable for nearly all growers.


Unmanned Aerial Systems for Agriculture

Interest and excitement continues to grow around the potential uses for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in agriculture. We see this interest being reflected in the increasing number of UAS-related exhibitors, sponsors and speakers participating in the annual InfoAg Conference. InfoAg, which is organized and hosted by the International Plant Nutrition Institute, is the premier event to discuss and view applied precision agriculture technology, and is attended by manufacturers, retailers, researchers (industry and university), advisers and consultants, producers and policy makers within the precision agriculture industry. The 2015 conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, July 28–30 (, will feature exhibits for more than half-a-dozen UAS companies, flight demonstrations during the pre-conference tour, and speaker sessions on equipment, data management and regulations.


Plant Health: Heed Nutrient Levels at Critical Growth Stages

Nutrient testing equals quality control, according to Dr. Dave Mengel, professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at Kansas State University.


Soil Testing—Calibration and Interpretation

Perhaps the greatest challenge in soil testing is calibration of the tests. It is essential that the results of soil tests be calibrated against crop responses from applications of the plant nutrients in question. This information is obtained from field and greenhouse fertility experiments conducted over a wide range of soils. Yield responses from rates of applied nutrients can then be related to the quantity of available nutrients in the soil.


Integrating 4R Nutrient Stewardship and Precision Ag

In his keynote address at the 11th International Conference on Precision Agriculture, Dr. Newell Kitchen, USDA-ARS, highlighted the significant role that nutrient management plays in the industry.


The New-Era Advisor Your Advisors Need to Know

The movie "Moneyball" tells the true story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis. In an important scene early in the film, Beane (played by Brad Pitt) cor¬ners his future assistant, Yale economics graduate Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), in a parking ramp to ask him about using data to make baseball decisions. That happened to Evan Sieling, too. Except instead of a parking ramp, he met his future boss in a clothing store. And instead of translating data to victories, they agreed his future was in helping farmers use data to run more profitable operations.


Partnerships: Access New Ideas Through Your Most Trusted Advisors

Chances are, you didn't get into farming for the opportunity to lead a team. In fact, you probably never envisioned a future in which your job would require you to access a small club of confidants just to be able to grow a crop.


Adapting to a Rapidly Changing, Knowledge- and Technology-Driven Industry

The CPS location Lance Loveless works for, located just 4 miles south of Delphi, Indiana, and about 25 miles northeast of Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, is in an area ripe with productivity for many corn and soybean farmers. The area is also home to a diverse farming community, with farmers ranging from the 200-acre hobby farmer who works in town to the 9,000-acre farmer whose farm is his business, along with a number of large pork producers.