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Participate in a study to identify major barriers to precision agriculture technology adoption

By John FultonElizabeth HawkinsAmanda DouridasHanna Bond, Ohio State University Extension

The Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) is looking for farmers, consultants, and other individuals who work alongside farmers to participate in a survey aimed at identifying major barriers that row crop farmers, consultants, and other personnel involved in crop production face when adopting precision agriculture technologies. Eligible participants must have row cropping operations in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas or preform consulting tasks or other tasks for famers who have row crop operations within the states stated above.  

Participants who are interested in participating are required to take the survey found with the link here: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_201lPMuZxRSESge. You will have six weeks from April 25, 2022 to June 15, 2022 to respond to the survey.… Continue reading

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Winter meeting highlights from Ohio State’s Precision Ag Corner

By John Fulton

Spring has arrived and attention has turned to planting and spraying. It was great be back in-person for many of the winter meetings. It was refreshing to see people and get to visit in-person about crop production topics and what is front of mind for farmers and consultants. What stuck out was that increasingly, farmers across the United States are finding more ways to deploy technology in their fields and within their farm operation. While there were many discussions on various precision agriculture topics, here are three topics within crop production that stuck out.


Ag technology have been providing precision ag hardware and sensors for a few decades now. Much of this technology has been used to automate functionality of farm machines taking responsibilities off the machine operator allowing them to focus on important aspects of field operations. The question for several years has been: when will we see full-automation or robots in our fields?… Continue reading

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Case IH Introduces Precision Disk 550 Series air drill

Complete with greater tank capacity, a superior parallel-link row unit and new productivity-enhancing features, the Precision Disk 550 air drill is designed to boost yield potential in a variety of crops and tillage practices. Available to order for spring 2023, the new model will help producers get the most out of every seed.

“We continue to hear from growers — they need added capacity to get more seeding done in a day,” said Trent Nowosad, Case IH marketing manager for seeding equipment. “Case IH engineered the Precision Disk 550 air drill to meet this demand, with agronomically designed features to boost producers’ bottom lines.”   

Built on Agronomic Design principles, the Precision Disk 550 series row unit maintains an industry-leading parallel-link design with new features and enhancements to boost performance. A new closing system with indexable angle adjustments delivers effective seed trench closing, no matter the conditions — from conventional to no-till. Angle adjustments are simple, with indexed settings from 0 to 13 degrees to match your fields.… Continue reading

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Tri-State Precision Agriculture Conference Aug. 11

Join Ohio State University Extension Henry County for the inaugural Tri-State Precision Agriculture Conference on Aug. 11, 2021. Speakers will discuss current trends in tillage equipment, and equipment demonstrations will feature high speed tillage, vertical tillage, strip tillage, and cover crop seeding systems. Fertilizer re-certification and CCA credits are available. 

The event is Wednesday, August 11, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Northwest State Community College, 22600 OH-34, Archbold, OH 43502. The cost is $20 by Aug. 2, $30 after August 2 including at the door. It is free to all FFA and 4-H members. 

Registration includes catered lunch. RSVP is REQUIRED at go.osu.edu/tristate_pa. For more information, please contact Alan Leininger at 419-592-0806 or leininger.17@osu.edu.… Continue reading

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Payoffs from precision farming

By Michael Boehlje and Michael Langemeier, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

There are a number of potential payoffs of precision farming from the producer, value chain, and environmental perspectives.

  1. Potential payoffs for the producer

Cost reduction/Efficiency improvement increases

The improved measurement of soil characteristics and weather patterns that is part of precision farming has the most direct and obvious payoff in terms of cost reductions and efficiency increases from more accurate use of inputs such as fertilizer, seed, chemicals, and other inputs and the systematic measurement of the impacts of these inputs on yield and profitability. In essence, precision farming is one step closer to the manufacturing mentality of production agriculture. Precision farming combined with creative ways to schedule and sequence machinery use including 24 hour-per-day operations, moving equipment among sites, and deployment based on weather patterns has the potential to increase machinery utilization and lower per acre machinery and equipment costs as well.… Continue reading

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Finding value in sharing farm data

By Jenna Lee and John Fulton

What will sharing my farm data accomplish and what is the value?

Many farmers may find themselves thinking about this very question as they weigh the benefits and drawbacks of sharing their farm data. The potential to realize value from data can often stem from sharing it via digital technologies to service providers or other consultants. In many cases, it may be necessary for a grower to share farm data with multiple entities in order to obtain the largest return on investment possible. While many simple solutions have been presented to farmers that make it easier than ever to share data, the benefits and tangible value of doing so have not been clearly or accurately conveyed.

Sharing data for use in collaborative tools may result in benefits such as:

  • Reducing the number of duplicate datasets generated or collected.
  • Innovative digital tools allow for drawing of site-specific information and learnings.
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Precision U: In-Season Decisions event Jan. 9

Registration is open for the 2019 Precision University. Experts will be sharing the latest information on the latest tools and technologies to help you make better decisions during the growing season. The event will also feature afternoon breakout sessions on using aerial imagery for decision making and the latest advancements in sprayer nozzle technology. The event is hosted by The Ohio State University and will be held at Beck’s Hybrids in London, Ohio on Jan. 9.

Presentations at Precision University begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program concluding at 3:30 p.m. The event will also feature vendors on site to share the tools and services they offer. CCA CEUs will be offered.

The cost to register for Precision University is $50 and includes the program, handouts, lunch and refreshments. For more information or to register, visit http://go.osu.edu/PrecisionU.… Continue reading

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2019 Precision University: Ag tech for in-season management

By Trey Colley, John Fulton, Jenna Lee, and Elizabeth Hawkins

Digital agriculture technologies, connected devices, and sensor networks have enabled data-based decision making to be implemented at the farm level. The farm of the future will have increasing access to data and real-time analyses, allowing new insights related to in-season crop protection and nutrition management. Farmers of today already have many of these data sources at their fingertips through the use of connected smart phones.

Implementation of these digital tools and services during the growing season can potentially reduce the time needed to assess crop health, scout for disease, and evaluate cropping system performance. A recent infusion of in-field sensor systems are beginning to change the game for such in-season decisions through irrigation management, real-time soil nutrient assessment, and site-specific application of cropping inputs. Additionally, advanced scouting tools such as apps with geo-location features, and aerial imagery are being adopted to assist in crop nutrition and crop protection applications.… Continue reading

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Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium

By John Barker, Ohio State University Extension

The Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at All Occasions Catering, 6986 Waldo-Delaware Road, Waldo, Ohio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s program will feature the most current technologies available in precision agriculture. These topics will be shared by some of the leading university and industry Precision Ag experts.

This year’s program opens with a discussion regarding where we are in Precision Ag today – “The Adoption of Precision Ag Technologies” – Jack Zemlicka, Ag Division Content Director Lessiter Media and ends with a look into the crystal ball – “The Future of Precision Ag” – Dr. Scott Shearer, The Ohio State University.

Data management is a “hot topic” in today precision agriculture. Dr. John Fulton will share his insights on “Data Considerations in Today’s Crop Production.” You will learn about data security and who can/has access to your data at afternoon breakout sessions from Climate-Fieldview, Agleader–Agfinity, and My JohnDeere.… Continue reading

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Ohio No-Till Conference highlights equipment innovation

By Matt Reese

As more farmers are thinking outside the box to get better results for the environment and their bottom line, innovations with equipment have to keep up. Award winners were recognized, a wide range of topics was highlighted and the evolution of equipment was a part of much of the discussion at this week’s Ohio No-Till Conference in Plain City.

Gary Fennig of Fennig Equipment talked about the continual innovation with equipment for no-till, nutrient management and cover crops.

“We specialize in hand-crafting special requests. Cover crop is one application. Nutrient placement is another. In the next 3 to 5 years, a lot of guys will be taking a hard look at inter-seeding cover crops, nutrient placement, and banding fertilizer. There are a lot of studies out there showing benefits to these farming practices. It is beginning to gain traction,” Fennig said. “We have a corn head cover crop seeder — the seeder fits on the back of the corn head.… Continue reading

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Precision technology showcased at 2015 Farm Science Review

Anyone doubting the accuracy, potential, and future of precision technology in agriculture has probably not seen the aerial photos of a corn field with an unmistakable Block O pattern at the Farm Science Review (FSR) south of I-70.

The demonstration plot’s design was created with new dual-hybrid planting technology in Field 5 at the FSR. The two hybrids for the Block O in the field were chosen for effect — most of the corn in the field has a traditional golden-colored tassel while the hybrid used for the Block O has a purple tassel.

“It definitely has a cool factor to it,” said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension. “But basically, it’s a good opportunity to demonstrate the capability of new technology and start engaging growers and educating them about aspects they need to consider when adopting new technology. And, from our perspective, we want to understand its functionality and, when requested, help companies improve the technology.”… Continue reading

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Planter precision can add value to the most important trip over the field

Improved precision is starting to show up more often on the planters, which is one of the most valuable places to invest in new technology.

“Grower margins have decreased significantly this past year. Profits made in the upcoming seasons need to be placed where they can expect the greatest return. The planter pass is the most important pass a grower makes in his field and it is important not to lack on the investment for this pass,” said Charlie Troxell, precision ag specialist for Precision Agri Service, Inc. “There is a systematic approach to this and one size does not fit all. Every farmer’s planter is set up a little differently and it doesn’t make it right or wrong. If they are happy with their planter then a lot of times there is no need to re-invent the wheel. But, with the technology available today, a grower can get much more detailed information on how their planter is performing, allowing them to make simple changes in-season to correct any problems that may occur.… Continue reading

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Can precision pay?

With margins likely slimming for corn and soybean production in 2015, most crop farmers are not looking to spend large sums of money on new, or upgraded precision equipment. In some cases, though, tough times are exactly when the most up-to-date precision technology can make the biggest difference on the fine line between profit and loss on a farm.

“The potential for precision ag is more important as profit margins tighten. Precision ag technologies afford the ability to improve input management, better manage or understand risks, and evaluate practices and decisions,” said John Fulton, Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. “Precision ag technology permits on-farm research and considering input costs, in particular seed. Farmers need to ensure they are making decisions for their operation that maximize profit. Savings do exist with the adoption of guidance, automatic section control and variable-rate technology. Having the ability to evaluate hybrid performance, seeding populations, fertility, and much more become more important as margins narrow.”… Continue reading

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Precision ag big data conference

Did you know that over two-thirds of every dollar spent in agriculture is spent on decisions focused on seed selection, fertility, and land access? Producers annually compile new information around input selections, farming practices, and risk management to implement an improved production plan each year. Recently, advances in machine data availability, improved climate modeling, and new technologies including high resolution crop imagery have enabled new industries around the concept of Big Data which is aimed to help producers better navigate their annual decision process and result in more on-farm productivity and profitability.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with national precision ag leaders and Meister Media, will hold an Ag Big Data Conference on August 25, 2014 on the Iowa State University (ISU) campus. Big Data is a concept of data driven and value added decisions that has been growing in use across agriculture. As new Big Data products and services are available to producers, questions exist around data privacy, producer value, and best practices to engage with this new industry.… Continue reading

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Northwest Ohio Precision Agriculture Day

Growers who want to learn more about how using precision agriculture technologies can help them make informed agronomic decisions can attend the Northwest Ohio Precision Agriculture Day Aug. 5, offered by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The annual day-long event will offer information on combines, precision harvest technology, grain handling and data collection and will feature discussions and demonstrations from college researchers and farm equipment, seed and technology professionals, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator.

The event, which is geared toward producers, certified crop consultants and anyone interested in precision agriculture, will feature presentations from CFAES and OSU Extension, Richer said.

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

This year, the event will focus on combines, precision harvest technology, grain handling, harvest safety and data collection, he said.

“This field day can benefit growers by offering them insight on the latest technology used to harvest data while harvesting grain,” Richer said.… Continue reading

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