Advances in Precision Agriculture Expo

Name and Position/Title: 
Jim Fawcett, Extension Field Agronomist

Fiscal Year Submitted:
2010

POW Number & Title:
100 Corn & Soybean Production

Title:
Advances in Precision Agriculture Expo

Issue:
Precision agriculture technology is rapidly changing.  With the recent introduction of the IA RTN network by the Department of Transportation, RTK (Real Time Kinetics) guidance is now available for a low cost across most of the state. There are many decisions for crop producers to make as to whether technologies such as auto-steer and auto-shutoff planters are desirable for their operations and if so, what equipment will work best for them. The adoption of RTK technology will likely continue to increase, with many making a decision in the next year or two. Crop producers need a way to see the equipment options at work in order to make an informed decision.

Response: 
The field agronomist worked with other field and state staff in organizing a first of its kind “Advances in Precision Ag EXPO” at the SE IA Research and Demonstration farm. Several field staff attended the Info Ag Precision Ag conference in Springfield, IL, in June, 2009 to network with precision ag companies and get ideas for the Iowa EXPO. Dozens of farm equipment and precision ag companies were invited to participate in the EXPO, which was held on September 17. ISU Extension networked with companies in order to demonstrate auto-steer, and other precision ag technologies in the field and companies paid a fee to exhibit in the new hoop building on the farm, which also was the site of presentations by Matt Darr, ISU Extension Ag Engineer, and Dave Nelson, Brokaw supply.

Outcome:  
About 250 crop producers, agribusiness personnel, and community college students attended the EXPO and 20 different companies participated in doing in-field demonstrations and exhibited at in-door and outdoor booths. Crop producers had the opportunity to see equipment working in the field and ride in tractors demonstrating auto-steer. A video made at the EXPO  http://video.extension.iastate.edu/2009/09/23/advances-in-precision-agriculture-expo/ allowed others to see the precision ag technology options after the event. One participant commented “Jim, I would like to commend you on a very interesting, informative, and well organized field day at Crawfordsville yesterday. I have read about RTK, WASS, auto-steer and strip-till precision planting, but the field day really connected the dots on how the system works and cleared up many questions.”

2010
100 Corn & Soybean Production

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