Precision Ag

Make The Crop Tell You Where Field Variations Are

Precision agriculture technology gives you tools, but combine them with your own observations to create a map for success in your no-till fields.
The complexity of precision ag technology, when combined with your own knowledge, boils down to creating information that guides your decisions toward greater profits, according to Joe Nester and John McGuire.
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Autosteering Options Increasing As No-Tillers Look To Next Year

Implement steering and compatibility with other equipment are key features that could grab attention and address common challenges of precision farming.
More no-tillers, especially many who are adopting strip-tillage, are investing in assisted steering to make their efforts easier and more accurate. Assisted steering of both tractors and implements can boost precision field operations.
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Put Precision Ag Data To Work

If piles of reports and data from your no-till fields are sitting useless, a consultant could help you turn them into wiser management practices.
Does precision farming, with page after page of information generated by automated devices, really make your no-till fields more productive? Or are you about ready to unplug it all in frustration?
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Forget The Tractor — Steer Your No-Till Planter

Moving to auto-steering with your planter, drill, sprayer or other no-till tools can lead to more accurate cropping.
For more accurate seeding and spraying, a few no-tillers are already starting to believe that global positioning satellite systems should be placed in the ground — where it may count the most.
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Choose Auto Steering Wisely

Avoid buyer’s remorse by keeping several factors in mind when considering an investment in this technology.
Avoid buyer’s remorse by keeping several factors in mind when considering an investment in this technology.
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A Passion for Precision

If profitable farming is your goal, auto steering might get you where you want to go.
If you're strip-tilling or want to improve traffic control in your no-till fields, you should consider auto steering, says Randall Reeder, an agricultural engineer with Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. While the cost is hefty and a decision should be made carefully, the returns can be well worth the investment, he says.
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Hands Off the Wheel!

There is a lot to be gained by no-tillers willing to invest in a high-precision auto steering system and use it correctly.
If you've ever wondered if precision farming would fit in your operation, listen to Clay Mitchell. This farmer from Buckingham, Iowa, has been using automatic guidance systems in his no-till operation since 2000, and he has some thoughts on the subject.
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Hands-Free No-Tilling!

With all the talk about auto-steering, here’s how to decide which system is best for your no-till operation.
With every new innovation that comes around to make our lives easier, there comes a price tag — usually a hefty one. And that rule of thumb is not set aside when it comes to auto-steering.
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