Precision Ag

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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Making Precision Agriculture Pay

While it may be an expensive investment, precision agriculture has the potential to make you more money. Here’s one no-tiller’s advice on getting the most bang for your buck.
Computers. GPS. Monitors. Receivers. Satellites. If you were to ask growers 50 years ago what any of these words meant, they’d probably look at you as if you were crazy.
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Variable Rate Technology Requires More Time To See The Payoff

No-tillers need to have patience with this technology as returns won’t come as fast as using global positioning system equipment to boost your yields.
While the idea of using global positioning satellite technology took off quickly because the financial returns were immediate, Matthew Sullivan says the returns from variable rate technology may not be as noticeable.
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