Precision Ag

What I've Learned From No-Tilling: 7 Steps To Making Precision Technology Work

Clay and Wade Mitchell took seven crucial steps to convert their Iowa farm into the world’s “highest tech” ag production system.
In a recent entry on The Mitchell Farm Web site (www.mitchellfarm.com), I wrote that “effectiveness comes from getting the one piece of information necessary to make a decision and leaving the rest unseen.” I was referring to how easy it is to get smothered in GPS field-generated data, but often not knowing how to put it to work.
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Pinpoint Your Spray Control

Better placement, cost savings identified with map-based individual spray-control nozzle systems.
No-tillers seeking more precise chemical placement have new tools that not only makes application easier and more precise, they save money in the process.
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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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