The 6th annual Precision Ag Summit will be held Jan. 16-17, at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown, ND. Again this year the summit is being co-hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor and the ND Farmers Union.
Those attending the summit will have hands on and technical demonstrations of precision agriculture technologies and applications, according to Ryan Aasheim of the Red River Valley Research Corridor (RRVRC). In addition, they will be introduced to procedure and tools designed to lower producer cost and create a more efficient environment for farm production.
“One of the themes of the summit this year will be the cost benefit or profitability of precision ag,” Aasheim said. “With the tough economic times farmers are facing, we thought this would be a good way to frame the event. We will have certain sessions focused on profitability with precision ag, cost savings using different technologies and value of data management, imagery data and remote sensing.”
Some of the topics that will be highlighted during the summit include:
- Cost Saving Strategies Using Precision Ag Digital Agronomic, Data Analytics and the Future of Precision Agriculture
- The Profitability of Precision Ag
- Strategies for Multi-hybrid Planting
- Tile Drainage to Manage Salinity
- Making Drones Work For You
To some, their definition of precision ag is putting a satellite signal receiving globe on top of a tractor or combine and coupling that to a microprocessor in the operator station/cab, Aasheim said. But really, he added, precision agriculture is a methodology that, if implemented successfully, integrates three key elements: 1) grower/agronomist information and insight about his/her crop fields and plant species; 2) technology; and 3) management practice capable of integrating findings and implementing decisions. The emphasis should not singularly focus upon the technology, but should represent upon the overall methodology.