To everyone who responded to my request for information on precision history, thank you. I’ve done a number of interviews the past couple of weeks and it’s been an interesting experience. But I’m looking for more … photos, personal experiences, behind the scenes people and products that few know about, but should. If you have a story to tell, now’s the time to share it.
Here’s one reader who shared his story via this blog last week:
“In the summer of 1996 we started doing one-acre grids looking at the soil depth to 6 feet and the soil physical properties. The intent was to create a map of soil physical properties and relate that to soil water holding capacity and to yield potential for dryland winter wheat in Montana.
“We seeded 2500 acres of winter wheat in the fall of 1996 with full variable rate seed and seed-placed P. We then VR applied 46-0-0, 0-0-60 and 21-00-24. We saw yield and protein response while cutting overall fertilizer rates by 50%.
“In the summer of 1997 we started using Veris Soil EC as a basis for creating accurate soil maps. We have developed a system to very accurately map the soil variability on dryland and irrigated farms. Everybody was telling us that precision agriculture would not be profitable for low-value crops, such as wheat, in semi arid regions. I am glad I didn’t listen to them.”
Now, it’s your turn. You don’t have to do it here … feel free to click here and send me a private message, and I will contact you “off line.”
Thanks again, and I look forward to sharing the fruits of our PrecisionAg History Project later in the year.