Alabama’s Precision Knowledge Central

The Precision Agriculture team at Auburn University was founded more than a decade ago, but over the past two years has been actively working to get its information out both to the growers it serves and to interested parties around the world via the Internet. Its website, www.AlabamaPrecisionAgOnline.com, in tandem with a concerted effort to disseminate information via social media outlets, has successfully educated growers on the benefits of precision technology and spread the word about site specific practices and products throughout the nation.

John Fulton, who leads the effort with a team faculty, staff and students at Auburn, recently shared some thoughts on the initiative’s goals and progress.

Why was this plan to focus on using the Web originally conceived?

We were getting a lot of questions from the field about precision ag technologies and site specific management, so it made sense for us to have a kind of one-stop-shop web page for material and information and resources to address these questions, and using social media to expand and allow others to know what we are working on .. .we figure if there are a couple farmers asking the same question that there are others out there asking the same questions across the US.

What are some of the projects that your team is working on this season?

The biggest topic of interest here in Alabama, as well as across the southeast, has been variable-rate seeding. There have been a lot of questions and interest from growers on how to develop management zones in general but mostly interests have been for seeding. We have focused on addressing zone development based on this interest from producers. We provide information back to the producers, or in some cases consultants, on the mechanics of developing management zones and we empower them to decide how they want to assign rates to the zones. We also help them selecting and then properly setting up the technology needed to conduct VR seeding, including hydraulic drives, displays, and software.

Another topic that continues to grow is RTK GPS adoption, primarily for automatic guidance. But along with steering, growers want to take that higher level of accuracy and use it for other purposes, such as automatic section control, seeding, and harvesting. They are looking to take full advantage of the technology they have invested in and spread costs over as many acres as possible. Finally, they are interested in the types of RTK networks and connections available that will provide the most reliable positioning whenever they need it, but especially during peak use periods of the season.

Last, while we have not seen a lot of adoption in the area of crop sensors, we are getting questions about it from growers. So we initiated a demonstration program this year in partnership with Hagie Manufacturing along with Topcon and Trimble using theses different sensors on the market. This approach allows producers to utilize the technology for a period of time to see how it works on a self-propelled sprayer and how it might be successfully integrated into their operation for site specific management purposes. We’re looking at using the technology in-season for collecting data and turning it into a prescription map for subsequent applications of nutrients or even conducting real-time application of nutrients or cotton inputs (e.g. plant growth regulators and defoliants). Our demonstration program has been very successful over the past 3 or 4 years with our producers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Guidance Stories
AgJunction, InfoAg 2014, Autosteer, GPS
GuidanceAgJunction, TeeJet Technologies Form Partnership
July 6, 2016
AgJunction Inc. and TeeJet Technologies, one of the world’s leading application technology providers for agriculture, have entered into a global Read More
GPS, Guidance
GuidanceDeere Launches Plethora of Precision Ag Products
June 1, 2016
Two new row guidance products available for John Deere sprayers Two new AutoTrac products are available to help row crop Read More
GuidanceNovAtel Launches TerraStar-L Precise Point Positioning Service
April 27, 2016
NovAtel today announced TerraStar-L, a new 40 centimetre (cm) Precise Point Positioning (PPP) correction service. TerraStar-L is a subscription based Read More
GuidanceTallysman Adds 2 Triple Band GNSS Antennas To Product Line
April 27, 2016
Tallysman is pleased to announce the addition of two triple band GNSS antennas to our multi-band antenna line: The TW3970 Read More
Trending Articles
Ian Yule, ISPA
ResearchLeading Ag Technology Researcher Appointed ISPA President
September 26, 2016
Massey University’s Professor Ian Yule, one of the world’s leading agri-tech researchers, has been voted president of the International Society Read More
Business2016 Farm Science Review: Talkin’ New Products, Education and Big Data
September 21, 2016
The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review has become an annual rite of fall for Buckeye State growers, retailers and Read More
Mitchell Technical Institute students with drone
IntegratorsMTI Precision Ag Students Use Drone Technology
September 19, 2016
After weeks of sitting in the classroom, several Mitchell Technical Institute students were able to spend a few hours outside Read More
Robotics AGCO Fendt Guide Connect
Market ImpactReport: Ag Robots And Drones May Be A $10 Billion Market By 2022
September 7, 2016
Robots and drones have begun to quietly transform many aspects of agriculture. In fact, the IDTechEx Research report on Agricultural Read More
SDWG Bret Weisenburger
BusinessMZB Technologies, Climate FieldView Announce Data Integration for 2017 Season
September 6, 2016
MZB Technologies announces a data connectivity agreement with The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Co., providing increased precision agriculture Read More
Deere R4023 cab
BusinessReport: Smart Agriculture Market Worth $19 Billion By 2021
September 6, 2016
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Smart Agriculture Market – With Forecast (2016-2021)” report to their offering. Read More
Latest News
BusinessFarm Bureau Insurance Services, Granular Announce Partn…
September 29, 2016
American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS Inc.), a Managing General Agent (MGA) for Approved Insurance Providers (AIP’s), has partnered with Read More
Sentera Rise Above
BusinessRise Above Selected To Resell Sentera Solutions Through…
September 28, 2016
Sentera, LLC, a global provider of remote sensing hardware and data management solutions signs a reseller agreement with Rise Above Read More
Western Canada Wheat field
DataFarmers Edge Partners With New Holland Dealer
September 28, 2016
Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, has partnered with Mazergroup, North America’s largest Read More
A Satshot NDVIR analysis running on an iPad.
BusinessSatshot’s Landscout IOS Now API Linked With John …
September 28, 2016
Satshot’s Landscout IOS mobile software is now connected with the John Deere Operations Center through John Deere’s API services. Landscout Read More
Ag Drone
BusinessDroneDeploy Launches Turbo Uploader
September 27, 2016
DroneDeploy today announced a new solution that addresses drone data portability challenges in remote areas that have Internet bandwidth constraints. Read More
FUSE Farm Graphic
DataAGCO Is Founding Member Of The DKE Data-Hub Initiative
September 26, 2016
AGCO Corp., a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has announced its participation as a founding member of the DKE Read More
Ian Yule, ISPA
ResearchLeading Ag Technology Researcher Appointed ISPA Preside…
September 26, 2016
Massey University’s Professor Ian Yule, one of the world’s leading agri-tech researchers, has been voted president of the International Society Read More
BusinessADAPT Conversion Toolkit Making In Roads With Equipment…
September 22, 2016
A leading group of equipment manufacturers will soon release products that greatly enhance a grower’s ability to manage data across Read More
Business2016 Farm Science Review: Talkin’ New Products, Educati…
September 21, 2016
The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review has become an annual rite of fall for Buckeye State growers, retailers and Read More
Farmers Edge Truck
DataFarmers Edge Awarded $6.1M Investment From Sustainable …
September 21, 2016
Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, has announced that it will receive $6,107,563 Read More
BusinessGMO Aphids to Battle Weeds? It’s Not as Far Fetch…
September 21, 2016
No, I am not talking about optimizing aphids for a global agricultural armageddon. That would be silly. I’m talking about Read More
Young Corn Field
Best PracticesNitrogen: The Key to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
September 20, 2016
Precision ag can play a key role in reducing agriculture’s impact on greenhouse gases by limiting the nitrogen rate. Read More
W. Wade Robey, Raven
Industry NewsRaven Adds New Director Of Engineering
September 19, 2016
W. Wade Robey, Ph.D., joined Raven Applied Technology in August 2016 as Director of Engineering. In this role, he leads Read More
Mitchell Technical Institute students with drone
IntegratorsMTI Precision Ag Students Use Drone Technology
September 19, 2016
After weeks of sitting in the classroom, several Mitchell Technical Institute students were able to spend a few hours outside Read More
BusinessOPINION: Climate Corp. is the Jewel in Bayer’s Monsanto…
September 15, 2016
PERSPECTIVE: Over the next few days and weeks in the ag media space the major players will examine this latest Read More
Sugarcane India
Market ImpactPlantations International Brings Precision Farming Tech…
September 14, 2016
Hong Kong-based plantation and farm management company Plantations International has announced it is moving its contact centre from the Indian Read More
Corn close up
Start-UpsLewis & Clark Ventures Raises $20 Million For Agric…
September 13, 2016
Lewis & Clark Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on Series A and B stage investments, has announced $20 million Read More
BusinessSentera Joins Forces With Another Drone Distributor
September 13, 2016
Sentera has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Dynamic UAV Solutions North America, LLC, a new distributor in the commercial Read More