All things wireless top the list of technology-related gifts that farmers want for Christmas this year. More than 40 percent of those surveyed are putting wireless remote cameras and wireless remote weather station / soil sensors on their lists. And nearly 50 percent would like a wireless farm network that extends up to 7.5 miles from their homes.
Those are the findings of an informal survey by Ayrstone Productivity that was conducted with row crop growers across the Corn Belt and surrounding states. More than 100 people responded.
Farmers are also frustrated by the lack of connectivity on their farms. In fact, nearly 80 percent of those surveyed said they are frustrated that their wireless network does not extend to sheds, grain bins or nearby fields. Ayrstone works with farmers and ranchers in North America to help them be more efficient and productive by providing Internet connectivity across their properties. Learn more at www.ayrstone.com.
Other technology-related gifts that farmers say they want according to the survey include wireless remote grain monitoring, iPad or other tablet, new router and remote thermal imaging.
For the first time in history – income will have a greater influence on food security than population. During the Taming Agricultural Risks meeting at the Chicago Federal Reserve, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Dr. Mike Boehlje said growth in terms of incomes is critical to the long-term growth of agriculture.
In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll take a look at why income growth is important to agriculture, and ultimately the technology that’s used to make farmer produce more efficiently.
Welcome to the second installment of the Hick Chick Chat for the week of Thanksgiving, that glorious time of year we give #FoodThanks for another bountiful harvest.
There was a lot of conversation this year about the unfavorable growing conditions experienced in many areas and just a few months ago there were some pretty major concerns about whether the harvest would be very bountiful this year. For the first time ever, there were no field demonstrations at the Farm Progress Show because the crops weren’t mature. Despite that adversity however, farmers have just about finished harvesting a record nearly 14 billion bushel corn crop – thanks in a very large part to the latest and greatest technology in equipment, seed and crop protection.
I had a chance to catch up with some farmers at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk earlier this month to “talk turkey” about this year’s crop and how technology is helping them overcome even the toughest weather challenges.
From all of us here at Precision Pays, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for all you do to continue to provide a bountiful harvest each and every year.
At today’s NAFB Trade Talk, John Deere’s had a big announcement about their MyJohnDeere platform collaborating software developers and companies. Cindy spoke with Product Marketing Manager for John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, Chris Batdorf, during the fast-paced event.
“Last summer we introduced a product called Wireless Data Transfer and that helped to do away with the USB stick and seamlessly transfer production data on and off the machine to MyJohnDeere platform. What this new announcement means is now we are working with the software companies out there. Then with their customers permission, tap in to this information and serve it up on their applications.”
Customers are able to view and manage this information from smart phones, tablets, and computers when and where they need it. Chris went on to share how this new technology will increase efficiency and make the job of the farmer easier overall.
“Their able to use applications that make sense to them, but we are doing a lot of things through the MyJohnDeere platform that customers are going to see in the coming year around showing the information actually on that platform. Making it a one-stop shop, helping them to not only see their John Deere equipment but other equipment as well.”
Earlier this year we had a preview of this announcement when Chuck attended John Deere API Integrator Conference. Here a link to that post.
For companies or developers interested in connecting their applications to MyJohnDeere platform visit Developer.deere.com. More information on MyJohnDeere, Wireless Data Transfer, and JDLink, check out MyJohnDeere.com or contact your local John Deere dealer.
To help producers more accurately monitor the condition of their grain during harvest and in storage, John Deere introduces the GT-30300 Grain Moisture Tester. This new hand-held device provides direct readout of moisture and test weight for 20 different grains in seconds, without pre-weighing the samples, at the touch of a button.
According to Barry Deiters, product manager with John Deere Merchandise, the new GT-30300 Grain Moisture Tester is the most accurate and advanced hand-held tester available. “The tester measures the moisture of harvested or stored grain from 5 percent to 45 percent with repeatable accuracy to plus or minus 0.2 percent and test weights with repeatable accuracy of 0.5 lb. per bushel, without having to pre-weigh the samples.”
The tester also measures the temperature of stored grains from 40 to 120 degrees F with repeatable accuracy to within 1.0 degree. Other features include a backlit LCD display for easy viewing of data, automatic temperature compensation and USB port and cord to make software updates and downloading data easy and convenient. Each unit comes with an attached swiper for grain leveling and heavy-duty carrying case.
Big farms or small farms? Does using technology in agriculture mean its bad? These are just some of the questions consumers are trying to find answers to when it comes to agriculture and food production.
During the recent Food Dialogues event in Boston, there were a lot of different types of farming operations represented – but the one common theme that came from the farmer panelist was that all types of agriculture are needed to continue to feed and fuel the world.
In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll find out why using technology in agriculture is okay and how the industry is working to help consumers understand that.
Truth About Trade and Technology (TATT) is a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers who support freer trade and a farmers freedom to choose the tools, technologies and strategies they need to maximize productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner. Since 2006, TATT has brought farmers from different countries together during World Food Prize week in Des Moines to attend the event and share their knowledge and experiences with each other. This year there were 16 farmers from 14 countries at the Roundtable, all with different backgrounds and experiences but common challenges and aspirations.
Mary Boote, Chief Executive Officer for TATT, is the one who organizes and brings these farmers together and hosts them while they are in Des Moines for the World Food Prize. Mary says since they started the roundtable, they have hosted 98 farmers from 63 different countries and she takes great pride in the fact that alumni want to stay in touch and work together as they go back to their countries. Listen to my interview with Mary here: Interview with Mary Boote
TATT chairman and Iowa farmer Bill Horan says the farmers sitting around the table have such similar stories to tell, yet they have so much to learn from one another. “Farmers, large and small, around the world seem to be dealing with some of the same issues – access to technology, credit, trade barriers,” said Horan, adding that the farmers from other countries bring lots of new information back home. “When these folks go back to their own country, they’re treated like rock stars.” Interview with Bill Horan
Over a year ago we talked about a new technology that would allow growers to plant offensive and defensive corn hybrids within the same field. Last year Jason Webster with Beck’s Hybrids planted his first field with the Variable Hybrid Planter. This year he has more trials and more acres.
In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology we’ll find out what they learned from last year and what he’s doing to make farmers excited about the future of agricultural technologies like this one.
Chuck took advantage of the opportunity and chatted with New Holland’s Chris Carrier about what farmers saw on display in their exhibit. Chris also shared where the future was headed with New Holland’s PLM package. “Data management, that’s where you see the future of the market going. And we are working on a more advanced package for that.”
Now that we have this data, Chuck asked Chris, “What do we do with it?” Chris said that being able to make decisions more efficiently, the ability for growers to make more informed decisions and transfer data in real-time are the key elements to the use of the data.
Chris shared that the consumer adoption rate has increased as they have learned more about it and became more versed with these new features. He added that it is easy for growers to see the payback on the product as well.
Bayer CropScience talked the next generation of farmers during their ag media luncheon at the recent Farm Progress Show. Bayer is looking at the future face of agriculture from the industry, employee and farmer prospective.
Vice President of Commercial Operations for Bayer CropScience, Inci Dannenberg, addressed the crowd and later spoke with Chuck about the importance of the next talent pool, where it will come from and how it will deliver the innovation needed to continue to feed a hungry planet.
“One thing that we are doing is called, “Making Science Make Sense.” It’s a program where Bayer volunteers from all parts of the Bayer to go out to elementary schools and engage young kids in science by doing hands-on, fun experiments. This hopefully insights in them a bit of passion and interest and continue on to look at science in their future.”
“There are numerous areas where knowing science and understanding the science of our population is very critical. One is obvious in the area of innovation and technology. We can’t do what we need to do unless we have folks coming up through the ranks that can provide us that innovation. The other is understanding the importance and value that innovation brings and allowing that innovation to be brought forth. For example, making sure our future legislatures and our future business people understand what it is that agriculture delivers and what modern agriculture is all about.”
Users can simply connect the Ag Leader Wi-Fi Adapter to the Ag Leader® Integra or Versa™ display to access a wireless internet network in the cab through any mobile hotspot of their choice, such as a smartphone, dedicated hotspot or a tablet.
Watch below as Ag Leader’s David Wilson demonstrates just how simple it is to get to AgFiniti and beyond!
There is a data management dilemma facing modern farmers who are collecting and using increasing amounts of digital data to run their operations and precision agriculture extension specialist Dr. John Fulton with Auburn University says addressing data management is a key issue for production agriculture. “Getting data off the machine automatically is the number one barrier that farmers say is keeping them from moving forward in data management,” said Dr. Fulton during a session at last week’s John Deere Product Intro for the media.
Fulton says bigger machines have led to more data. “There’s more to it than guidance systems, it’s rate control, variable rate, section control – all that technology’s built-in,” he said. “But how big is not really the question, it’s the processing that’s really limiting us” and that will need to be addressed on the software level. “Getting it down to where it’s organized, where I can view it, simply bring it up when I’m on the road,” he said. “The key to success is being able to visualize the data.
Dr. Fulton says farmers have told them in surveys that they need wireless data transfer that is automatic, simple and web-based, and they need local support to make it happen and he thinks the introduction of wireless data transfer for MyJohnDeere.com is an example of what is coming.
As more farmers are using new technology in precision agriculture, they are gathering increasing amounts of machine and production data. With that comes the need for moving, storing, and utilizing that data more efficiently between people and devices.
Kathy Michael, product manager, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, says with the introduction of Wireless Data Transfer and data sharing on MyJohnDeere.com, overall data collection, transfer, and management will be much easier. “Wireless Data Transfer is really exciting for our growers. They’re eliminating the use of USB sticks to get that information to their machines and get that documentation data back from the field.”
Kathy says full introduction of the wireless data system will be coming in 2014 but farmers can get a preview at the fall farm shows, starting with Farm Progress Show next week. Interview with John Deere's Kathy Michael
Kathy gave a demo for dealers at the product intro event in Columbus this week, which you can watch here:
Farmers Edge, provider of precision agronomic management services, has been selected as one of the 23 Honorees of the 2013 Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards. The theme of this year’s ASTech Awards Gala is “Shaping the Future” and will showcase the significant impact each of the honorees have in the development of innovation in Alberta. The honorees will be recognized for their contributions at the 2013 ASTech Awards Gala on October 25, 2013.
For 24 years, the ASTech Foundation has invited members of industry, educational institutions and government agencies to be nominated for the ASTech Awards and only the top candidates are selected as honorees in each category.
Recognized for the development of Advanced Geospatial Yield Analysis. This technology enables the ability to process vast amounts of harvest data to measure yield results with geospatial accuracy. This powerful new tool from Farmers Edge allows better measurement of the yield and return of investment of crop input decisions on an unprecedented number fields allowing growers to make better farm management decisions.