J-Ace Farms, located near Blue Earth, Minn., uses precision farming practices in its strip-till and no-till farming operation. Matt Alford, and his father-in-law, Jim Erdahl, typically build strips in the fall for corn the following year using a 16-row Environmental Tillage Systems Soil Warrior strip-till unit, applying prescription-rate phosphorous (P) and potassium (K).
Bethany, Ill., farmer Clint Robinson says he hasn’t had much trouble with adopting precision farming equipment since adding their first auto-guide system that used an Ag Leader OnTrac steering system in 2002. But that’s not to say he hasn’t encountered challenges.
The Applegates are no strangers to incorporating technology into their farming operation. Doug, who farms with his wife, Kathy, and two sons, Brent and Luke, have always looked for ways to leverage electronics and information in their farming operation.
Rick DeGroote, and his father, Duane, farm 23,000 acres in 5 counties in northeast and north central Iowa. Growing corn and soybeans that are either no-tilled and conventionally tilled, depending on the field, the farm team relies primarily on John Deere equipment for all tillage, spraying, planting and harvesting.
Roric Paulman grows a wide variety of crops on 10,000 acres in the Sutherland, Neb., area. About 85% of the cropland is irrigated and he and his son, Zach, practice no-till or strip-till across all crops.
The path some farmers take in their strip-tillage journey is to quickly adopt — and
heavily invest in — RTK farm-by- the-inch technology. But for Tom Cotter at Cotter Farms
near Austin, Minn., he would rather first get research need vs. want and properly
develop prescriptions before going too deep, too fast.
Rapp Farms, operated by James and his sons Nick, and Ben, farm 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans in the Princeton, Ill., area. They are going into their fifth year of strip-tilling both crops on fairly flat and rather consistent soil types in the north-central part of the state.
By and large, no-till farmers forecast a conservative approach to adding new equipment to their operation in 2020, especially precision technologies. Results of the 12th annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study show that farmers generally plan to scale back use of precision farming tools and services on their cropping operations in the coming year.
The college offers an associate degree in Applied Science in Agriculture (60 credit hours). Students enrolled in this program may specialize in precision farming technology by selecting up to 15 credit hours in this area and agriculture business, sales and agronomy.
The college offers an AAS in Precision Agriculture and customized precision ag- related training for agricultural producers, insurance underwriters, equipment dealer and agricultural cooperative employees and others.
Offering training on Ag Leader, Trimble, Reichhardt, Norac and Integris Systems in twice yearly customer training events (spring/fall). Also offering individual training opportunities on any HTS Ag products and SMS software, year round.