Laura Vietmeyer is a Digital Content Specialist for Precision Farming Dealer. She holds an undergraduate degree in Writing Intensive English from Marquette University. Laura joined the Lessiter Media Digital Media team in the fall of 2016.
Industry news dominated the month of August, with news from Deere taking the top two spots, first on G5 Technology coming available for F4365 High-Capacity Nutrient Applicants and second on the acquisition of PLA. Rounding out the top three items was a video from InfoAg 2018 on Teralytic's NPK Wireless Soil-Probe.
Taking the top spot this month was a news item on Great Plains Ag’s commitment to continuous improvement, including the implementation a new product development system. In the second spot was a new item on Farmobile’s agreement to acquire the assets of Prime Meridian, a precision agriculture data management company. And rounding out the top three was our editors’ takeaways from InfoAg2018 in St. Louis, Mo.
Claiming the top spot this month is a guest blog from Todd Janzen on the Deere lawsuit against AGCO and Precision Planing, which is all about planter speed technology. News of the lawsuit also took the number two spot for June. And rounding out the top three was Deere’s announcement of several updates to its grain harvesting solutions for 2019 to its S-Series Combines.
Topping the list this month was news of Farmers Edge's release of a comprehensive R&D roadmap. May was also popular month for topics related to data, with a late April blog on commercializing data landing on the top viewed list for May and a guest blog on GDPR and it's relation to North American ag platforms rounding out the list.
Topping the list this month were two “From the Virtual Terminal” items, one on the new-to-North America diesel-electric farm tractor that will be available for sale in the last quarter of 2018 and another on the news of the potential mega-merger between Bayer and Monsanto and how that is heightening the debate over how farm data is collected and manipulated by companies.
Autonomy was a popular topic this month, with Editor Jack Zemlicka covering the topic in the Virtual Terminal, a video detailing Case IH's next steps with autonomy and the latest Precision Farming Dealer podcast expounding on perception versus reality of autonomy in ag.
Podcasts bookended the top 10 list this month, with A Conversation with the Climate Corp.’s John Raines taking the top spot and Conversations with Ag Equipment’s Entrepreneurs: Gregg Sauder taking the 10th slot. Another highlight was Precision Farming Dealer's coverage of the Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference and National Farm Machinery Show.
Last week at the Farm Progress Show, Ames, Iowa-based technology developer Smart Ag showcased its AutoCart autonomous technology during a field day demonstration. Constructed as an aftermarket kit, the AutoCart can be installed into the cab of a tractor and synced with a combine during harvest season to give a grower control of two machines from one location.
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.