PRECISION AG

How Planting Speed, Planter Width And Field Characteristics Influence The Number Of Acres You Can Plant In a Day
Presented by Michael Buschermohle
Extension Precision Ag Specialist, University of Tennessee
Machine field efficiency is an important factor when making machinery purchasing decisions. In terms of planting, maximizing machine efficiency is critical to get crops planted during optimum planting windows. With the recent introduction of high-speed planters, many producers are asking the question "do I buy a faster or do I buy wider". This presentation will discuss how planting speed, planter width and field characteristics (shape and size) influence planting efficiency, and ultimately planting capacity.

Got Imagery, Now What
Presented by Don Cummins

Owner, Air Data Solutions
Integrating crop stress imagery into progressive farming workflows can be a confusing and daunting task. Don Cummins, owner of Air Data Solutions, discusses his work with Dulaney Seed and presents how his team provides simple and field ready aerial solutions by delivering scouting maps, prescriptions, analysis, and personalized service on the farmer's schedule

How We Use Aerial Imagery On The Farm To Make Crop Decisions
Presented by Wayne Dulaney

Mississippi Farmer: Corn, Rice, Soybeans
Dulaney schedules airplane flights with Don Cummins to get NDVI imagery on soybeans and rice for the purpose of determining fertility needs, herbicide applications, and locate stress areas. He may then take tissue samples to further examine crop needs. Don can break down the imagery so Dulaney can see better whatŐs going on in the field. In 2008, Justin (J.D.) and Wayne Dulaney, representing the fourth generation of production in the Mississippi Delta, took over the family farming operation. Previously they farmed with their father, Edwin and uncle, Terry. Wayne has a bachelor's degree in Ag Extension Education from Mississippi State University. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and does all the consulting for the farm business, as well as some outside consulting for corn, rice and soybeans. He is the lead agronomist for Dulaney Seed Company. He and his brother, Justin, were named the 2012 National Conservation Systems Rice Farmers of the Year.

From Field To Office: Inexpensive Open-Source Monitoring To Transfer Information From The Field For Timely And Convenient Access In The Office
Presented by Dr. Daniel K. Fisher
Research Agricultural Engineer, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Rapid advances in electronics and communications technologies are changing the ways data and other information can be collected, transferred, and accessed. New and emerging technologies are continuously being introduced in consumer products. The market for and availability of advancing technologies in agriculture, however, have been limited, and adoption of electronic monitoring has been minimal. The open-source hardware and software communities, which make hardware designs and software tools freely available to use and share, offer flexible and affordable options for agricultural research and production applications. Inexpensive electronic components and sensors, and the extensive growth in communications infrastructure, including cellular networks and the internet, allow for continuous transfer of data. Monitoring systems can be developed and deployed to transfer data from the field to the office, increasing convenience and timeliness, and reducing costs and labor, of access to information. A variety of inexpensive open-source monitoring systems, integrating electronic sensing, cellular communications, and internet access, will be presented to demonstrate the possibilities of these development tools for agricultural applications.

Using Granular Software For Financial Digital Acre Tracking: Silent Shade Operational Overview
Presented by Jeff Hollowell CCA
Strategic Account Manager, DuPont Pioneer
Presented by Jeremy Jack
Mississippi Farmer, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybean, Peanut, Wheat, Silent Shade Planting Company
Presented by Dr. Trey Koger
Mississippi Farmer, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybean, Peanut, Wheat, Silent Shade Planting Company
Silent Shade Planting Company was involved with the Granular team during the development of software to help structure and build a program that is not only useful, but practical. Granular's farm software program has become the foundation of Silent Shade Planting Company's business. It helps streamline every aspect of their business- financials, managing seed and chemical inventory, tracking all inputs that go into growing a crop, grain and cotton inventory, and work flow management. Prior to utilizing Granular software, Silent Shade Planting Company used a multitude of software programs to help manage the business. Upon adopting Granular in 2014, they've not only reduced the number of business programs used and streamlined the operation, but they've also benefited from real-time information that helps determine both operational and field-level profitability and productivity. With Granular, Silent Shade has a more accurate handle on inventory levels, management of their employees, cost of production analysis and their overall profitability. Aside from the obvious benefits to their business Silent Shade also appreciates Granular's commitment to continuous improvement. They are excellent at listening to customer needs and adapting the program to make it more useful, practical and easy to use and capture information wirelessly, in real time.

Electronic Monitoring Of All Farming Systems
Presented by Pete Hunter
Mississippi Delta Farmer: Cotton, Corn, Soybean, Wheat
Using telemetry, Hunter is able to monitor various systems on his farm from his home office. He has electronic soil moisture probes and electronic rain gauges scattered throughout the farm. Information about these systems comes to his computer or phone through telemetry. Even the water pond from which he irrigates is monitored and the depth is sent to his computer. All of his equipment is auto steer, he uses yield monitors on harvest equipment, does grid soil sampling and variable rate fertilizer and lime, all electronically. He also uses satellite imaging, and while he has not yet gotten into drones, he has his own airplane. Hunter is into his 45th crop, after receiving his bachelorŐs degree in ag engineering technology and business with a minor in animal science from Mississippi State. He farms 4,800 acres, raising 3,000 acres of cotton, 460 acres of corn and the rest in double-cropped soybeans and wheat. He is retired, but still very much involved with the operation that he turned over to two very close friends. He is President of the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts; Vice-Chairman of Mississippi State Soil and Water Commission, and serves on the Governors task force for Declining Aquifer in the Mississippi Delta.

Drone And Small Aircraft Image Acquisition And Its Applications In Precision Agriculture
Presented by Kevin Price

EVP Research and Technology Development, AgPixel, LLC.
Presented by Don Cummins
Owner, Air Data Solutions
The use of ultra-high resolution natural color and color infrared imagery in precision agriculture applications is rapidly growing. Dr. Kevin Price will discuss the technologies, including the optical sensors and their data quality. His co-speaker, Don Cummins has years of experience in collecting color infrared and natural color imagery, and will discuss how the imagery can be used for aerial precision spraying and ground level precision agricultural applications. Kevin has been the invited speaker at over 90 national and international conferences around the world. Don has hundreds of hours as a pilot and farm and ranch manager.

Management Of High Residue Cropping Systems
Presented by Keith Scoggins
Farmer/NRCS District Conservationist, AR Soil Health Alliance Member
Presented by Robby Bevis
Arkansas Farmer: Soybeans, Cotton, Corn, Rice, Bevis Farms/President, AR Soil Helath Alliance
Presented by Adam Chappell
CArkansas Farmer Chappell Brothers Farms LLC, Secretary Arkansas Soil Health Alliance
I planted a cover crop and got a great stand now what? How am I going to plant into this? When should I terminate? What equipment changes do I need to make? Can I still furrow irrigate? Is there anyone to help me? Soil Health has come to the forefront of agriculture today, but all too often producers and even landowners plant cover crops without asking the previously proposed questions. They have trouble with some aspect of their cash crop and immediately it must have been the cover crops fault, because that's the only thing we changed. This is often followed by returning to the same type of agriculture that we have done for years, and continue losing soil, dealing with poor infiltration, and nutrient losses. I tried cover crops that doesnŐt work for me will be the topic at the coffee shop, if you ask yourself these questions before you start into a soil health production system then you will find with a little planning high residue cropping systems will save substantial amounts of time, money, and labor.

An Economic Analysis Of The Impact Of Planter Width, Planter Speed, And Perimeter-To-Area Ratio On Planting Costs
Presented by Dr. Aaron Smith
Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
Increasing planter speed and width decreases field efficiency and increases field capacity, thus, potentially saving time and reducing the risk of not planting the crop in the optimal planting window. However, irregularly shaped fields can pose challenges for row-crop producers in the Southeast. This presentation examines how planter width, planter speed, and perimeter-to-area ratio impact planting costs and machinery capacity risk (the ability to successfully plant a crop in an unknown optimal planting window).

Unmanned Aerial Systems In Ag: TodayŐs Reality
Presented by Louis Wasson

Senior Extension Associate - Precision Agriculture, Mississippi State University Extension Service
Presented by Zach Reynolds
Mississippi Consultant: Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Rice, Peanuts, Wheat
Presented by Louis Wasson Senior Extension Associate - Precision Agriculture, Mississippi State University Extension Service Presented by Zach Reynolds Agriculture is a very difficult industry for any remote sensing application. Whether it be from a satellite, plane and now UAS, it just hasnŐt caught on. But UAS is different, theyŐre convenient and easy to fly and the processing software is getting better and faster. Getting your boots off the ground and looking over the field can be just as informative as walking through the crop. Consultants have started to see some advantages of UAS technology to help with scouting. Drones will not diagnose field problems themselves, but they can show how large the affected areas are once identified by the consultant.