AUBURN, Ala. —Auburn University College of Agriculture and Alabama Extension professionals will host a precision agriculture workshop in Auburn Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. Cutting-edge precision agriculture presentations and precision ag demonstrations will be led by Extension professionals and private companies.
Brenda Ortiz, associate professor in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and an Extension specialist, said there are many producers who have not fully adopted precision agriculture practices and site-specific management strategies.
“We want to provide current information and access to current technology and to connect farmers with private companies and consultants who can assist producers with this move,” Ortiz said.
Topics covered by presenters will include precision planting, precision spraying, variable-rate nitrogen, variable-rate irrigation and data management.
Ortiz said the workshop will combine presentations and demonstrations to give attendees a thorough overview of site-specific management practices.
“Site-specific management can help farmers increase yield and profitability, increase efficiency and be better stewards of the environment,” she said. “We want to help farmers understand how to better use our natural resources and how to analyze data collected in their fields and use it effectively.”
Ortiz said the conference is for producers who are new to precision ag practices as well as those who have already implemented practices on their farms.
Speakers include Ajay Sharda from Kansas State University, Brian Arnal from Oklahoma State University, Timothy Stombaugh from the University of Kentucky and Kenneth Stone from USDA/ARS. Companies presenting include Trimble, SunSouth John Deere Dealer, TriGreen John Deere Dealer, MapShots, Valley and Russell Planter Service.