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Precision Agriculture Summit Set for Jamestown Jan. 21-22

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Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Red River Valley Research Corridor will hold the second annual Precision Agriculture Summit at the Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown Monday-Tuesday, January 21-22.

John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural machine systems specialist, is coordinating the summit and will moderate sessions on in-field crop sensors and crop field data management.

The summit will focus on using in-field crop sensors for variable-rate fertilization to increase nitrogen use efficiency and farm field information and data management. Livestock precision agricultural applications will also be discussed. The agenda and other information may be seen at http://theresearchcorridor.com/precisionagsummit2013.

Sarah Bedgar Wilson, Jamestown area farmer, will share her adventures in agriculture in a fashion intended to entertain and educate while relaying positive information about agriculture.

Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension Service soil specialist, will discuss his research on using in-field optical sensors to increase nitrogen use efficiency on corn.

Newell Kitchen, soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service at the University of Missouri in Columbia, will talk about impacts of soil texture and weather on in-season corn nitrogen fertilization.

Raj Khosla, Colorado State University precision agriculture professor, will speak about managing the spatial variability of soils. Khosla's work includes evaluating various techniques of precision nitrogen and water management across productivity level management zones.

Richard Ferguson, University of Nebraska Extension soil fertility specialist, will present research information on the interactions among nitrogen rate strategy, corn hybrid and population on the Northern Plains.

David Clay, South Dakota State University soil biochemistry professor, will talk about using nitrogen-rich strips to increase the accuracy of in-field optical sensors.

Carl Dahlen,  NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist, will speak about precision technology applications for livestock management and as well as the NDSU beef cattle research complex.

Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University Extension precision nutrient management specialist, will present his work on GreenSeeker sensors for increased grain yields and nitrogen use efficiency in wheat.

Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension soil health specialist and assistant professor in the Soil Science Department, will discuss salinity mapping as it applies to precision agriculture.

A North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service soil scientist will discuss the precision agriculture applications of the web soil survey. A NRCS program specialist will also share information about precision agriculture incentive programs.

Several industry representatives will participate in a panel discussion regarding commercial optical sensors for agricultural crop management.

A panel of company representatives will discuss the industry perspective of variable-rate fertilizer applications and their recommendations on preparing field management zones. Another industry panel will discuss and demonstrate farm geographic information systems (GIS) computer programs.

The conference is sponsored by the Red River Valley Research Corridor, NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota Farmers Union and Lake Region State College's Dakota Precision Ag Center.

For more information or to register, visit the Red River Valley Research Corridor website at http://theresearchcorridor.com/precisionagsummit2013 or contact Ryan Aasheim at (701) 499-6994 or ryan@theresearchcorridor.com.

Source: John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural machine systems specialist. (701) 231-8213, john.nowatzki@ndsu.edu

Until Next Time!

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