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Precision Agriculture Summit Set for Jamestown Jan. 20-21

The summit is intended to be an opportunity for sharing precision agriculture research, technology and needs among farmers, industry, consultants and university personnel.

The Red River Valley Research Corridor has scheduled the third annual Precision Agriculture Summit at the Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown on Jan. 20-21, 2014.

The Precision Agriculture Summit is organized by the Red River Valley Research Corridor, North Dakota Farmers Union, Lake Region State College’s Dakota Precision Ag Center and North Dakota State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension Service agricultural machine systems specialist, is collaborating with others to plan the summit and will be moderating crop precision technology sessions.

"The summit is intended to be an opportunity for sharing precision agriculture research, technology and needs among farmers, industry, consultants and university personnel," Nowatzki says. “The 2014 summit agenda includes concurrent crop and livestock precision technology tracks. Parts of the agenda are arranged for both tracks to come together for presentations applying to all areas of precision agriculture.”

The main agenda focuses on new trends in precision agriculture technology, such as Google Glass, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the economics of precision agriculture. Presenters from Boeing Corporation and Trimble Navigation will discuss their work with unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture.

Topics and presenters include:

  • Google Glass precision agricultural applications - Jeff Caldwell, and Successful Farming magazine multimedia editor, and Bruce Rasa, Inventive Branding managing consultant
  • Macro and micro economics of current precision agriculture technologies - Craig Smith, Fort Hayes State University, and David Roberts, NDSU assistant professor
  • UAS applications in crop and livestock production - Kevin Price, Kansas State University
  • North Dakota UAS roadmap to establish a test site for the integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace - Bob Becklund, Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority executive director
  • Overview of available UAS equipment and services - Ryan Jensen, HoneyComb UAS, and Mitchel Fiene, DMZ Aerial
  • Available cameras and sensor technologies for use on UAS - David Dvorak, Field of View
  • Moderator for the livestock precision agriculture track agenda - J.W Schroeder, NDSU Extension diary specialist
  • Michigan animal tracking system - Daniel Buskirk, Michigan State University beef cattle nutrition specialist
  • Use of electronic animal sensors for making comparisons of animal lying, temperature and rumination and the use of 3D cameras to measure feed intake and animal body conditions -Amanda Sterrett, University of Kentucky graduate research assistant
  • Current technology in cattle genetics - Lauren Hanna, NDSU Animal Sciences assistant professor
  • Cattle reproduction technologies - Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist
  • Automated milking and feeding systems for cattle - James Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension educator
  • Dealing with soil variability - Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension Service soil science specialist
  • Accounting for soil salinity in zone management - Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension soil health specialist and assistant professor
  • Optical reflectance sensing of soil variability - Ken Sudduth, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service
  • Current status and future trends in precision pesticide applications - Erdal Ozkan, Ohio State University Extension

Speakers from commercial companies will discuss current services for making detailed crop prescription maps and precision sprayer technology. The agenda includes presenters from Monsanto, WinField Solutions, Pioneer, Hagie, Titan Machinery and John Deere.

Sreekala Bajwa, NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department chair, will conclude the summit with a presentation titled “A Systems Approach to Precision Ag in North Dakota Today and Tomorrow.”

For more information or to register, visit the Red River Valley Research Corridor website at or contact Ryan Aasheim at (701) 499-6994 or email

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Dec. 17, 2013

Source:John Nowatzki, (701) 231-8213,
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136,
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