December 18, 2017
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System
As agricultural technologies evolve, The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recognizes the need to evolve, too, and is working with industry partners to conduct workshops to educate farmers. Extension professionals will host a precision agriculture workshop Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said she is optimistic the move to Birmingham will allow more farmers to participate.
“We are hopeful that a more central workshop location will help us draw farmers from all over the state,” she said. “We have several notable speakers who will help our Alabama farmers take the next step toward full implementation of precision agriculture practices.”
The workshop will highlight five areas of precision ag:
- Precision liquid applications — fertilizer and herbicide
- Precision planting — precise planting depth, seed spacing, on-the-go seed rate changes, multi-hybrid planting
- Unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture
- Precision ag data management
New technologies are daunting in any field, but implementation on the farm may mean the difference in ending the season in the ‘black’ or in the ‘red.’
“There are many farming practices that can be improved,” Ortiz said. “The technology is there, and farmers are learning to use it. We want to help them use available technology to benefit their operation and, moreover, their bottom line.”
Dr. Steve Thomson, a National Program Leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will also present. Ortiz said Thomson’s extensive research and experience in the agricultural sector gives him an especially relevant vision of the future of precision agriculture.
In the afternoon, producers will have time to interact with companies.
Click here to register. Learn more at aces.edu or alabamacrops.com.