David Hest

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Hitting the field with multi-hybrid planters
Concept planters from Kinze and Precision Planting seeded thousands of acres across the Corn Belt in 2014 – with 2015 marketing plans in the wind.
Satellite imagery boom for farming
High-flying satellites - not UAVs - may be first to offer actionable in-season crop imagery beginning this year.
Yield Pop offers new tools for comparing seed varieties 1
Compare seed performance by soil type, tillage or rotational system with the new Yield Pop online tool.
The A to Z of technology changing agriculture 154
The complete A to Z list of technology changing the agriculture industry.
Electric variable-rate planting from an entrepreneur 12
Toby Graham developed an electric-drive system that converts ground-driven planters into by-the-row variable-rate seeders with built-in row shut-off capability. Now, he’s updating the system with an optional tablet-based controller.
7 new telematics offerings in agriculture for 2013 7
Here’s a look at what’s new in telematics for the agriculture industry in 2013.
New Yield Pop free online service designed for agriculture information sharing 11
The new free online service is designed to streamline sharing of information by farmers, consultants and ag industry suppliers.
FarmLogs adds rainfall monitoring, new smartphone apps 11
FarmLogs, the year-old Web-based farm business management software program, is adding new features in time for the 2013 growing season.
By-the-nozzle sprayer control 16

 

The capabilities of sprayer technologies that link GPS navigation systems with sophisticated by-the-nozzle controls continue to expand. Now, if you want a sprayer that can handle odd-shaped fields as well as a high-end planter with by-the-row shutoffs, aftermarket providers are leading the way.

 

High-tech spray nozzles target glyphosate resistant weeds 26

 

After years of primarily using one-size-fits-all spray tips that are ideal for spraying Roundup Ready crops, growers may now need to own an arsenal of nozzles specific to a range of chemistries.

 

Capitalizing on the cloud: Wireless connectivity in agriculture will make big gains in 2013 19

 

Cloud-based computing in precision agriculture took a huge leap forward in 2012 and is likely to make another big gain in 2013.

In the past 12 months, options for using “the cloud” to provide wireless connectivity to tractor and combine displays grew dramatically, to the point it is now possible to eliminate the frustration of shuffling thumb drives to keep precision ag data up to date.

New smartphone and tablet applications bring decision-making tools to the field 16

 

Over the past year, the market for ag-specific smartphone and tablet computer applications has gone mainstream. Now many of the big names in agriculture are offering apps to improve crop and machinery management.

Here’s a look at some of the new offerings for Android and iOS (Apple) smartphones and tablet computers.

2013 Buyer's forecast: Farmland myths 23

They’re not making any more farmland, right? Wrong.

“Don’t believe that myth,” advises Mike Boehlje, an agricultural economist at Purdue University.

The Corn Belt hasn’t expanded as if by magic. But the red-hot commodity prices of recent years have stimulated a dramatic increase in new land coming into production around the globe, Boehlje says. In addition, productivity of existing farmland continues to climb as high prices justify more intense management.

2013 Buyer's forecast: Farmland 16

Despite widespread drought that slammed Corn Belt yields in 2012, farmland prices continue their upward trajectory, though increases in recent months appear to have backed off from the 20-percent-plus annual gains of recent years.

Midyear farmland price data from the Chicago and Kansas City Federal Reserve banks, as well as surveys by Illinois and Iowa farm manager and Realtor groups, show farmland price increases of 5 to 10% in the first half of the year, substantially below the pace of recent years.

Palm-sized receiver adds GPS/GLONASS to smartphones, tablets 3

The SXBlue III-L GNSS palm-sized receiver from Geneq Inc. turns any Bluetooth-compliant smartphone, handheld, tablet, laptop or notebook computer into a fully capable GPS/GLONASS device. Out of the box, it can attain 10cm accuracy using OmniSTAR’s G2 or HP service or 1cm accuracy when connected via cellular or UHF radio to an RTK network.

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