What is in this article?:
- 20 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW
- 6 Raising corn is more of a gamble than playing blackjack.
- 7 The Amazon rainforest is not being cut down for soybean production.
- 8 Nearly all Midwest farmers have access to high-accuracy guidance networks.
- 9 More GPS brownouts are ahead.
- 10 Corn borer populations are rapidly shrinking in the Midwest.
- 11 Integrated pest management (IPM) isn't dead but evolving.
- 12 Glyphosate is applied too late.
- 13 Adding autoswath control to a sprayer saves 5 to 17% in applied product.
- 14 Assisted steering systems are no-brainers for return on investment.
- 15 It takes less fossil energy to produce ethanol than it takes to produce gasoline.
- 16 Ethanol does not take food away from people in developing countries.
- 17 Ethanol is not a water hog.
- 18 Livestock farmers are losing control of their animals.
- 19 Beef packs more nutrients into one 3-oz. serving than chicken does.
- 20 Small farms are not necessarily the most environmentally friendly option.
Adding autoswath control to a sprayer saves 5 to 17% in applied product.
RESEARCH AT Iowa State University shows that precise spraying of crop protection products through autoguidance on a sprayer saves product by eliminating overlap.
How much is saved is “dependent on field size and shape as well as the original configuration of the machinery,” explains Matt Darr, a precision ag specialist at Iowa State University.
Autoswath plus autosteer on sprayers is justified if you spray 1,800 acres/year assuming a five-year equipment life, Darr says. “This typically relates to 900 farmed acres per year since most acres are sprayed twice,” he adds. — Jodie Wehrspann