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The Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) has released their Fall Climate Outlook for 2010. This information can be used to assist producers with production and management decisions. For the full article click here.​

10/5/2010 10:12 AM
  

Once targeted for row-crop producers, the increased affordability and capabilities of GPS guidance systems have made them a viable option for cattle and forage producers. Click here to read Jim Langcuster's recent article on the adoption of GPS guidance for cattle farmers.

10/5/2010 9:53 AMGPS; Guidance Systems
  

Alabama Cooperative Extension System communications and marketing specialist Jim Langcuster discusses how social media and web-based applications are transforming Extension programming to help reach new audiences and expand outreach. Read the full article here.

10/5/2010 9:52 AM
  
Glyphosate-resistant Palmer Amaranth is a major concern for row crop producers in Alabama. A recently released Timely Information Sheet which details the distribution in Alabama and methods for control is now available at http://www.aces.edu/timelyinfo/Ag%20Soil/2010/August/confirmed.pdf.

10/5/2010 9:51 AM
  

WTVY Channel 4 in Dothan, Alabama aired a feature story on Precision Agriculture. See the clip on "High Tech Farmers" at http://www.wtvy.com/home/headlines/97895534.html

10/5/2010 9:50 AMGPS; Guidance Systems; Precision Soil Sampling; Section Control Technology; Sensor Technology; Variable Rate Technology; Yield Monitoring; CORS; GIS
  

Problems with the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) which includes the USA's WAAS program may leave users with disruptions in GPS correction services. Click here to read the full article from GPS World.

10/5/2010 9:49 AMGPS
  

A recently published Timely Information discussing considerations for purchase and use of automatic section control for planters is now available online. Click here to read the publication.​

10/5/2010 9:47 AMGuidance Systems; GPS; Section Control Technology; Variable Rate Technology
  
Several types of DGPS correction services are available to civilian users in Alabama. A newly released publication, written by Auburn University Biosystems Engineering research engineer Daniel Mullenix,provides an overview of correction services available in Alabama including WAAS, Coast Guard Beacon, John Deere Starfire System, OmniSTAR, RTK and CORS network solutions. To read the publication click here.
1/20/2010 12:51 PMCORS; GIS; GPS; Guidance Systems
  
Information for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's 2010 commodity meetings are now available online. Visit www.aucrops.com for a detailed listing of commodity meetings in your area.
1/20/2010 11:58 AMGPS
  
A recently published Timely Information discussing considerations for purchase and use of handheld GPS units is now available online. Click here to read the publication.
1/20/2010 11:58 AMGPS
  
Slingshot combines a revolution in wireless connectivity over cell phone networks, robust and intuitive online tools that keep data a secure click away from any computer connected to the Internet, and top-shelf precision ag hardware from Raven. For more information visit www.ravenslingshot.com.
1/20/2010 10:23 AMCORS; GPS; Guidance Systems
  

Information for potential vendors and educational and non-profit exhibitors for the 2009 Precision Ag & Field Crops Conference in Atmore, Alabama is now available. This year’s event will focus on the implementation and benefits of precision agriculture technologies and management for both crop and livestock production.2009 Precision Ag Conference

Display and equipment demonstration areas are available for vendors, along with an educational poster session. Click here for details on educational and vendor opportunities

11/18/2009 1:26 PMCORS; GIS; GPS; Guidance Systems; Precision Soil Sampling; Section Control Technology; Sensor Technology; Variable Rate Technology; Yield Monitoring
  

Topcon Precision Agriculture announces the development of CropSpecTM, a real-time integrated plant nutrient monitoring and application system for agricultural equipment. The Topcon system utilizes a two-sensor system (left and right side of the cabin) that allows a farm operator to monitor plant conditions and apply fertilizer and other inputs only as needed. Click here to read the full press release.

11/18/2009 1:25 PMGPS; Variable Rate Technology; Sensor Technology
  
The calls have been released for the 2010 Southern Region SARE Producer Grants and 2010 Southern Region SARE On-Farm Research Grants. Proposals for both programs aredue by November 15, 2009. Southern SARE Producer Grants are only open to farmers and/or ranchers or producer organizations. Southern SARE On-farm Research Grants are open to Extension, NRCS and NGO personnel who work with farmers. While all SARE proposals must promote agricultural practices that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for rural communities, these two grant programs have identified nine broad focus areas. Proposals are invited that address: soil health, beneficial insect habitat, alternative crops/livestock, organic agriculture, marketing, sustainable grazing systems, improving the sustainability of existing farming practices, appropriate technology, and agroforestry. Full information and instructions can be found by clicking here.
9/10/2009 8:53 AM
  
The 2009 Conservation Stewardship Program through NRCS includes enhancement activities focused on precision agriculture. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining and managing existing conservation activities. Enhancement activities for precision agriculture include controlled traffic systems, nutrient applications, targeted spray applications and automation of irrigations systems. For a full list of CSP
Enhancement Activities click here.
9/10/2009 8:51 AM
  
Several types of DGPS correction services are available to civilian users in Alabama. A newly released publication,written by Auburn University Biosystems Engineering research engineer Daniel Mullenix,provides an overview of correction services available in Alabama including WAAS, Coast Guard Beacon, John Deere Starfire System, OmniSTAR, RTK and CORS network solutions. To read the publication click here.
9/10/2009 8:45 AM
  

Alabama Cooperative Extension System faculty Dr. Kathy Flanders, Dr. Brenda Ortiz and Dr. Ayanava Majumdar visited the Punjab Agricultural University in India on an international agricultural study visit. The team visited facilities and discussed programs including agriculture meteorology, site-specific management techniques for precision agriculture, IPM programs, virus/vector/disease experiments, grain storage, organic farming and vegetable production. To read the complete press release from PAU click here.

9/10/2009 8:39 AM
  
The AWEP program promotes ground and surface water conservation and improves water quality by helping farmers and ranchers implement agricultural water enhancement activities. AWEP is a new part of the EQIP financial assistance cost-share program for farmers. For more information click here.
8/19/2009 10:43 AM
  
Farmers are increasingly using social networks to communicate with other farmers and those in the ag industry. Social networking also offers an avenue for producers to provide an education  on the importance of agricultural production. Click here to read "Twittering from the Tractor".
8/18/2009 7:34 PM
  
On March 2-3, 2009, the Precision Ag Team conducted a series of meetings in Southwest Alabama in which farmers were asked to provide information about their adoption of various precision agriculture technologies. Graphical results from the needs assessment can be seen here.
8/18/2009 7:33 PM
  
SST Software and Raven Industries have formed a strategic alliance to provide customers with simple, more efficient ways to move and manage information for the precision agriculture market. The first of these solutions will be the integration of SST’s AgX Platform into Raven’s field computers such as the Viper Pro and Envizio Pro. Click here to read the complete press relesase.
8/18/2009 7:32 PM
  
Trimble announced July 17th that it has acquired the assets of privately-held CTN Data Service, LLC, creator of Farm Works software. The acquisition is expected to accelerate Trimble's information management capabilities and offer agricultural customers significant new capabilities in their precision farming operations. To view the complete press reslease click here.
8/18/2009 7:32 PM