Precision farming conference set

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Interested in a new GPS guidance system for your tractors? Want to know how you can save money on aerial spraying with variable rate applications? Trying to find out how to get more use out of that yield monitor on your picker or combine?

If you've been wondering about these or other precision farming topics, the new InfoAg Conference in Tunica, Miss., Feb. 7-9, may be just what the doctor ordered to ease your technology anxieties.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Agronomic Research and the Potash and Phosphate Institute, the InfoAg Conference will include a number of presentations on site-specific soil and crop management technology, information management and communications for Southern farmers and rural communities.

The Tunica meeting marks the first in the South for the InfoAg Conference, which has been held in the Midwest for several years. It is also being presented by Mississippi State University and the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants.

?We believe this conference can help increase awareness among growers and their advisers about the potential ? and the challenges ? of applying precision farming technology and information management tools to their operations,? says Harold F. Reetz Jr., president of the Foundation for Agronomic Research.

The meeting program, which can be seen at, will open with a presentation by Charles Hill, associate director of the GeoResources Institute at Mississippi State, on ?Opportunities in Technology for the South, and close with a panel discussion featuring cotton producers Kenneth Hood of Gunnison, Miss., and Larkin Martin of Courtland, Ala.

In between will be numerous presentations by producers, university researchers and Extension specialists from Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee, crop consultants and industry representatives.

Among the topics:

Guidance and auto-steer technology. Will you be farming with robots soon?

Precision pest management.

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