August 2017 Conference Agenda
Monday, August 28, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 am
8:30 – 8:45 am
8:45 – 9:30 am
Conference Kickoff: Precision Agriculture and the Struggle For Value
Jeremy W. Wilson – Technology Specialist, Crop IMS LLC
As a farmer, long-time crop consultant, and fierce advocate of technology-driven best practices, Wilson has had a front-row seat for many of agriculture’s grandest victories, most colossal failures, and everything in between. In this session, Wilson shares his experiences with trying to create value through precision, his perspective on what growers require, and what we the industry must do to advance the cause.
9:30 – 10:00 am
Retail Technology Use and the State of Precision
Bruce Erickson – Purdue University
Fresh off the completion of the biennial Purdue University/CropLife® Magazine Precision Technology Adoption Survey, the longest continuously running research project of its kind in North America, Purdue’s Dr. Bruce Erickson shares insights into the challenges and opportunities retailers and service providers are experiencing as they look to build, expand and create value in their precision agronomy offerings.
10:00 – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Pillars of a Successful Precision Program
Nicholas Uilk – Ag Systems Technology Instructor, South Dakota State University
Nick Uilk, professor at South Dakota State University, home of the country’s first four-year degree in precision agriculture, leads a presentation and panel discussion focused on the essential elements of a profitable and value-driven precision agronomy program. Utilization of data is one of the main pillars, featuring specific examples of how data has been used to prove ROI to growers and help cooperatives and dealerships show farmers value in the equipment they own and the programs they pay for.
Clint Sires – InSiteCDM lead, Ag Partners in Albert City, IA
Jason Leary – Precision Agriculture Specialist, Crystal Valley Coop, Crystal Lake, MN
Brent Wiesenberger – Precision Agriculture Manager, Wheat Growers, Aberdeen, SD
Dan Lucas – Precision Agronomy Specialist, AgriVision Equipment, Hamburg, IA
12:00 – 1:15 pm
1:15 – 2:00 pm
Leading technology organizations share details about technology and product innovation at their companies.
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Pillars of Value: Maximizing Your Precision Offerings
Dr. John Fulton – The Ohio State University
Dr. Fulton and his team at Ohio State are digging deep into practices that go above and beyond simply writing up seed and fertilizer recommendations. Fulton’s presentation will cover current and emerging value-centric practices include university work on fertilizer placement, and more robust seeding recommendations. Dr. Fulton will also cover “smart scouting,” a more informed approach to field scouting that incorporates crop evaluation and soil status.
The post-presentation panel discussion will address the needs and struggles of retailers and service providers in delivering value to growers via a precision program, including the following:
- Sustainability and environmental reporting for grain marketing, or providing for a farmer to market their commodity
- Using data for field-level profit evaluation
- Benchmarking – both agronomic and business
- Availability of “Decision-Ready” data. Even visualization of data in a timely fashion remains an issue
- Developing a digital strategy for the farmer that also provides value to the business
3:30 – 3:50 pm
3:50 – 5:00 pm
Workshop: Creating Value From Imagery
It’s no secret that service providers are largely frustrated in their efforts to incorporate imagery into their precision agronomy value program. For years, the promise of a locked-in decision-making tool has fallen short for a variety of reasons. In this session, experts provide the background on what imagery is available, what it can do, and just as importantly, what are its limitations. Retail panelists, in conjunction with the audience, will have a chance to weigh in on what they need and expect from imagery, and work toward developing a path forward for service providers – and the use of imagery as an industry.
5:00 – 6:30 pm
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