Precision Ag Summit to focus on data, UAS

FARGO, N.D. -- The fourth annual Precision Agriculture Summit will be held Jan. 19 and 20 at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown, N.D.

FARGO, N.D. - The fourth annual Precision Agriculture Summit will be held Jan. 19 and 20 at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown, N.D.

Ryan Aasheim says this year’s topics and speakers were chosen based on interest surveys from last year’s participants. Currently, there are 210 registered guests for the event, and registration is expected to hit 250.

Aasheim says data management, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), sensors and imaging are the topics of interest to most attendees this year.

For information on the event, or to register, visit . Pre-registration is encouraged. The cost is $60 per day or $100 for both days.

Jan. 19


8:45 a.m.: Registration.

9:30 a.m.: Ken Sudduth, president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture, with “Technology Trends in Precision Agriculture.”

10:45 a.m.: “Active Optical Sensors for use in Directing in-season Nitrogen Rates,” panel discussion with panelists Kale Glynn, ag leader of technology for OptRx; Nathan Shaw, Titan Machinery and Trimble; and Alex Burge of Topcon Precision Agriculture and CropSpec.

1 p.m.: “Economics of Precision Ag,” Brian Watkins, Watkins Farm, Kenton, Ohio, with real world discussion of technology returns.

1:30 p.m.: “Using Soil Technology to Make Decisions” with Fabian Fernandez, University of Minnesota soil scientist.

2:15 p.m.: “Production Ag Robotics,” with panelists Alexander Frick, Center for Advanced Turf Technology; Ben Chostner, vice president of business development for Blue River Technology; and Eric Miller, Mack Robotics, Inc. and BIN Bot Inc.

3:30 p.m.: “Crop Data Management,” with Joe Luck, with the University of Nebraska’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering.

4:00 p.m.: “Telematics - Real Time Data Management” with officials from John Deere, Case-IH and Myriad Mobile officials, with an eye toward future developments.


4:45 p.m.: Unmanned Aircraft performance measures, Wayne Woldt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jan. 20

7:45 a.m.: Continental breakfast, registration.

8:15 a.m.: UAS Ag Research Innovations with John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University Extension ag machine systems specialist, and Ian MacRae, University of Minnesota, Northwest Research and Outreach Center.

8:45 a.m.: “Identifying Crop Stress using RGB, NDVI and multi-spectral sensor and software,” with Kris Paulson, vice president for agriculture for Sentera.

9:15 a.m.: “Geo-localization and Mosaicing Systems (GEMS) multi-spectral sensor and software,” with Steve Ernst of Sentek Systems.

9:45 a.m.: “Applying UAS Cameras, Sensors and NDVI Technology to Agriculture,” David Burchfield, applied research associate for RoboFlight Systems.

10:45 a.m.: Using UAS to make decisions - Don Larson, Grand Forks, N.D., farmer.


11:30 a.m.: “Processing Options and Requirement for UAS-Acquired Imagery,” David Dvorak from Field of View.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Break-out session for 20 registrants who have pre-registered. Joe Luck shows attendees how to use laptop computers to manipulate farm data and field mapping.

1:00 p.m.: Equipment modifications for in-season crop fertilizer, with John Nowatzki.

1:30 p.m.: “Cleaning up Yield Maps,” with Preston Sundeen, Lake Region State College Dakota Precision Ag Center.

2:30 p.m.: UAS briefing and QuadCopter Demo, with Paul Gunderson, Dakota Precision Ag Center at Lake Region State College.

Mikkel Pates is an agricultural journalist, creating print, online and television stories for Agweek magazine and Agweek TV.
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