Farm Tech What is your favorite technology you use on your farm and why? Do you use technology to elevate your natural ag strengths and/or push you to improve your weaker ag skills? This AgChat conversation on farm technology tackles these and other questions.
The University of Missouri awarded the $50,000 Mizzou Advantage grant to Dr. Teng Teeh Lim to develop a computer model as a tool to help large producers understand the amount of their emissions and what they can do to address odor or emission issues.
"Measurement of emissions in the field can be very costly, very tedious to conduct and requires such hard work, set up and equipment maintenance for forever changing pollutants and exhaust from such facilities," Dr. Teng Teeh Lim [University of Missouri Extension researcher] said.
The computer model will be available on line late in 2011.
How can mobile help in ag? How much time do you spend on your mobile devices? Do you ever scan QR codes to access more info from retailers or suppliers in advertising? Mobile technology was the focus of this recent AgChat conversation.
The UC Davis' Disease BioPortal is a realtime disease surveillance suite that can help researchers understand and track the issues around human and animal disease outbreaks.
The dynamics that foster disease emergence and transmission world-wide continue to expand in complexity and scope, thus creating unprecedented new challenges to solving local, regional, and global problems of animal and human health and to mitigating their social, economic, and political consequences.
New Tech Tricks & Tips Staying up on technology is sometimes a job by itself! This AgChat conversation highlights some tools, ideas, and resources to stay ahead. Special Guest Gina Schreck brings perspective on approaches to technology use.
Being able to mentally manage multiple plots of land, their associated soil properties, and the weather is no longer possible. However, the availability of computing power in multiple consumable sizes makes gathering, organizing, and using farm data much easier.
"I don't want to do this. My eyes will get bad," said Mr. Shinpuku, the 58-year-old president of his commercial farm Shinpuku Seika, which is comprised of 300 different plots of land. "I put up with it, because the benefits are obvious. Without this computer, I can't do my job."
Technology provides faster analysis and presentation of multiple forms of data. This allows Mr. Shinpuku to adjust in a timely fashion. This approach will help grow more food at less cost.
The Japanese technology firm Fujitsu Ltd helped put in the field remote sensors, provide cloud based analysis tools, and simplify access to information through smartphones.
More and more farmers, growers, and producers will pickup a smartphone as they trade in their old phones. How would a grower use a smartphone application, or 'app' as they are called? Immediate uses include general information tools, like weather, news, or finance. Many of the smartphones ship with these types of applications pre-installed. Other uses include specialized seed and soil calculators, ag news, and subscription ag management tools.
Josh St. Peters(@jstpeters) explains some of the approaches Pioneer Hi-Bred uses to connect with customers, partners, and interested groups. Mobile devices are key to shortening the cycle to get information to customers and educate FFA students. Josh also talks about the ever changing hardware/tools and how to work through those changes.