Farmer Networking to Direct Precision Ag Technologies Toward Sustainability
By networking, farmers can pool expertise, equipment and technology to incorporate precision agricultural techniques into sustainable agricultural operations.
Objectives: To develop a network to broaden the base and technical competencies of farmers in precision agriculture and incorporate pest and crop scouting data into managment decisions. Eight producers attended a workshop on “farm works” computer software. A yield monitor calibration training session was held during wheat harvest and members of the group attended various precision agricultural workshops and hsared with others. Producers also arranged meetings with local business people, Natural Resourcs Conservation Service and Extension personnel, private consultuants and implement dealers.
Results: In addtion to the knowledge and expertise gained by individual growers, the Michigan Department of Agriculture recommended funding for the group to continue work in nitrogen and pesticide management.