Precision agriculture is becoming the norm on farms throughout South Dakota. The technology trend is increasing yields and dollars on the farm and isn't going to fade any time soon said, Gregg Carlson, Professor of Plant Science at South Dakota State University.

"Bottomline, precision agriculture is the way we farm today and are going to farm into the future. It's the way we'll farm because it makes us money," said Carlson, who has researched and provided information on the technology for more than 30 years. "What we call precision agriculture today will become conventional farming in the near future."

Carlson and other experts in the field of precision agriculture will host two precision agriculture conferences in 2014. The Precision Ag Conference in Aberdeen February 12, 2014 and the Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference March 18-19, 2014 in Sioux Falls.

New & Emerging Technologies Details

Held Feb. 12 in Aberdeen at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall (1400 8th Avenue NW), the Precision Ag Conference, focused on new and emerging technologies, begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

The conference features the following speakers; Katie Oliver, High Yield Consulting; Jason Warrington, New Horizon Ag Tech; Brent Weisenburger, SD Wheat Growers; Mark Rosenberg, SDSU Extension agronomy/weeds field specialist; Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension climate field specialist; Kim Dillivan, SDSU Extension crops business management field specialist; Mary O'Neill, manager of remote sensing (retired), Water Resources Institute at SDSU; Kevin Price, Kansas State University; Djamel Khali, South Dakota Wheat Growers agronomy logistics manager; Christopher Haak, technical director, AgIntegrated, Inc.; and Gregg Carlson, SDSU professor of plant science.

Speakers will cover the following topics: elevation data - LiDAR, NED, and more; small unmanned aircraft systems (drones) technology and applications in agriculture; theories and realities—ISOBUS in agriculture; cloud computing in agriculture; and industry update sessions by Ag Leader, John Deere, Trimble, CNH and Precision Planting.

Speaker Bios

Mary O'Neill worked 41 years at SDSU, she was involved in a variety of applied research, development and outreach programs involving the geospatial technologies of remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and geographic information systems (GIS). In an adjunct role, O’Neill also taught remote sensing and GIS courses for the SDSU Department of Geography. She holds a BS degree in mathematics and an MS degree in geography.

Kevin Price has worked at KSU since 2008 as a remote sensing/GIS specialist with advanced degrees in range science and many years of experience in using these technologies for cropland monitoring. Research interests include biogeography, landscape ecology, remote sensing, geographic information systems and resource management.

Djamel Khali graduated from Minnesota West in Granite Falls in Robotics and Flexible Automation. He has worked as a robotics technician, and the electrical manager of Dakota Fluid Power's Electrical OEM division. In 2011, he started Ally Precision Industries and developed a fully ISOBUS Precision Ag Suite. He currently works at South Dakota Wheat Growers as the Agronomy Logistics Manager.

Christopher Haak graduated from Penn State with a degree in Meteorology and Engineering Mechanics and is a partner and director of technology and enterprise architecture at AgIntegrated, an independent ag technology consulting and development firm. Over the course of his career, Haak has led the architecture and development of numerous precision ag data management solutions including the first web -based precision ag software. Through these experiences, Haak developed a comprehensive understanding of agricultural processes, functions, and interactions.

This conference is sponsored by; DirtTech, RDO Equipment, Titan Machinery, RxVrt Providers, North Central Farmers/Prescription, Agronomics, Raven Industries, Applied Agronomics, MZB Technologies, Precision Planting of SD, Erdmann Custom Fertilizing, Rural Tower Network, South Dakota Wheat Growers, Wilbur Ellis, Precision Ag Solutions, LLC., IntelliAir, Trimble Navigation, Precision Soil Management, Dakota Broadcasting and SDSU Extension.

Registration is $30 with checks payable to 2014 Precision Ag Conference, and mailed to SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center, 13 2nd Ave. SE, Aberdeen, SD 5740. NOTE: Weather cancellations will be announced on Dakota Country 105.5 and KABD FM 107.7.

For more information, contact Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, at laura.edwards@sdstate.edu or at the Aberdeen Regional Extension Center at 605-626-2870.

Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference

The 2014 South Dakota State University Precision Agriculture Conference is set for March 18 and 19 in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

The two-day event will feature sessions at which agriculture producers, industry members and the general public can learn about the latest developments and technologies that lead to the best possible yields.

The Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference will include discussion on management techniques to increase the corn yields of every Western Belt Corn field by 40 bushels per acre. South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension and industry experts will provide practical guidance for optimizing yields. Opportunities to network with industry sponsors will be provided.

Each day will consist of sessions that focus on GSI mapping, new technology systems and above all, planting.

"All sessions are geared toward giving information that can be used in personal operations to improve decision-making, understand new technologies and boost yields," said Graig Reicks, SDSU Extension research associate with the SDSU Plant Science Department.

Admission is $35. Advance registration is not required but highly recommend; meals will be provided. To learn more, contact Graig Reicks, Research Associate, SDSU Plant Science Department at 605-688-5105 or Precision Agriculture Conference Manager Les Slunecka at 605-261-2474 or lslunecka@msn.com.