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Microsoft, Others Combine to Push Rural Broadband Solutions

Microsoft, which has been pushing the use of TV white spaces to close the rural broadband divide, has joined with C Spire, Airspan Networks, Nokia and Siklu to form a coalition of the willing to come up with a "disruptive blueprint to close the adoption gap." The consortium will use Mississippi and Alabama as testbeds for driving affordable internet access and drive adoption. The consortium is launching under something of a cone of silence. C Spire said that the rural broadband effort will launch with a workshop in New Orleans Jan. 29-31 that will be closed to ...

10 EXCEPTIONAL EXTENSION SPECIALISTS

2019 Strategic Action Plans for Kansas Agricultural Growth

In Kansas, there are 46,137,295 acres of farmland, which accounts for 88 percent of all Kansas land. More than 21 million acres in Kansas are harvested for crops and over 16 million acres serve as pastureland for grazing animals. In addition to growing crops and raising livestock, the Kansas agricultural sector includes renewable energy production, food processing, research and education, agribusiness, technology, entrepreneurship, and many value-added enterprises. Between Columbia, Missouri, and Manhattan, Kansas, sits the single largest concentration of animal health interests in the world. Kansas farmers and ranchers make a global impact, exporting over $3.6 billion in agricultural products. The leading Kansas agricultural exports ...

3 REASONS WHY DES MOINES IS BECOMING A TECH HUB

A Case for Rural Broadband

In January 2018, the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity summarized initial findings on how to promote agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life in rural America. The Report identified Achieving e-Connectivity in Rural America as a central pillar to do so. President Donald Trump led the way by creating the American Broadband Initiative, which reflects the work of his Cabinet to support the private sector’s expansion of rural broadband and effectively steward Federal tax dollars in that partnership. This ...

A CASE FOR RURAL BROADBAND Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies

This analysis opens the next chapter in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) response to this Call to Action. It is intended to convey highlevel and broad concepts about the potential benefits of connected agriculture technologies to policymakers, industry leaders, and all who are affected by the lack of high-speed Internet service in rural areas that is inhibiting greater productivity and profitability for small producers, stifling American innovation, and undermining potential advancements in food security, food safety, and environmental sustainability.   For the purposes of this report, Next Generation Precision Agriculture can be considered an interdisciplinary science ...

A CASE FOR RURAL BROADBAND Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies

This analysis opens the next chapter in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) response to this Call to Action. It is intended to convey highlevel and broad concepts about the potential benefits of connected agriculture technologies to policymakers, industry leaders, and all who are affected by the lack of high-speed Internet service in rural areas that is inhibiting greater productivity and profitability for small producers, stifling American innovation, and undermining potential advancements in food security, food safety, and environmental sustainability.   For the purposes of this report, Next Generation Precision Agriculture can be considered an interdisciplinary science ...

A new approach to broadband connectivity - Good Video Overview of Airband

This page has more about Airband, but the video about one scroll down on the page provides a good overview of the Airband initiative and technology.  (no direct link availble)   The whitepapers and FAQs on this page are also helpful in describing TVWS and other technologies. 

Aaron Porter

Ag Innovation Showcase

Ag Innovation Showcase (AIS) provides an intimate venue for industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs to form relationships and engage in substantive discussions that will enable innovative solutions coming to market for consumer, social, commercial, and environmental benefit.  We invite speakers, sponsors, early-stage companies, and other stakeholders in food and agriculture innovation to network with each other to address today’s questions and develop tomorrow’s solutions for feeding the planet.   The common theme across the 10-year span of AIS has been to explore global and national issues related to soil health, food production, food sustainability, food waste ...

AG RETAILER CREATES TECH PLATFORM TAILORED TO GROWERS

John Blackwell wants a progressive, future-focused ag retailer who can make it easier to understand new products and services that may benefit his family’s Larned, Kansas, operation.  

Agri-TechE visit 3/2020

Agri-Tech East is the UK's leading membership organisation for agri-tech, bringing together farmers researchers and tech developers to accelerate innovation. 

AgriDry (GSI / AGCO)

Alex Clark

Allen Below

Amber Ag

Company Info: https://www.amber.ag Claim: “Powered by a pellet - INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FIRST KERNEL-LIKE GRAIN SENSOR” Home Office:  Chicago, Illinois Phone:  401-307-3737 (Lucas Frye) Related Product Info.: These guys have promoted a throw-in sensor but continue to not market the technology. Would see if they are running pilots on these if you like. wireless sensors transmits back to app idea is to track grain through supply chain “Amber Agriculture technology is rolled out in batches over time.”

American Robotics - Scout

American Robotics Website

Andy Clay

Anote

Another trading app/platform. Not too impressed, but seemed to have at least considered the business model…not just the technology. Herman (helped others with their pitch) Trade in grains has not changed too much – by phone – not efficient Market place connects farmers with buyers, exporters, oil producers, add photos, quality info, etc. Move to US When sale is complete all negotiation remain saved what was discussed Registration is free If close business 0.05% of amount of business – is revenue to anote Get brokers out of the way

Argentinian agtech startup plots expansion into St. Louis

Argentinian agtech startup plots expansion into St. Louis By Nathan Rubbelke – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal Jun 27, 2019, 1:22pm CDT An Argentinian agtech startup has plans to open a lab in St. Louis, making it the latest company from the South American country to be recruited to the region. Bioheuris will mark its first international location with the firm's expansion into St. Louis. The startup is based in Rosario, Argentina, a sister city of St. Louis. Bioheuris, which develops herbicide-resistant technologies in crops, plans to begin operations in St. Louis later this year. “I think St. Louis is ...

Augmenta Field Analyzer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZAKWDjkQ38&feature=youtu.be   6-1-20 .(CC w/ Jim & Kyle). .. they are approaching it not as a trial but as an early sale of the product/service, so the cost would be significant.  They will send details in writing, but on 500 acres, they are proposing $10K for the equipment and $2/A, plus $1,000 for installation.  The $2/a would cover multiple passes on the same acre, if desired.  Higher acre committments would lower the upfront cost of the equipment & installation, but the per acre fee would stay the same.&...

Blake Gerard

Blake Hurst

Blue River Technology

Building smart farm machines to manage crops at a plant-level Today, the best practice is to treat all plants as if they have the same needs. See & Spray changes this paradigm, empowering growers to make every individual plant count at scale. Using computer vision and artificial intelligence, Blue River Tech.'s  smart machines can detect, identify, and make management decisions about every single plant in the field.

Brad Young

Brewer Science

Brewer Science is utilizing its electronics expertise to help speed up your next-generation technology innovation. We have the ability to be a full-service electronics design provider for all of your electronics needs. Offering everything from traditional printed circuit boards (PCB) design to flexible-hybrid electronics (FHEs) and all the firmware development in between, Brewer Science has you covered..

Brian Marshall

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN MOUNTAINOUS RURAL MARYLAND

Success story case study on Garrett County Maryland

Broadband Data Validation and Demand Aggregation in Indiana

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced in September 2018 the five communities that were being awarded a pilot broadband planning grant to “help gain an understanding of their current broadband conditions and needs, create a long-term broadband plan in their community, and identify options for achieving that vision.” The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) was tapped to provide technical assistance to these five communities.   While a detailed description of the technical assistance activities provided by PCRD is beyond the scope of this paper, one critical type of support provided was collecting and analyzing ...

Broadband Mapping Initiative Report

Pilot project in better mapping of rural broadband access and need. Pilot in Missouri and Virginia. Report shared by Tim Arbeiter 9/25/2019. 

Broadband Now

INTERNET ACCESS IN HILLSBORO, ILLINOIS The average download speed in Hillsboro is 44.23 Mbps. This is 40.3% slower than the average in Illinois and 40.2% slower than the national average. There are 11 internet providers in Hillsboro with 8 of those offering residential service. Hillsboro is the 319th most connected city in Illinois ahead of Benld, Gillespie, and Mount Olive, but behind Nokomis and Litchfield. 43% of Hillsboro residents are still severely limited in wired broadband choices. Almost 95% of consumers in Illinois have access to a wired connection with true broadband speeds faster than 25mbps. Illinois ...

Broadband Now - Wisper ISP

Wisper ISP offers internet access in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Fixed wireless internet from Wisper ISP is available to an estimated 2.4 million people, making it the 20th largest residential fixed wireless provider in the U.S. by coverage area.   In addition to fixed wireless broadband, Wisper ISP also offers DSL and fiber internet service. Its DSL service is available to approximately 10,000 people Its fiber service is available to businesses in 2 zip codes.

Call notes from 9/25/2019: Tim Arbeiter

9/25/19 Call with Tim and Luke   Tim discussed his role. 3 things:  get broadband grant up and running ($5M sunsets at end of 2021) 2 grant rounds at most.  guiding document for broadband plan. - need to get regional plan, - support regional planning, - broadband piece as a part of existing strategy USDE Phase I Ag Precision Reach Study. - equipment, Phase II roll it out> - savings and efficiencies because of broadband activities, - spectrum of broadband connectivity vs. pencil and paper, Extension to see that thru (IND too - reference Industry study how to do comparable.) Quantification ...

Can better broadband and big data save rural America?

Article on rural broadband (dated 10/19/2019)

Centaur

Leveraging global post-harvest expertise and military-grade technology into agriculture, Centaur’s grain monitoring system watches over the entire grain mass for any quality problems - including in the center of the bin and all areas prone to hotspots. Remotely monitor grain storage assets Minimize risk of premium losses due to quality More efficient use of time Reduced electricity costs for aeration Achieve premium pricing with identity preservation Peace of mind

Chairman Pai Names Working Group Chairs and Vice Chairs of Precision Agriculture Task Force

Media Contact: Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253 mark.wigfield@fcc.gov   For Immediate Release   CHAIRMAN PAI NAMES WORKING GROUP CHAIRS AND VICE CHAIRS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE TASK FORCE First Task Force Meeting Scheduled for Monday, December 9 at the FCC -- WASHINGTON, December 6, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced the leadership of the four working groups that will support the work of the FCC’s new Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture. The Task Force will hold its first meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9 in the Commission Meeting Room ...

Chris Heins

Chuck Miller

Clarissa Cauthorn

CommoditAg Names New CEO

CommoditAg, an e-commerce business in ag retail, has named John Demerly as its second CEO since launching in 2017. Demerly joins CommoditAg from Corteva AgriScience. CommoditAg has nine partner retailers across Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The business offers online purchasing of crop inputs fulfilled by a retailer partner warehouse. “We are proud to partner with progressive ag retailers and provide another option for farmers in how they choose to buy their inputs,” Demerly says.  Demerly gives these three priorities as he assumes the new leadership role on Sept. 1:  Expand ...

Conducting On-Farm Research

Connect Americans Now

Today, 34 million Americans lack an affordable and reliable broadband connection. Of these, 19.4 million live in rural areas. This digital divide means they are unable to take advantage of economic, health and educational opportunities that exist in other connected communities.   It’s time to eliminate the rural digital divide – and we can do it by utilizing a model that includes fiber-based, satellite and wireless technologies, leveraging a range of frequencies including TV white spaces. By adopting a solution that brings a wide array of stakeholders to the table, we can connect millions of Americans in a cost-effective manner. &...

Continuum Ag

THE PROBLEM Quantifiable soil health data and standards are lacking. This gap creates uncertainty in how to achieve soil improvements and perpetuates lack of upside for growers.  If standardized and benchmarked, soil health can provide a foundation for farm productivity, land value, crop premiums, and sustainable sourcing. THE SOLUTION Continuum Ag’s software imports soil data from many different sources and converts to universal format so that it can then benchmark metrics such as nutrients, organic matter, and CO2 for different geographies, soil types, and cropping systems.  Not only does this capability quantify soil health, it identifies ...

Corvin Shoen

Croplife 100

Croplife 100 - MFA

Dan Mulch

Mulch Farms // Wyffels Hybrids Rep

Dan White

Daniel Eddy

Danny Klinefelter

Danny Klinefelter's faculty page at Texas A&M University. 

Darin Rosenthal

David Mulch

Drew Lock

EAGIC FAQ's

What is EAGIC? EAGIC stands for Early Adopter Grower Innovation Community. The EAGIC project provides a pathway for farmers to drive innovation in production agriculture.    The EAGIC project wants to cultivate a new pathway for innovation to get to the farm. Rather than farmers having to sort through the growing myriad of options pushed at them, we want to talk with farmers and find out what their needs are and then find potential solutions to those needs and help test them on the farm.   How does it work? We recognize that farmers are already a central figure ...

Envirologix

Vomitoxin contamination harms farms, feed, and grain mills by reducing productivity, compromising quality, and creating food safety risks. Vomitoxin testing is important in the field because Fusarium flourishes in soil. If it is not detected in the field, the contamination will prevail in storage and withstand basic food processing. Fusarium infections look different depending on the plant it infects. For barley, Fusarium appears as a brown discoloration at the base of the glumes. On wheat, it appears as a pink or reddish mold on the glumes and kernels. On corn, a pink or reddish mold appears on the tip of ...

Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture

What Is the Issue? How and whether farm managers decide to adopt new technologies is complex, but most account for the full costs and benefits of the proposed investment. Precision agriculture (PA) technologies require a significant investment of capital and time, but may offer cost savings and higher yields through more precise management of inputs. Until the early 2000s, the adoption rate of different PA technologies varied up to 22 percent across major U.S. field crops. After that time, adoption of some technologies began to outpace others. Yield mapping via Global Positioning System (GPS) grew faster for corn and soybeans ...

Farmers File Prevent Plant on More Than 19 Million Acres

This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began releasing the report in 2007, the agency noted in a press release.  ( Farm Journal ) Amid an onslaught of report data Monday, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued their first release of prevented plant data. This information which is gathered from local FSA offices in the form of acreage certification reports, will be updated throughout the remainder of the growing season. Still the initial release shows farmers were unable to plant more than 19.4 million acres in 2019.  This marks the most prevented plant acres ...

FCC Fixed Broadband Deployment Map

Fixed Broadband Deployment This application provides a visualization of the residential fixed broadband deployment data collected on FCC Form 477. Facilities-based providers of broadband service report Form 477 data in June and December each year. For more information about Form 477, to download the data, or to see reports generated from the dataset, please refer to the links at right.   Providers report fixed-broadband deployment data at the census block level. Form 477 data are reported using 2010 Census blocks. Providers may not offer service to every home in every block in which they report service. The calculations used to create the graphs treat every ...

First startups named for Danforth Center/Wells Fargo agtech incubator

Gar Tootelian: Putting Ag Technology to the Test

Garrett Riekhof

GlobalSTL Ag-Food Shopping List

Grain Probe - GrainPatrol

GrainViz (GSI / AGCO)

System Features: View real-time complete moisture content of every bushel Identify the exact weight of the crop in your bin Integrate data with existing precision agriculture platforms 24/7 portal access including SMS updates (text alerts) and email notification Receive live value predictions based on local pricing information Save money on energy costs through optimized conditioning (moisture readings combined with local weather station data) Avoid the risk of drying on the field through your ability to control conditioning Accuracy of drying allows for weeks of earlier harvest Grain quality improvement as a result of harvesting earlier Higher protein and oil percentages These ...

Grower InSight Website

This website talks about a system for doing a tech audit with growers or ag retailers. Includes access to questions in the survey for each group. 

Growers Share Their View of the Future of Precision Agriculture

We asked growers, how advanced are you now, and how advanced do you envision your farm getting, i.e. do you see robots, artificial intelligence, or other more advanced technology in your farm’s future?

GROWMARK Teams Up with Solinftec to Increase Farm Efficiency

GROWMARK, Inc. has announced its partnership with global ag-tech leader Solinftec on digital solutions. The partnership will help FS member companies become more efficient in their operations to cover more acres a day, which will ultimately help growers get their fields applied faster and more accurately. “Solinftec has proven to be successful with large growers in Brazil and our footprint is similar,” said Lance Ruppert, director of agronomy marketing technology for GROWMARK. “They are hands on and pragmatic in their approach which matches what we need for success. They also have hardware that works ...

Heather Hampton Knodle

How Connected are Our Farms?

Policymakers are typically aware of the discrepancy in broadband availability and adoption between rural and urban areas. The latest data from the National Broadband Map (NBM) suggests that while 100% of urban residents have access to at least one wired broadband provider, only 78% of rural residents do (National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA), 2014). This has significant implications for rural households and businesses, and the issue has received attention in the form of federal broadband grants and loans for rural populations (Kruger and Gilroy, 2013). However, one piece of the puzzle has been notably missing from discussions regarding rural broadband and future economic ...

How to Do Market Research: A 6-Step Guide

Learn how to conduct market research using primary and seconday research methods to identify your target customers and competitors. 

Innovative program gives ag startups a boost

InteliAgro

InteliAgro is another marketing platform. From what I gathered, in addition to connecting buyers and sellers, they plan to mine the data of how farmers make decisions…and I assume make money on knowing that information. Reduce risk Know all prices available Know work of crops – sell when price convenient for him See how neighbors are selling Data from market and farmers Create dashboards w/ KPI SaaS model Expansion: Argentina, Europe, Uruguay, Paraguay, RioFEX, Rosario futures exchange, TechnoCampo Locate local partners How farmers make decisions Get market data, not the futures market or CBT Free and premium model $25/...

Intrinsyx Bio

At Intrinsyx Bio, we are commercializing 3 decades of the leading academic research in the plant microbiome. Our endophytic microbes cause crop plants, grasses, ornamental plants, and trees to fix Nitrogen (N2) directly from the atmosphere into ammonia which helps improve nutrient use efficiency, supplement synthetic fertilizer requirements, and increase chlorophyll.  These microbes live in leaves, stems, roots and don't require a nodule.  Our endophyte microbes also mobilize insoluble phosphorus (P2) from soil into roots, as well as increased drought and salt tolerances.

Intrinsyx Bio

At Intrinsyx Bio, we are commercializing 3 decades of the leading academic research in the plant microbiome. Our endophytic microbes cause crop plants, grasses, ornamental plants, and trees to fix Nitrogen (N2) directly from the atmosphere into ammonia which helps improve nutrient use efficiency, supplement synthetic fertilizer requirements, and increase chlorophyll.  These microbes live in leaves, stems, roots and don't require a nodule.  Our endophyte microbes also mobilize insoluble phosphorus (P2) from soil into roots, as well as increased drought and salt tolerances.

Is St. Louis the Silicon Valley of Agtech?

Is St. Louis the Silicon Valley of Agtech? NOVEMBER 2, 2017 LOUISA BURWOOD-TAYLOR AND EMMA COSGROVE St. Louis has worked hard to be a magnet for Fortune 500 companies. Nine members of this elite class call the city home, not the least of which is multinational agricultural giant Monsanto. Walmart has more than 20,000 employees in St. Louis alone. Post Holding Co., which owns 24 of the most recognizable boxed cereal brands in the US, is based in the city and fast casual juggernaut Panera Bread is too. With these headquarters surrounded by nearly 100,000 farms — Missouri is a major production state for soybeans, pork, ...

It’s time for a new approach for mapping broadband data to better serve Americans

Jacob / Kimberly Jones

Jake Perino

Jason Kurtz

Jay Niemann

Justin Rone

Ken Dalenberg

Kenny Hulshof

Kent Shannon

Kevin Fennewald

Kevin Rosenbohm

Laboratory for intelligent agricultural decision support systems (LADS)

Lavie Bio

Improve food quality, agricultural sustainability and productivity through the introduction of microbiome based ag-biological products.   BETTER BY NATURE Better food for consumers with improved quality and health attributes. Better agriculture for a sustainable enviroment. Nature is the ultimate resource – we partner with the untapped potential of the microbiome.

Lt. Gov. Kehoe establishes food manufacturing task force

Map of Missouri Broadband Access

Map (no data files) for Missouri broadband access.  Missouri Broadband Access data from the latest American Community Survey which tries to refine the FCC maps Federal Broadband Datasets excellent slider map (split-pane) to see difference between FCC  Healthy Futures (hospitals and access) Location of hospitals (blue squares) and rating of access to primary care physicians Educational Access (schools and household access) shading is households with no internet as percentage, darker is higher percentage w/o

Map of Missouri Electric Cooperatives

There are 40 distribution cooperatives which provide electricity to individual homes, farms and businesses. Some of these co-ops are quite large while others may serve just one county. Missouri’s smallest electric cooperative has just over 2,000 member-owners while our largest has more than 40,000 members. Regardless of size, each operate in a similar fashion. Each member-owner has one vote at an annual membership meeting at which bylaws are approved and board members are elected. The board members, each a member of the cooperative, set policy for the co-op to direct day to day operations. For a printable map,&...

Marketing Research

An overview of Marketing Research.

MFA: Mainstreaming Precision Ag Services

Microsoft Airband: An annual update on connecting rural America

Updated 3/5/2020, this page discusses the project and its rollout.

Microsoft puts $1.5 million into farm project near Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 17, announced a $1.5 million, three-year investment into the Fargo-based tech firm Emerging Prairie to help build what Microsoft calls the farm of the future at Emerging Prairie’s Grand Farm project.   Among the dignitaries attending the event at the Microsoft campus in Fargo were North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Microsoft President Brad Smith and Barry Batcheller of Fargo, one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs in agricultural technology. Smith said the money will help develop a building at the project site, south of Fargo near the town of Horace, ...

Mike Rosenbohm

Mississippi Researchers, Aerial Applicators Looking At Drone Tech

Mississippi State University Geosystems Research Institute

Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019

37% of Americans now go online mostly using a smartphone, and these devices are increasingly cited as a reason for not having a high-speed internet connection at home

MSU - Argentina

MSU is within the main agribusiness companies in South America, dealing with grains and cattle productions, on own and investors’ farms, at the most important productive areas of the Mercosur Region. ARGENTINA – BRAZIL – PARAGUAY – URUGUAY     Agricultural Businesses We have a large experience leading with state of the art technology implementations to enhance the quality and productivity of the business, with a strong focus on the agri-systems efficiency and sustainability.

MU's Kent Shannon profiled as an “exceptional extension specialist”

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineer Kent Shannon was featured in the November 2017 issue of Successful Farming magazine, which profiles “10 Exceptional Extension Specialists(opens in new window).”

Multi-generation farm embraces technology

Neogen

Rapid tests for deoxynivalenol (a.k.a., DON and vomitoxin) from Neogen® can screen a wide variety of grain and grain product samples at 1 ppm, or provide fully quantitative results in the range of 25 to 250 ppb (high sensitivity test), or 0.25 to 5 ppm. Deoxynivalenol (DON) is most commonly produced by the pink mold Fusarium graminearum. DON, a member of the trichothecene family, is produced by fungi living on cereal commodities such as wheat, corn, barley and ensilages. The toxicological effects attributed to DON include: nausea (vomiting), feed refusal, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, immuno-suppression and blood disorders. Neogen provides several DON (...

Nesters

WE ARE THE FIRST AGTECH STARTUPS ENHANCER IN ARGENTINA, A COUNTRY FULL OF TALENT, CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURS.

OPI (Advanced Grain Storage Management)

OPI Blue Remote Grain Storage Management The future of grain storage management. Remote access to mobile or desktop devices—anywhere, anytime. Timely in-bin grain storage data will update directly to your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer with automatic 24/7 monitoring and alerts. Remote control of your fans, up to 80% reduction in run-time* Weather station integration assists with fan control. OPI’s weather station provides reliable information about the ambient temperature and relative humidity conditions and then calculates the Equilibrium Moisture Content. Hourly grain temperature and moisture readings. Grain inventory levels. Ability to view bins and multiple sites in a ...

Pivot-based artificial intelligence at work

Plastomics

Plastomics is a biotechnology startup using chloroplast genetic engineering to develop the next generation of high performing crops.

PowerPollen Website

Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force Meeting - March 2020

Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force Meeting - March 2020 MAR 25 2020 9:30 am EDT Online Only   At this meeting, the Task Force provided updates on Task Force administration; reviewed and discussed programs and policies relevant to the Task Force's duties; and discussed recent agricultural industry-wide events related to broadband deployment and precision agriculture technologies.   This meeting was held in a wholly electronic format in light of travel restrictions affecting members of the Task Force related to the ongoing increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The Task Force meeting was open to the public on the Internet via live ...

Precision Agriculture Technologies and Factors Affecting Their Adoption

Precision agriculture technologies are playing an increasing role in farm production. Precision technologies—such as tractor guidance systems using a global positioning system (GPS), GPS soil and yield mapping, and variable-rate input applications (VRT)—help farms gather information on changing field conditions to adjust production practices.

Precision Agriculture: Higher Profit, Lower Cost

Soybean growers are rapidly adopting precision technologies because they make their farming operations cost less, allowing them greater profit.

Precision farming technology ups and downs

The use of precision farming technologies have become standard operating procedure for many U.S. farming operations. While the efficiencies and per-acre savings they offer have been confirmed by research and growers alike, there remain barriers to overcome operating the sometimes not-so-user-friendly technologies.

Precision Planting

Soil Moisture Sensing - Adequate moisture is needed in the soil for a seed to germinate.  If the soil does not have enough moisture for a seed to germinate, it will take a rain shower to get enough moisture for that seed to germinate.  SmartFirmer measures and displays soil moisture in the cab so you can make adjustments to get seeds into adequate moisture. Organic Matter Sensing - In any field, there are multiple yield environments that are determined by differences in the field.  One of the foundations of these differences is the amount of organic ...

Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee

The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Program) furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.

Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program

Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the first round of funding is closed, and applications are currently under review. Follow one of the links below to learn more about the program.

SaliCrop

Unique Seed Treatment. SaliCrop utilizes a unique wet chemistry process that stimulates an Epi-Genetic reaction to salinity conditions at seed stages.  Non GM, anti A Biotic Stress (ABS) seeds treatments to grow well in high salinity soils or when irrigated with brackish water.   Looks like it would be a good tool for high fertigation areas where salinity has built up to a point of diminishing crop growth.  Looks interesting and white papers were helpful. 

SCANTERRA

Satellite imaging company. My impression is that they figured out how to sell crop assessment information to big players: insurance, commodity processors. They have a niche, but I did not get the impression they had any magic processing capabilities with the standard satellite imagery. Solutions for big companies, farmers, research institutes Partner with other companies International developer group 3 solutions for companies and farmers Companies Agro empresa – platform Seguros – insurance Farmers Productivity – integrating data layers Riesgo – risks of each farm Reliemento – rent but not own Guostation – mobile for scouting, works offline, conditions, photos, video, measure ...

Skyway Grain Systems

The entire system consists of a hand-held monitor and SmartSnap cables. SmartSnap cables are the backbone of the StorMax Temperature Monitoring System. Each cable is equipped with its own unique address. This digital intelligence makes it possible to interconnect a large amount of cables for one stop data collection. The cables are easy to install because of the two-pin connector system. The cables snap together easliy with no wiring or special tools required. The cables are fully modular and can adapt to any storage configuration and still leave room for future expansion. The StorMax monitor collects all of the data ...

Snap A Photo, Estimate Corn Yield

Pioneer is launching the “Pioneer Corn Yield Estimator” to help farmers gather corn yield estimates faster and with a high level of accuracy. The tool uses machine learning to analyze kernels quickly and estimate yield based on kernel count, stand count and kernels per bu. Each sample requires a minimum number of pictures and angles and requires the husk silks to be removed (the ear doesn’t have to be removed from the stalk). The tool walks farmers through this process. “The creation of this tool is part of Pioneer’s larger efforts to advance ...

SoilOptix

The SoilOptix® scanner reads gamma rays emitted by the soil that provide a complex picture of its condition at 335 points per acre. Physical soil samples are integrated into our readings. SoilOptix® uses proprietary software to translate this information into high definition digital maps. The resulting data is VRA ready to maximize seeding and input performance.

SoilReader

  SoilReader is in the final stages of field accuracy and durability documentation and will be available for purchase in 2020. Pre-orders will be accepted soon.    

Steve Pitstick

TeleSense

TeleSense is leading the post-harvest data revolution. With our suite of advanced grain sensors, it is our mission to make grain storage profitable again by providing grain operators with actionable alerts about their stored grain, sent right to their smartphone or laptop through the TeleSense cloud-based app.   Company Info: https://www.telesense.com/sensor-balls Claim: “Leading the Agricultural Data Revolution” Home Office:  Sunnyvale, California, USA Phone: (833) 472-4600  Related Product Info.: the sensor balls seem to be close to what you were saying about tossing a sensor in with the grain as you load ...

The Critical Challenge of Learning Precision Agriculture New Skills: Grower Learning Groups and On-Farm Trials

Abstract A greater number of growers are adopting some aspects of precision agriculture (PA).  There is a very critical need to assist them in many ways.  The Precision Agriculture Center (PAC), University of Minnesota, is sponsoring grower learning groups (GLGs) dedicated to sharing knowledge of precision agriculture practices adn conducting on-farm experiments.  In collaboration with PAC outreach specialists, growers identified limiting factoring for crop yield, quality or water quality management and then ran experiments to test new management approaches.  In 2002, three GLGs were formed.  Meetings were organized in the winter and summer, field experiments were ...

The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers

List of articles for The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers.

The rural broadband divide: An urgent national problem that we can solve

Every day the world is becoming more digital. Cloud computing combined with new productivity, communication and intelligent tools and services enable us to do more, do it more quickly and in ways that were simply unimaginable a generation ago. But participating in this new era requires a high-speed broadband connection to the internet. While it’s a service that is as critical as a phone or electricity, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband is unavailable to roughly 25 million Americans, more than 19 million of which live in rural communities. That’s roughly the population of New York ...

Tim Seifert

RTS Farms

Tom Waters

TRI-STATES Grain Conditioning, Inc.

Grain temperature monitoring is critical. When grain goes out of condition, regardless of the cause, there is always an unusual change in temperature. Excessive moisture, high temperature, and poor grain condition (insects or damaged kernels) are generally considered the most important factors that lead to problems with stored grain. Monitoring the temperature of grain (watching for changing trends) on a regular basis gives the manager the best chance to make a correction when a temperature change is occurring, preserving good quality in grain. Knowing the temperature of the grain also makes it possible for the fans to be run only ...

TV White Spaces : FAQ and Engineering Best Practices

This technical document from Microsoft's Airband Initiative. This is intended for people who will setup the equipment and create the network. It also provides some background on business questions, but mostly focuses on the technology nuts and bolts. 

University of Missouri Extension

University of Missouri Extension

USDA Adds Flexibility for Cover Crop Management in Crop Year 2020

WASHINGTON DC, June 28, 2019 – The 2018 Farm Bill mandated changes to the treatment of cover crops for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, which add more flexibility to when cover crops must be terminated while remaining eligible for crop insurance. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) developed new guidelines and policy provisions to enact these changes, which will be available beginning with the 2020 crop year.

USDA RD Telcom Programs

Announcement : For information about the broadband pilot program (ReConnect Program) authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 please log into :  https://reconnect.usda.gov USDA is investing in Rural Broadband to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Read more. Access to broadband has become essential for the social and economic benefits it provides to American residents, businesses, governments and communities. Broadband is crucial for increased health, educational and economic opportunities, as well as for job and business creation and growth. Broadband can help close the digital divide between rural and urban communities. USDA Rural Development&...

Valerie Belusko

Illinois Extension

Veris Technologies

Video on Garrett County Maryland Rural Broadband

Vomitoxin Field Test

Need for a field test for vomitoxin in wheat.  Farmer harvests wheat and hauls to elevator. Elevator can test for vomitoxin. If above a threshold, load is rejected. Farmer loses money in time and transport costs. If had a quick, reliable field test could blend loads or otherwise know that load will be accepted at the elevator.    reported Aug 3, 2019 by Jake P from IL

Watch Communications and Microsoft announce partnership to bring broadband internet to Indiana, Ohio and Illinois

Deployment of technologies, including TV white spaces, is expected to cover more than four million people in the region, including 815,000 people in rural areas currently without access to broadband REDMOND, Wash. — July 9, 2019 — On Tuesday, Watch Communications and Microsoft Corp. announced an agreement aimed at closing the broadband gap, and the rural digital divide in particular, in the states of Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. The partnership is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which is focused on extending broadband access to three million people in rural America by July 2022. The FCC reports that more ...

Watch Communications chooses Ericsson to build rural FWA services in the Midwest

Watch Communications has entered into a partnership with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) as a part of its USD 53 million project with the Connect America Fund II to deliver increased internet connectivity to rural communities in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. This partnership, which is the first between Ericsson and Watch, is set to provide rural customers with best-in-class broadband solutions leveraging Ericsson's products and services. Watch will use Ericsson's Radio System hardware and software to build their fixed wireless access (FWA) network in areas where Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and licensed spectrum ...

What is the Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program?

The Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the first round of funding is closed, and applications are currently under review. Follow one of the links below to learn more about the program.

Wisper Internet

A Microsoft Airband partner based just se of St. Louis, MO in Mascoutah, IL. Second largest winner of CAFII funds (Connect America Fund, from FCC)   Wisper Internet Headquartered in Southern Illinois, Wisper ISP, Inc. provides high-speed internet in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. In addition, Arkansas and Indiana will soon be in their coverage area. They are the second-largest winner in the FCC’s rural broadband auction, also known as The Connect America Fund Phase II. As a result, Wisper will use $220.3 million to expand internet service. A rising competitor in the ...

Wisper Internet at Broadbandnow

BroadbandNow is an industry database of ISPs and their service areas. This page shows Wisper's current trade territory and some plans and pricing data.