Category: TechTour

TechTour: Aerial Application Innovations & the Future of UAVs for Field Work

A high-clearance sprayer simply can’t compete with the efficiency of aerial application of some crop protection products. But just because a plane can cover farm more acres than ground units doesn’t mean there isn’t a drive to do the job better and more efficiently. On this stop of the Dow AgroSciences’ TechTour, Paul O’Carroll, of… Read more »

Tech Tour: Strategies to Reduce Downtime in Spray Operations

If there’s one thing farmers are focused on during the spray season, it’s efficiency. A spray operation must accomplish its goal of getting the right product on, but time is of the utmost importance, especially during the hectic early season or when, say, conditions for disease progression are ideal. Learn more: What’s an inversion? Tom… Read more »

TechTour: “Smart-Scout” Your Field with some help from GEOSYS

The only data that’s useful is data you can…well…use. On the farm, that means data that can translate into a decision, without the use of an interpreter, quickly and efficiently. Many companies currently offer all kinds of data collection services for your operation. The real question is, how will that impact what you do tomorrow?… Read more »

TechTour: Acoustic Monitoring System “Listens” for Trouble in Your Air-Seeder

It’s been described as a stethoscope for your air-seeder and that’s actually a fairly accurate analogy for how Intelligent Agricultural Solution’s Wireless Blockage and Flow Monitoring System works. The product monitors the openers on your drill with an acoustic-based system to not only detect blockages and reduced flow rates but also give you a broad… Read more »

TechTour: Access & Manage Farm Data Anywhere with the Agri-Data Solution

Most farmers know which crops are their best money makers. Naming your most productive field is likely pretty easy, too. But do you know how profitable each field or area of a field is? If you could create a profit map by field zone, would it change the way you farm? You likely would, and,… Read more »

TechTour: Light Up the Boom to Extend the Day’s Spraying Window

The best spray application you can do is the one applied at the right time — the right leaf stage, the right point in the disease cycle, the right time of day for insect control. But weather conditions don’t always cooperate, plus with more acres to cover per farmer or sprayer, a product or products… Read more »

TechTour Poll: Which Do You Choose First, Grassy or Broadleaf Herbicide?

Weed control ahead of the crop is so vital to getting the crop off to the best start possible, it’s true, but later emerging or flushes of weeds can strangle a crop in a hurry. As discussed in the first episode of Tech Tour, the sprayer can be a great first place to begin adding… Read more »

TechTour: Finding the Right Precision Ag Set Up for Your Farm

There likely isn’t a farmer around who’d give up their autosteer. Once technology gets integrated into the farming system, it’s more likely that you’re going to add capability, not take it away. That said, when you’re ready move past basic guidance and into true precision agriculture, where do you start? Stuart Lawrence, territory manager with… Read more »

TechTour: Post & Negotiate a Grain Deal from Anywhere with FarmLead.com

Selling grain can be as easy as a phone call, but that’s the exception, not the rule. What’s more, getting a deal done usually requires a bit of back and forth to get the terms that work for your farm. The easier it is for grain buyers and grain sellers to connect and negotiate, the… Read more »

TechTour Poll: What Would Make Herbicide Application Easier?

We all know that farming is a very rewarding career but it is has some very difficult moments.  As we discussed in Episode 1 of the TechTour, there are many hours committed to rolling up and down the field in the sprayer.  One of the goals of the TechTour is to try and save you… Read more »

TechTour: Are Farmers Married to the Sprayer?

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, the sprayer is really a multi-purpose tool on the modern farm. From pre-seed burn-off, to in-crop protection and fertility applications, to post-harvest, the sprayer rarely sits still on the farm. Because it’s involved throughout the entire growing season, the sprayer could potentially be a great place… Read more »