Top 10 Webinars #7: Advances in Precision Agriculture

November 2012 Screenshot

It’s time for the Top 10 Most-Watched Webinars series to take a look into the very near future, because today’s webinar is “Advances in Precision Agriculture,” hosted by Dr. Amy Kaleita, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. Here are my Top 3 Take-Home Points:

1. Precision farming is about finding appropriate responses to variability in the field. So, before mechanization, all farming was basically precision farming.

2. For a long time, mechanized farming has had to ignore variability and treat all parts of a field the same … even though that’s meant reducing potential yield and causing bigger environmental damage.

3. Recent advances hold the potential to make precision farming more practical for today’s farmers. This looks to be the next big revolution in agriculture, and when it’s done right, it can help us reduce environmental harm while getting more productive systems.

Watch the full webinar here.

– Alex Kirstukas

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