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Monday, July 7, 2014

Precision Ag Workshop - Seminar 3: Evaluating Crop Production and Management Decisions with Precision Ag Data

August 4-5, 2014
Marriott Spring Hill Suites, Downtown Louisville, Kentucky

Sponsored by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association through a research grant.

Subject-matter will be focused on the the following:
  • Field boundary entry and editing
  • Analyzing multiple years of yield data
  • Spatial versus temporal variability
  • Identifying potential fields for implementing VRA
  • Using as-applied planter data and yield data to analyze in-field plots (hybrids & seeding rates)
The seminar is open to all producers, but space is limited to 20 farms to ensure the best educational experience. Pre-registration is required and a registration fee of $25 per person will assist in meal and printing costs.

RSVP to Adam Andrews at 502-974-1121 or

If you will need a hotel room, please be sure to reserve before July 21 by clicking on the link below. A reduced room rate of $159 is offered for our group, but is 100% non-refundable.

Book your group rate: Kentucky Corn Growers Association >>

The first two Precision Ag Data Management Workshops have received very positive feedback from attendees. Comments from most have indicated two significant benefits from taking part in both training events. First, gaining practical knowledge on how to collect and use Precision Ag data for their cropping systems and second, gaining experience with the data analysis using actual field data in a hands-on training environment.

The upcoming workshop in August will continue to focus on expanding the skills of those interested in maximizing the use of the Precision Ag data collected from their operations. Initial topics will focus on basic boundary map entry and editing, highlighting cases where software sometimes doesn’t make the best decisions for us when determining field borders. We will also be discussing how to interpret multiple years of yield data to identify trends in spatial versus temporal crop variability. This will provide insights to help determine fields where site-specific crop management might be valuable versus fields that may not benefit from these practices.

Finally, we will be demonstrating how to use Precision Ag datasets (yield monitor and as-applied planting data) to evaluate management practices, in this case, hybrid selection and seeding rates. We will discuss best management practices (BMPs) for setting up and executing in-field trials during these final exercises. As with the previous workshops, we will be using Ag Leader SMS software on laptop computers for those in attendance. If you have a copy of SMS Advanced, you may bring your own laptop as well. Actual field data will also be used for the exercises.

I look forward to the workshop and hope that we’ll have good attendance as with previous training events. As usual, we will have plenty of time for other discussions and questions among the group. In my opinion, group discussions have been one of the most valuable parts of these workshops as we can all learn valuable lessons from one another. I hope to see you there!


Monday, August 4th, 2014
10:00 AM Registration
10:30 AM Welcome & Introductions
10:45 AM Boundary Mapping
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Multi-Year Yield Data Analysis
1:30 PM Spatial versus Temporal Variability
2:00 PM Identifying In-Field Variability
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Planning On Farm Research Studies

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
9:00 AM How to Setup Precision Ag Technologies for Data Collection
10:00 AM Field Trial Analysis: Hybrids
11:00 AM Field Trial Analysis: Seeding Rates
1:00 PM Lunch and Adjourn

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