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Precision Agriculture

Variable-Rate Technology

Variable-rate technology (VRT) describes any technology which enables producers to vary the rate of crop inputs.  VRT combines a variable-rate (VR) control system with application equipment to apply inputs at a precise time and/or location to achieve site-specific application rates of inputs.  A complement of components, such as a DGPS receiver, computer, VR software, and controller are integrated to make VRT work.  A site-specific approach allows growers to apply products only where they are needed in a field.  Varying the application of inputs can reduce input and labor costs, maximize productivity, and reduces the impact over-application may have on the environment.  Examples of VR applications for agriculture include fertilizer, lime, seeding and pesticides.

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Planter Maintenance 101: An Important Step for High Yielding Crops

Success of the growing season starts on the front end with planting.  Seed costs continue to increase so peak performance of the planter is critical to maximize the yield potential of every seed.  The Alabama... more

Partnerships a Key for the Future of Ag Data Success

Big data or data management in agriculture continues to be a hot topic.  The 2013 InfoAg Conference highlighted not only how data management is growing in agriculture through the tradeshow and presentations but that industry... more

Adoption of Precision Ag across Central Alabama

We know the adoption of precision ag continues to increase across the US. Here in Alabama, technology and site-specific management exceeds national averages reported by the USDA. In 2009 and 2010,... more

Alabama Precision Ag Team on Facebook

The Alabama Precision Ag Team has been using Facebook as its portal to archive images and information. www.facebook.com/AlabamaPrecisionAgOnline The site provides updates on projects, demonstrations and other Extension activities. A Facebook account is... more

OPEN POSITION: Master of Science Degree at Auburn University in Machinery Automation / Precision Ag (Fall 2013)

The Biosystems Engineering Department at Auburn University has a research assistantship, at the Master of Science (MS) level, available in the area of machinery automation focused on enhancement of agricultural equipment for site-specific management.  The... more