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December 02, 2009   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
December 02, 2009

ATMORE, Ala. -- A workshop on managing and using precision agriculture data will be among the highlights of the fourth annual Alabama Precision Agriculture & Field Crops Conference on Dec. 8 at Atmore's Wind Creek Hotel.

The conference will also feature an update on the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and several other presentations for the row crop farmer, including "Economics of Variable Rate Technologies," "Sensor-Based Variable Rate Application for Cotton" and a farmers' panel on the economics of precision ag.

Livestock and forage producers will also receive an introduction to global positioning systems (GPS), and hear presentations on points to consider when purchasing and using a guidance system. Producers will also learn about marking points and acreage calculations using hand-held GPS units. A session is also being developed for livestock producers to address the use of precision agriculture in pasture management.

Spouses in attendance will be able to attend presentations on holiday decorating, culinary tips and more.

Lamar County dairy farmer Will Gilmer will be the luncheon guest speaker, addressing how farmers can take proactive steps for agriculture by using social media. Gilmer is heavily engaged in utilizing Twitter, YouTube and other online media to reach out to non-farm audiences.

The afternoon workshop will teach farmers how to get data from its guidance system and/or yield monitors and how to organize and use that data for production management decisions.

A tour of a local sugar cane field to learn about economics and production of sugar cane is also planned.

The event is hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and cooperating partners, including the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Soybean Producers, Alabama Cotton Commission and the Alabama Wheat & Feed Grain Producers.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will begin with registration and equipment demonstrations at 8 a.m. Educational sessions begin at 9 a.m.

For more information and directions, call Shannon Norwood at (256) 353-8702, ext. 28, email hubersr@aces or visit www.AlabamaPrecisionAgOnline.com.

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