The first Ag Leader Technology Tech Meets Dirt Road Tour around Illinois is now history now and it seems like it was a big success. I attended the event near Peoria and was able to chat with presenters in each of the main focus areas – seed, water, and nutrient management.
Matt Cannon, a farmer from central Iowa, talked about planter performance and how to get the most out of your planter. “Two of the biggest issues we run into on the farm are seed meter performance, getting seed singulated so each seed has the best opportunity to grow and also placement – what adjustments we can control on the planter to get the best seed depth and even emergence,” he said. Interview with Iowa farmer Matt Cannon
SMS Software Product Manager Aaron Friedlein discussed the benefits of tiling for farmers in the Midwest. Ag Leader water management solutions like Intellislope® Tile Plow Control System makes installing tile easy, eliminating the need for complicated laser surveying equipment. “Tiling gets rid of the excess moisture that’s in a soil profile,” he explains. “That allows the plant to have more oxygen in the soil which helps it better utilize nutrients and get deeper roots.” Interview with Aaron Friedlein, Ag Leader
Finally, Ag Leader North America Sales Manager Mike Olson talks about the ability to apply nitrogen more efficiently with the latest Ag Leader technology, which allows farmers to really determine where to apply while running throughout the fields for the most accurate rate of application and most cost effective opportunities. “The thing we showcased the most was our Opt-Rx crop sensor technology,” Mike told me. “The sensors will go through and measure the crop health and we will put more nitrogen down where the crop is not as healthy and back down on the areas that are healthy.” Interview with Matt Olson, Ag Leader