BVLOS Will Open the Skies

Chuck Zimmerman

In case you didn’t know, BVLOS stands for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight. It’s something you can’t do commercially flying a drone right now. However, PrecisionHawk, working with the Federal Aviation Administration, has conducted research on conducting BVLOS and summarized it in a new report. Image from the PrecisionHawk website. PrecisionHawk Inc., a leading provider of drone technology for the …

AgNerd, AgWired Precision, Drones, Precision Agriculture, Technology, UAV

Do You Schedule Posts

Chuck Zimmerman

I remember when we used the word, “post,” it meant on your blog.  Today that means anything you publish on your blog or any social networking channel.  I do miss the days when I only had to post on AgWired.com!  Now I have to include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.  And, no, I do not use all of them regularly, …

AgNerd, Social Media

ZimmCast on Ag Careers and Farm Wifi

Chuck Zimmerman

This week’s program includes two Golden ZimmComm Microphone interviews from #NAMA18 (Agri-Marketing Conference). Featured are Matt Wetterson, Kayla Portwood and Melissa Williams with GROWMARK. Matt talks about his responsibilities with GROWMARK and challenges and opportunities. Kayla and Melissa talk about Ag Careers and how important reaching out to young people who want to work in the industry is to GROWMARK. You’ll …

AgNerd, Audio, Education, Employment, Internet, NAMA, Rural Lifestyle, Technology, ZimmCast

Scholar Farms Offers Masterclass for Drones

Chuck Zimmerman

If you’ve got a drone and are looking for some lessons then you need to talk to Dr. Greg Crutsinger, Founder, Scholar Farms. You can listen to my conversation with him about his newly announced Phytomappers Pro Masterclass below. This course explains how to integrate drones into commercial workflows for agriculture, forestry, environmental consultancies, scientific research and other plant-related industries. …

AgNerd, AgWired Precision, Audio, Drones, UAV

HomePod with an Echo

Chuck Zimmerman

Just for fun I set my new HomePod next to my Echo and asked them a couple of the same questions. Well, I asked Siri and Alexa to be precise. Nothing fancy here but I have a couple of observations. One: I’ve had the Echo longer and this particular model sounds great in my office. Alexa has been getting much …

AgNerd, Apps, Gadgets

2018 #DevelopWithDeere Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

The Develop with Deere conference, Growing Solutions Together, is taking place much earlier this year in Kansas City, MO. The event is getting underway this afternoon with registration and a reception. I sat down with Randy Kasparbauer, B2B Software Product Manager, John Deere, to get a preview of this year’s event. It looks like a big crowd and John Deere …

AgNerd, Apps, Audio, Equipment, John Deere

Farmers: Smart About Their Phones & Beyond

Chuck Zimmerman

My morning inspiration today comes from a post on the Woodruff blog by Darlene Hanenburg, Senior Technical and Content Writer. Darlene writes about farmers consumption of digital media and makes some very good points. Here is an insightful excerpt. The truth is, the agri-marketing landscape continues to evolve as new media and technology are introduced and become more widely accepted. …

AgNerd, Apps, Media

It’s #AgVocate Time for @Bayer4CropsUS

Chuck Zimmerman

It is #AgVocacy Forum time prior to Commodity Classic here in San Antonio. I got to sit down with my good friend, David Hollinrake, vice president of Agricultural Commercial Operations (ACO) Marketing for Crop Science, a Division of Bayer. We’ve been having fun agvocating since even before I was part of the Google Glass program. In this week’s episode David …

AgNerd, Bayer, Video, ZimmCast

Buds and Pods Part Two

Chuck Zimmerman

Part One in this series focused on buds. Now it’s time to talk pods, as in Apple AirPods ($159.00). When the @AgriBlogger is on the highway he needs good sound, hands freedom, reliability, good battery life, simple to use. I get that with these. My trial trip was the week of the Potato Expo. I wore my AirPods off and …

AgNerd, Gadgets

Buds and Pods Part One

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello. @AgriBlogger here with an AgNerd review series. It’s is in two parts. This one focuses on the Etymōtic HD Safety Earphones, specifically the HD5 model. Part two will focus on the new Apple AirPods. My trip to Potato Expo last week was a test run to switch between the Etymōtic HD5 earphones and AirPods. Etymōtic sent me the HD5 …

AgNerd, Gadgets