Throughout the 2011 AG CONNECT Expo, industry experts took to the podium at the Successful Farming Innovations Theater to discuss the major issues facing agriculture today. Weren't able to watch during the Expo? Click below to see wrap-up videos for each session.
The Ag Connect Expo, held January 8-10 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, featured leading agricultural machinery manufacturers from around the world. Exhibitors included the major, well-known brands, as well as a large complement of lesser known manufacturers who supply components for farm equipment.
Components on display are used in all major agricultural machinery. In the first photo of this slideshow, first look at a close-up view of the component. Guess its name and function, and maybe even the company that made it.
The farm can be a dangerous place to work. There are potential threats to not just some of your senses, but things that can also endanger your life altogether.
The introduction of a new series of “Tier 4” diesel engines, so designated as they comply with new EPA pollution standards, has farmers scrabbling to decipher such terms as SCR (selective catalytic reduction), DPF (diesel particulate filter) and DEF (diesel exhaust fluid).
AGCO’s John Rogers offers a brief explanation of the engine changes his company is introducing to meet this Tier regulations during the Ag Connect Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sara Truesdale Mooney has had a goal in her 2+ years as show director for AG CONNECT Expo. And, in its second year in 2011, she's excited about how far the event has come toward reaching that goal.
"Our objective is to create a gathering place for the industry. That's always been our objective, and with this year's event, we're taking another step toward that," Mooney said Saturday morning.
One of the biggest surprises in this year's Expo, she said, is the number of purchase decisions she's seeing farmers making on the trade show floor. Though unexpected initially, Mooney said it's been a sign of the overall good health of the ag sector, and anecdotally, it's a consistent theme on the trade show floor.
"Whatever the event, it's affected by the economic condition of the industry. With the ag industry leading the economic recovery, producers are in a place to come and see products, and talk to people who design the equipment," she said. "Producers are coming to the show in a good place."
Mooney added she spoke with a farmer from Wyoming at the show on Friday who said he "spent 5 hours on the [trade show] floor and made 'several' purchase decisions."
Neil Mylet spends 8 hours a day working on his central Indiana farm. Then, he spends another 10 hours a day working his "other job" as founder of LoadOut Technologies, a "high-tech agricultural startup." When it comes to smartphones and similar digital technology on the farm, he knows his stuff.
Mylet spoke Saturday morning at AG CONNECT Expo. A packed room of farmers, crop advisers and machinery dealer representatives asked a lot of questions about the latest smartphone technology, what ag-specific tools are out there and how all their data that's passing through smartphones today and in the future will stay private and protected. On the latter point, Mylet said those reputable application developers out there are today taking data protection and privacy very seriously for more than one reason.
In the first photo, see a close-up view of the machine to view a special feature. Guess which company made it, and see how many you can get right. In this pic, who’s featuring a new track system?
Precision ag technology is far from one-size-fits all. Some farmers are better able to adopt new technology tools on their farms than others, and understanding your comfort level with new technology is key to being able to successfully implement it.
Just getting started? Doug Applegate, who farms in western Iowa, says the first and most important step is determining whether you "want to" do it or not, then have the patience to follow through with tools that can sometimes have a frustratingly steep learning curve.
But, adopting precision ag is often more about the people than it is the technology, Persia, Iowa, farmer Bill Darrington says. Establishing a good relationship with support people in your area is the most important thing to the continued successful utilization of technology tools.