SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The premier conference on precision
agriculture will be held July 16-18 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
The InfoAg Conference focuses on the application of
precision technology and information management for crop production and features
a wide range of educational opportunities.
The event is packed with prominent national and
international speakers and includes plenary and breakout sessions in agronomy,
business, issues and sponsor showcase.
In addition, hands-on workshops will be offered, allowing
attendees to dig into software and get firsthand assistance in working through
on-farm research, data analysis, nitrogen models, agricultural apps for
smartphones and other topics.
A pre-conference tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, July 15, with visits to Brandt Consolidated Research Farm, Springfield
Plastics and Holmes Field with drone vendors, including AutoCopter and Aerial
The conference opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, with
plenary sessions throughout the morning.
Steve Phillips, International Plant Nutrition Institute’s
Southeast U.S. region director, sets the conference theme with a look at the
precision ag movement from its beginnings and transformation into today’s
recognized way to farm. He will be followed by “people-provoker” Jim
Following the awards of excellence presentations, Matias
Ruffo, the Mosaic Co.’s worldwide agronomy manager, will present the keynote,
“Globalization of Precision Ag and the Need for Higher Yields,” to conclude the
Keynote speaker David Zach is slated to present “An Owner’s
Guide to the Future” at a plenary session at 10:30 a.m. July 17. Zach blends
humor and contemplative analysis of past and current trends into a talk that is
sure to push attendees to consider how one fits into the future.
InfoAg concludes with a closing plenary session,
“Agriculture 3.0: From Consolidation to Convergence,” by speaker Jim Budzynski
at 11 a.m. July 18.
Budzynski is managing principal at MacroGain Partners, a
Carmel, Ind., firm focused on facilitating private equity investments in the ag
industry and providing related strategic planning and management consulting
Throughout the three-day event, breakout sessions will focus
on a range of precision ag areas.
Presentations under the agronomy breakout session’s themes
include: “The Quest for High Yield Corn and Soybeans,” “Twenty Years of
Precision Agriculture,” “Precision Irrigation,” “Precision Drainage,” “Variable
Hybrid Planting,” “Data Driven Agronomic Decisions” and “Precision Sensing –
Potential and Challenges.”
“Precision Agriculture and Soil Variability: Unraveling the
Mystery,” “Making Management Zones – An Integration of Yield Patterns, Landscape
and Soils,” “Advantages of Aggregating Data,” “The World of Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles in Agriculture” and “A Retailer’s View on Logistics Today and Tomorrow”
are among the topics covered in the business breakout sessions.
Talks under the issues theme will include: “CropScape and
VegScape,” “Fieldprint Calculator,” “Ag Apps Available for Smart Phones and
Tablets,” “Precision N Management with Adapt-N: Updates and Results,” “Climate
and Weather Data for the Farmer’s Site Specific Toolkit” and “Developing the
Precision Ag Workforce.”
“Slingshot API and Data Management,” “Internet Based RTK,”
“I.F.A.R.M. – Simplifying Precision Ag,” “Change the Way You Look at Your
Fields” and “This is Not Your Mother’s MapShops” are among the themes of the
sponsor showcase-theme sessions.
Topics including in the hands-on workshops include:
“Answering Your Questions Via On-farm Research,” “Yield Editor 2.0,” “Crop
Nutrient Response Tool,” “Getting to Know How to Use Ag Apps,” “Hands-on Use of
Adapt-N” and “You Can Take It With You! Putting Information and Decision
Resources in the Palm of Your Hand.”
Registration is available online at www.infoag.com or at the