Interested in a new GPS guidance system for your tractors? Want to know how you can save money on aerial spraying with variable rate applications? Trying to find out how to get more use out of that yield monitor on your picker or combine?

If you've been wondering about these or other precision farming topics, the new InfoAg Conference in Tunica, Miss., Feb. 7-9, may be just what the doctor ordered to ease your technology anxieties.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Agronomic Research and the Potash and Phosphate Institute, the InfoAg Conference will include a number of presentations on site-specific soil and crop management technology, information management and communications for Mid-South farmers and rural communities.

The Tunica meeting marks the first in the South for the InfoAg Conference, which has been held in the Midwest for several years.

It is also being presented by Mississippi State University and the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants.

“We believe this conference can help increase awareness among growers and their advisers in the Mid-South about the potential — and the challenges — of applying precision farming technology and information management tools to their operations,” said Harold F. Reetz Jr., president of the Foundation for Agronomic Research.

The meeting program, which can be seen at www.infoag.org, will open with a presentation by Charles Hill, associate director of the GeoResources Institute at Mississippi State University, on “Opportunities in Technology for the Mid-South,” and close with a panel discussion featuring cotton producers Kenneth Hood of Gunnison, Miss., and Larkin Martin of Courtland, Ala.

In between will be presentations by producers, university researchers and Extensions specialists from Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee, crop consultants and industry representatives.

Among the topics:

  • Guidance and auto-steer technology. Will you be farming with robots soon?
  • Precision pest management.
  • Yield monitors: tips on successful data collection, data management and interpretation.
  • Grid sampling, zone management and variable-rate nutrient application.
  • Building a database from Geographical Information System maps, public information and your on-farm data, How to make it all work together.
  • Managing farm records for an information-intensive cropping system.
  • Economics of site-specific management.
  • Remote sensing applications in site-specific management. Putting satellites to work in your fields.
  • Communication technology. Sharing information among machine operators in the field and with managers, input suppliers and advisers… building a team approach.

The conference will be held at the Grand Casino Convention Center in Tunica and runs from 10 a.m., Feb. 7, until 12:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Many of the concurrent sessions will be repeated to allow growers the opportunity to attend more of them.

For more information about the conference, contact Quentin Rund at 217-762-2074 or qrund@paqinteractive.com.