The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the year’s first precision agriculture workshop Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
While producers continue to adopt new farming technologies, Alabama Extension professionals are committed to working alongside them with industry partners to expand their practical knowledge and increase adoption. Previously held at E.V. Smith Extension and Research Station, the precision agriculture workshop has been an annual January event for a number of years.
Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said she is optimistic the move to Birmingham will allow more farmers to participate.
“We are hopeful that a more central workshop location will help us draw farmers from all over the state,” she said. “We have several notable speakers who will help our Alabama farmers take the next step toward full implementation of precision agriculture practices.”
The workshop will highlight five precision ag areas:
- Precision liquid applications (fertilizer and herbicide)
- Precision planting (precise planting depth, seed spacing, on-the-go seeding rate changes, multi hybrid planting)
- Unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture
- Precision ag data management
To register for this free workshop, visit http://bit.ly/2yyR1jv.