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Most farmers have the basic tools for precision ag, but aren’t diving too deep into practices such as variable rate just yet.

Most Prairie farmers taking a wait-and-see attitude to precision ag

A new online survey found just about everyone uses GPS but less than half 
use advanced imaging and variable rate

Reading Time: 2 minutes Prairie farmers are casting glances at precision ag, but not embracing it yet, a new survey suggests. The online 42-question survey commissioned by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada didn’t get a big response — 261 producers participated — but it offers a glimpse into how farmers view the highly touted technology. The poll found adoption of […] Read more

Even with all the technology available to farmers, there’s no ‘easy button’ when it comes to making agronomic decisions, cautions Professor 
Raj Khosla.

Use your head — not your hard drive — when making farming decisions

Technology is critical on any farm — but don’t rely too heavily on it

Reading Time: 4 minutes Agriculture is changing faster than it ever has before — and producers are scrambling to keep up. “When I talk to farmers, they have so many balls in the air, and they tell me that it feels like they’re dropping some of these balls,” said Raj Khosla, a Colorado State University professor who specializes in […] Read more

tractor spreading fertilizer in a field

Payoff from variable-rate technology is variable

Study of variable-rate fertilizer application finds it’s not a ‘slam dunk’ — sometimes it pays and sometimes it doesn’t

Reading Time: 2 minutes Does variable-rate fertilizer application pay off? Sure it does — if you can find the areas of the field that need it, suggests a recent financial analysis of variable-rate technology (VRT) conducted in Lethbridge. “The more fertilizer you put on, the better results you get,” said Mark Wobick, a farm management consultant with MNP. “But […] Read more