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MSU hosting seminar on 'precision agriculture' in Great Falls on Oct. 24

September 26, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University College of Agriculture experts will be co-hosting a seminar on the use of sensor-based technologies for precision agriculture on Oct. 24 at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn in Great Falls.

The seminar is organized as a part of a project to educate and train wheat producers on how sensor-based technologies can increase the efficiency and profitability of their farm operations.

Precision sensors enable farmers to develop crop-specific and site-specific nitrogen fertilizing recommendations to increase nitrogen use efficiency and overall crop yield. The project, called Professional + Producer, aims to point producers toward the use of reference strips and precision sensors for increased nitrogen use efficiency in wheat production. Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) program is funding the project.

“This seminar will be a great opportunity for the agriculture community – producers, industry representatives, crop advisors and academic researchers – to share information on benefits and challenges associated with a variety of precision agriculture tools available,” said Olga Walsh, assistant professor in MSU’s College of Agriculture and conference coordinator.

The all-day free conference will cover a variety of topics including: precision seed placement, precision agriculture from the growers’ perspective, nutrient management systems and precision weed management. Lunch is included.

There will also be a round-table discussion and question-and-answer session exploring issues regarding precision agriculture methodologies. These interactive sessions aim to encourage an informal dialog between the experts and the attendees.

The WSARE is a western branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Its mission is to advance – to the whole of American agriculture – innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.

Contact: Olga Walsh, (406) 278-7707 or olga.walsh@montana.edu.