According to a recent announcement, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is joining the PrecisionAg Institute in a partnership that includes John Deere and other industry leaders, in effort to enhance the use of precision agriculture tools and methods that continue to support U.S. farm operations.
The ASA will hold a seat on the Institute’s advisory council, which sets the policy for the organization’s actions and facilities communication among industry partners and individuals. Being the first organization led by farmers to partner with the PrecisionAg Institute, ASA will play a major role in a data workshop at Iowa State University this summer, as well as upcoming precision agriculture educational works, advocacy, researching and award programs that acknowledge farmers and other industry leaders, like John Deere, for their effective use of this technology.
PrecisionAg assures that at the forefront of this technological revolution is John Deere, who continues to use precision farming technologies in their operations to gather information, reduce input and labor costs, increase production, and make better use of land and water resources.
President of ASA, Ray Gaesser, said “Many customers of U.S. soy now want to know that we are using sustainable production practices to grow our soybeans, and precision agriculture technology plays a key part in making this possible. We’re excited to join the PrecisionAg Institute and work with its partners on a variety of efforts to help improve this technology and farmers’ understanding of how to use these important tools that can benefit our operations and improve our sustainability.”
This summer, Ray Gaesser will represent ASA at, Big Data: Managing Your Farm’s Most Elusive Asset, a particularly significant workshop organized by the PrecisionAg Institute. This event will take place at the Iowa State University Scheman Center on August 25th, 2014, which is the day before the Farm Progression Show.
Gaesser encourages farmers to attend the big workshop this summer, as it is important that farmers to expand their knowledge about the value of the data being collected on their farm, and the potential impact this information can have on productivity.
Moving forward, the ASA and Precision Ag Institute will work together to benefit U.S. farm operations by developing the use of precision agriculture technologies.