In today's farming world with the preciseness of equipment, the best way to farm is different for a specific piece of ground and each bit of science is a helpful tool in making every acre reach its full potential.
Northwest Kansas farmer Dietrich Kastens believes in using the right science and technologies to get the most out of farm ground. Kastens is not only a farmer, but also the president of the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association.
The organization was formed about 15 years ago as a way to disseminate university and industry information and research to farmers, retailers, and other ag professionals in order to facilitate efficient farm management. The organization's direction has changed a bit through the years and now additionally focuses on helping farmers utilize new technologies, as well as provides resources to support on-farm research efforts.
Kastens has used precision ag technologies and methods since the 1990s, starting with a yield monitor in 1998 and site-specific soil sampling in 1999.