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ISSUE DATE: 01/24/2011

Technology overcomes line-of-sight issues

By Doug Rich

When Dusty LeBrun of Sioux Falls, S.D., headed out to plant corn last spring, he had the latest precision ag technology along for the ride. The technology is a unique convergence of two existing technologies-Real Time Kinematic global positioning system and cellular technology.

Farmers have been using GPS guidance systems to precisely plant and spray crops for several years. It is available day and night and reduces overlap, which saves seed and chemical expenses and minimizes operator fatigue. The system works well as long as there is an unobstructed line of sight to the base station or repeater tower and as long as the operator is within about six miles of the base station or repeater tower.


NEWS

AgriLife Extension offers spreadsheet training
Beef sent to prisons recalled
Conference highlights benefits of emerging ag technologies
EPA to defer biomass requirements
Extension program loans electricity meters
Farmer Idea Exchange award goes to Texas inventor
Food and Ag Council head named
FSA reminds producers of ELAP deadline
Grants awarded for Colorado Renewable Energy projects
Iowa Farm Bureau sets priorities for legislative session
Iowa women farmers to travel to Uganda
Network will help rural companies be more competitive
NMSU faculty member assists National Guard mission in Afghanistan
Okla. farmers support national Farm Bureau policies
Southwest Farm & Ranch Classic schedule of events
States sign reciprocity agreements
Take charge of your future at Women in Ag Conference
Technology overcomes line-of-sight issues
USDA unveils upgrades to nutritional standards for school meals
Women in Ag Conference is Jan. 29
Young farmers and ranchers take top honors

CROPS

A cotton-pickin' mystery
All that glitters is not gold--it's cotton
Annual show supports association programming and services
Ark. Soybean Association to host seminar Jan. 25
Colorado crops do well in 2010
Conferences will help farmers use no-till successfully
Conservation Innovation Grants available
Conservation partnership hits new milestone in the Sandhills
Conservation seedlings still available
Diversified Ag Conference is Jan. 29
Energy efficiency tips offered to farmers
Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year honored
Extension to conduct survey of custom agricultural rates
Farming method may reduce emissions while increasing corn yields
Growing sweet corn using less atrazine
High Cotton Award winners announced
Investing in sorghum's future
Iowa OKs $9M grant for corn stover ethanol plant
Irrigators' Conference set for Jan. 27 in Lamar
K-State to host Ag Profitability Conference in Pratt
Lower Cibolo Watershed protection meeting set for Jan. 27
Make high tunnel use profitable
Mo. corn, soybean production down in 2010
More insurance options available for sorghum farmers
MU Extension offers soybean weed management program
NAWG pleased with USDA wheat research grant
Organic Farming Conference to be held in Albuquerque
OSU Extension hosts Grain Sorghum Educational Program Series
OSU to offer pecan management course
Plasticulture grant funds available
Producers gather for annual Kansas Soybean Expo
Soils and Crops Conference set for Feb. 3
Sorghum Profitability Seminars planned
Soybean growing contest open to Kansas students
State could see high numbers of grasshoppers this year
Texas AgriLife Extension Service presents seminars at Southwest Farm & Ranch Classic
Texas citrus gets the green light to ship again
Women Managing the Farm Conference is Feb 11 to 12
Yield, variety traits weigh heavily for cotton producers

LIVESTOCK

Analyzing profitability may mean changes on beef farms
Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner now available
Brownback proposes eliminating Kansas Animal Health Department
Busy calving season begins
Champions parade in national Gelbvieh and Balancer Show
CKD Cowherd Program set for Feb. 1
Cold weather puts stress on cattle, ranchers
Correction
CSU recognizes Livestock Leader
Determining nutrition requirements for pregnant, lactating cows
Extension to host Beef Feedlot Roundtables
Garden City Farm and Ranch Show offers expanded equine events
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announces entertainers
Iowa cattle lot fined for wastewater discharge
Iowa Pork Producers to host annual meeting
Iowa Pork Taste of Elegance is Jan. 24
KCA booth is big hit at Topeka Farm Show
K-State to offer Animal Sciences Leadership Academy
Livestock outlook characterized by tight supplies
Manage cattle in cold weather this winter
National dairy group introduces 'Contract with Producers'
National Gelbvieh Sale sets fast pace for season
Preventing, treating lameness in cattle
Preventing, treating mastitis in dairy cows
Raise chickens in your backyard
UNL offers cow-calf profitability seminars for cattlemen
UW CES offers sheep, goat program
Watch livestock for hypothermia, frostbite

EDITOR

Agriculture a top priority in 112th Congress
Reader challenges Poppers' Buffalo Commons proposal
Twinkie do or Twinkie don't?
Winter kill

COLUMNS

Just a scoop full
New stacked cotton offers dual MOA for herbicide management
Shrinking horizons
The most essential industry

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder auction summary
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson livestock auction report
Faith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Kansas hay trade remains slow
Lexington livestock market report
Most hay prices steady
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Sigourney feeder cattle auction
Springfield livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Tama feeder cattle auction
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wheat, corn close higher
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Huron cattle sales report

FAMILY

Cranberry 2's size a good choice for first-timers
Desert bighorns transplanted on western slope
Eat better, eat together
Extension offers health program for women
FFA Foundation updates leadership
Let ag employees know they're appreciated
Master volunteer training offered by 4-H
Meals to defeat the cold of winter
Meditation for 1-24-11
Panhandle to host Master Gardener Training
Popularity of gardening, landscaping classes is growing
Preparing soil for planting
Reconnecting families, one meal at a time
Specialist chosen as national 4-H peer reviewer
Study supports claims that fabric softener sheets repel insects
Tips for sanitizing kitchen surfaces
Turfgrass, landscape maintenance program set for Feb. 4

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