Fort Cobb, OK – February 3, 2014 – On February 20, Caddo Kiowa Technology Ag Business in cooperation with Helena Chemical Co.’s AGRIntelligence, OSU, and NRCS will host a workshop including the topics of variable rate nutrient application, possible enhancement for these practices in the CSP program, and weed resistance issues.
GPS and GIS Technologies have revolutionized agriculture, and in many cases allowed producers to increase the size of their farming operation. Not all farmers are just thinking bigger since GIS mapping and precision agriculture have caused some farmers to view their acres into smaller than field-size production units when applying fertilizer and nutrients, seeding, applying growth regulators and weed control.
These precision applications of inputs at prescription rates are adjusted to the variability within the field. Grid sampling and prescription mapping of application zones are targeting fertilizer and lime application according to needs by variable rate technologies. Benefits that have been achieved through these practices are increased nutrient efficiency, less leaching or runoff movement of fertilizer into water due to over-application, increased yield potential, and, in some cases, cost savings. These practices will be addressed by Jayme Smith of Helena Chemical Co.’s AGRIntelligence.
Precision nutrient application is also a Water Quality Enhancement Activity in the Conservation Stewardship Program through USDA-NRCS. Danielle Whaley, Caddo County NRCS director, will present on this topic.
Herbicide resistance in weeds is a growing problem for producers and will be discussed by Dr. Todd Baughman, program support leader with OSU at the Institute for Agriculture Biosciences.
There is no cost to the producers attending the workshop set to begin with lunch at 11:30 am. Please RSVP by Monday, February 17, 2014, at 405-643-3270 or 405-643-3280.
More information about CKTC is available online at www.caddokiowa.com or by calling 405.643.5511.
Posted on Mon, February 3, 2014
by Susan McElhaney