ATHENS — Registration is open by way of March 18 for the upcoming Utilizing Precision Ag Technology Workshop being introduced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension on March 29 and 31.
The workshops, that are freed from cost, will cowl matters within the quickly rising discipline of precision agriculture. Faculty from UGA, Clemson University, University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee welcome producers to their displays on precision planting, precision soil mapping and soil sampling, sustainability, and economics and decision-making. Details on the workshops, speaker data and registration for each workshops can be found at precisionag.caes.uga.edu/sources/workshops.
The March 29 session can be held in Statesboro on the Kennedy Conference Center of Ogeechee Technical College, and the March 31 session can be held in Albany on the Merry Acres Inn and Event Center.
Each program will start at 9 a.m. and run by way of 1:30 p.m., with lunch offered for registered members.
Three 45-minute breakout classes can be held concurrently all through the day in order that producers can attend all provided classes. Sessions embrace:
Precision Planting, delivered by UGA Assistant Professor and Extension Precision Ag Specialist Simer Virk, and Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Extension Specialist Michael Plumblee with the Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
Precision Soil Mapping and Soil Sampling, delivered by UGA Crop and Soil Sciences Associate Professor Wes Porter, and Daniel Jackson, lab supervisor on the CAES Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories
Sustainability and Precision Agriculture, delivered by Lori Duncan, assistant professor of biosystems engineering and soil science with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, and Chaz Holt, precision agriculture and conservation specialist for the Southeast with Quail Forever and Cotton Incorporated.
During lunch, the keynote presentation, “Cost and Benefit Analysis of Precision Technologies,” will characteristic insights from Yangxuan Liu, assistant professor of agricultural and utilized economics from UGA, and Jordan Shockley, affiliate extension professor of agricultural economics with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
“These workshops were developed and designed based on producer-survey input and interest,” Porter said. “The topics were selected based on the interest in training by producers across our state, so they should be timely and relevant. The keynote featuring the economics of precision agriculture technology is one of the most important topics and will provide producers with information to build confidence in adopting precision technologies.”
Continuing schooling unit and authorized crop advisor credit for non-public and business pesticide applicators can be accessible for workshop members. Details on the whole variety of hours can be offered nearer to the occasion dates.
The workshops are made attainable by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
To register, go to precisionag.caes.uga.edu/sources/workshops.
Maria M. Lameiras is a managing editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.