As the cost of doing business in agriculture continues to rise, many market observers believe precision agricultural practices will only increase in both popularity and their ability to help curb expenses for users. Of course, as with any industry founded on ever-improving technologies, precision ag has undergone numerous instances of hardware upgrades, software improvements and communications expansion. For many, keeping pace with all these changes can be a daunting task.
That’s one of the reasons the International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) in Indianapolis, IN, could make a worthwhile visit. This 11th gathering of the event is expected to draw more than 600 attendees over its four days (July 15 to 18) from over 50 countries, with everyone interested in finding out the latest precision ag news.
“Precision agriculture techniques, technologies and its application continue to grow across the globe,” says Dr. R. Khosla, professor of precision ag at Colorado State University and chair for this year’s ICPA event. “The 11th ICPA will highlight significant research and application in precision agriculture, and it will showcase emerging technologies and information management.”
Looking over the conference agenda, it’s clear that the event will try its best to answer these questions for attendees. Of course, for me, two sessions stand out from the crowd.
The first is one entitled “Cloud Computing, Web-Based GIS, Terrain Analysis, Data Fusion and Multivariate Statistics for Precision Conservation in the 21st Century.” This promises to look at two of the most important issues facing agriculture today – computing communications and conservation.
The other one that sounds interesting is “Precision Tools to Evaluate Alternative Weed Management Systems in Soybean.” As anyone in agriculture knows, weed control issues will be one of the most important issues for this marketplace going forward, and employing precision ag techniques to help in this cause could prove critical down the line.
So if your time permits, I would encourage you to attend the ICPA. If you can’t, keep watching the CropLife Website as most of our staff will be on-hand at the conference reporting what they find. For more information on the event, visit www.ispag.org.