For three days in July, the center of the precision agriculture universe was the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL, site of the InfoAg 2007 trade show and conference. Here, hundreds of individuals involved with the manufacture, design, and use of precision agriculture systems gathered to share ideas, information — and most importantly — solutions to help precision agriculture grow. The latest product innovations were on display, as well as dozens of presentations looking at all the trends — both positive and negative —currently impacting the world of precision. Some of the hotter topics discussed included the establishment of more reliable communications networks, proper crop nutrient management, and the ongoing effect the biofuels movement is having (and will continue to have) on the entire agricultural community.
“For those of us in the precision agriculture industry, this is a great place to be,” observed Dr. Harold Reetz, Jr., president of the Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR), a show sponsor along with CropLife® magazine.