VT to Host Precision Ag Day

precision-agWritten by Amy Loeffler

Virginia Tech will host a Precision Agriculture Day on Oct. 12 at Kentland Farm in Blacksburg from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to get answers to common questions about the benefits of precision agriculture and learn how they can establish cost-effective technologies on their farms.

Precision agriculture is becoming increasingly utilized — and economical — in recent years as producers use technology such as iPads, GPS, and variable rate equipment to increase yields and inform management decisions.

Registration information for the event, which costs $10, can be found online. Kentland Farm is about 8 minutes from the Virginia Tech campus  at 5250 Whitethorne Road.

The following topics will discussed at the field day:

  • low-cost technologies that are available now and are practical for your operation;
  • technologies that work on smaller farms;
  • precision agriculture equipment for use on hilly terrain;
  • recommendations for producers who are just beginning to consider a technology investment; and
  • potential return on investment in precision technology.

Featured demonstrations and presentations will be provided by Hoober Inc. of Ashland, Virginia, James River Equipment of Tappahannock, Virginia, Meade Tractor of Christiansburg, Virginia, and Southern States Cooperative.

The Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical engineering will also present a drone flying demonstration.

The event is sponsored by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension. The organizers would like to extend a special thanks to Farm Credit of the Virginias for providing water and refreshments.

For more information, call the Pulaski County Extension Office at 540-980-7761 or email paulette@vt.edu.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation in order to attend the event, please contact Morgan Paulette at 540-980-7761 or paulette@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days  prior to the event.

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