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Precision ag, soil and water in-field training offered

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is providing a precision ag clinic on Aug. 27 and a clinic focusing on the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil and water is on Aug. 28.

Both sessions are at UNL’s Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The potential precision ag technologies hold for improved yields, more precise applications, and increased profits has caught the attention of growers and agribusiness professionals. However, some are hesitant to adopt the technologies due to unfamiliarity with the technology itself and the data that is collected.

An Aug. 27 program is aimed at providing a clearer understanding of how technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), crop canopy sensors, soil mapping systems and spraying technology can be utilized and their value in crop production.

Topics at this training session include: Evaluating Crop Stress with Aerial Sensing Platforms; Crop Canopy Sensors for In-Season Nitrogen Management; Soil Conductivity, pH, and Organic Matter Mapping; Overlap and Turn Compensation Control for Sprayers and Ammonia Application with Capstan’s PinPoint® Technology; and Improving Farm Productivity with Agricultural Technologies.

A total of 6.5 Certified Crop Adviser credits have been applied for and are pending approval for this clinic.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The training begins at 8:45 a.m.

Improving and maintaining soil quality is essential to the productivity of land for current and future use. UNL Extension’s physical, chemical and biological properties of soil and water clinic on Aug. 28 will provide hands-on training. The in-field training is ideal for agribusiness professionals and those who work with soil and water management.

Aug. 28 topics include: Physical, Chemical and Biological Properties of Soil and Water….The Cornerstone of the Human Race; Cover Crops for Improving the Soil; Infiltration Test and Organic Matter; Soil Health’s Impact on Soil Water; Using Laboratory Tests to Determine Soil Health; Soil Characteristics, Productivity and Landscape Position; and Management Considerations to Improve the Physical, Chemical and Biological Properties of Soil.

A total of 7.5 Certified Crop Adviser credits have been applied for and are pending approval for this clinic.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The training begins at 8:45 a.m.

Pre-registration required for these clinics. All registrants will be sent a confirmation letter, receipt and finalized schedule. Space is limited; your registration is not guaranteed unless payment is received. Cancellations received one week before the clinic will receive a full refund. In the event of program cancellation by the university, pre-registered participants will be contacted and will receive a full refund. The University of Nebraska is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants.

Registration before Aug. 21 is $160; $210 after to attend a one-day clinic. Registration fee to attend both days is $280 by Aug. 21 and $320 after. Fees include training, lunch and reference materials.

For more information or to register, contact the ARDC CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033, call 800-529-8030, fax 402-624-8010, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the web at http://ardc.unl.edu/cmdc.shtml.

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