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InfoAg 2015 Session

Repeat: Farmer Perspective of the Future
Moderator : Shannon Norwood
Date/Time : Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room : Grand Ballroom
Martin Farm
P.O. Box 356
Courtland, 35618
(256) 637-2281

Biography :
Larkin Martin is responsible for the management of a family farming operation in north Alabama. The farms principal crops are corn, wheat, soybeans and cotton. In recent years they have also raised canola, sesame, peanuts and sorghum. The operation covers around 7,000 aces of owned and rented land. Martin Farm uses RTK guidance on their equipment, GPS mapping and precision technologies for soil sampling, prescription fertilizer applications and business recordkeeping. Larkin is a past Chairman of The Cotton Board, a 2012 Eisenhower Agricultural Fellow and a Trustee of the Farm Foundation.

Precision Technologies That Have Worked For Us and A Wish List for the Future

The talk will cover various uses for precision technology that have proven themselves on Martin Farm, including management zone creation for soil sampling and precision fertilizer application, sensors to aid in variable rate nitrogen and growth regulator application and careful farm recordkeeping . It will also cover mistakes made and hopes and concerns for the technology in the future.


Stewart Farms
7482 Audrey Avenue
Yorkville, 60560

Biography :
Bob Stewart is a managing partner in his family's grain farming operation, Stewart Farms (www.stewart-farms.com). Headquartered in Yorkville, Illinois, Stewart Farms covers 8,500 acres with land bases in central and northern Illinois. Stewart Farms has been using RTK based auto steering systems for the last 11 years. Stewart Farms utilizes controlled traffic patterns and rubber tracked equipment to carefully manage soil compaction. The farm also designs and installs its own drainage systems utilizing RTK based GPS. Bob received a B.S. Degree and a M.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois.

Controlled Traffic, Drainage, and Input Management – Current and Future Opportunities

Bob Stewart will share his farm’s experiences with utilizing RTK based GPS systems for controlled traffic systems, drainage, and input management.  He will cover the challenges and the successes he has seen with implementing a 60ft center controlled traffic pattern on his family’s farm.  Stewart Farm combines the use of tracked equipment and controlled traffic to manage soil compaction. Bob also will cover the significant opportunities he sees for GPS solutions in managing soil drainage.   Stewart Farms does its own surface and sub-subsurface drainage work.  Bob will finish the presentation with a summary of future opportunities in precision agriculture.  


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