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Precision Ag Expo showcases farm technology

Growers interested in seeing the most production from their land are invited to the Precision Ag Expo, cosponsored by New Mexico State University. The event focuses the latest in agricultural tools and technology. It begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Ollie Liner Center in Plainview, Texas.


"The more growers understand their farms, the more productive they will be," said Mark Marsalis, an NMSU Extension agronomy specialist. "This conference will educate farmers on what problems to look for and what may be hindering their productivity."

The Precision Ag Expo will include both classroom-style presentations and hands-on demonstrations and discussions in the field. Other topics include the use of guidance systems, monitors and equipment to measure soil and crop variables. Information on data collection and use will be discussed as well as irrigation management. A group of farmers will discuss their experiences with precision agriculture and benefits they have seen.

"Because precision agriculture is rapidly expanding throughout the country, it is imperative that New Mexico farmers begin to learn how precision farming can benefit their operations and how staying up-to-date on the latest technologies can help them stay competitive. As arable agricultural land continues to decline, it is necessary to obtain maximum productivity per unit of land in order maintain a continued feed and food supply," said Marsalis.

Companies specializing in precision agriculture and other agribusinesses will participate in the expo, with both equipment displays and other exhibits. Many companies will also demonstrate their equipment in a field near the Liner Center.

Continuing Education Credits will be offered during the expo for Texas Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License and for Certified Crop Advisers.

The expo is sponsored by the Texas Plant Protection Association and co-sponsored by NMSU, USDA-ARS, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas Tech University, West Texas A&M University, International Plant Nutrition Institute, National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants and the Texas Farm Bureau Texas Agriculture publication.

Registration and other information can be found on the TPPA Web site, http://tppa.tamu.edu/pae/2007/. Contact Bob Sasser, TPPA executive director, at
(936) 539-2349 or by e-mail at TPPA@consolidated.net for more information.