Thousands of Midwest farmers and ranchers are expected to pass through the doors of the American Royal Complex this weekend for the 52nd annual Western Farm Show.
As farmers struggle to get more out of what they plant, the agri-business industry is stepping up to meet the challenge with technology. Rick Greene with MFA’s Precision Agronomy says the company will host a Saturday afternoon seminar that includes two farmers, one is a late comer to the precision agriculture movement while the other was an early adapter.
One gentleman has been “using precision agricultural practices since 1995, he’s going to give a little bit of an idea of where he’s at and what were some of the things he would do different.”
The second farmer started using the technology around 2003. According to Greene the demand continues to grow as farmers realize what kind of role it can play in their operation.
“Over the last five years we’ve seen a 30-percent increase in sales and service.”
Green says one of the challenges is just knowing where to start. The Saturday afternoon seminar will give farmers an opportunity to answer that by talking with farmers and other precision experts. The presentation will be held at 2:30 in the Wagstaff Theatre. MFA Precision Agronomy is located in booth 849 and 850 at the Western Farm Show.
Following is a list of the remaining seminars available:
Most workshops will be held in the Wagstaff Theatre inside the American Royal complex
Saturday, Feb. 23
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. NCBA’S Stockmanship and Stewardship Demonstration. (This demonstration is being held in the Scott Pavilion, adjacent to American Royal Complex).
1:30 p.m. “Are You Resistant to Weed Management?” by Dr. Jason Weirich, Dir. of Agronomy, MFA, Inc.
2:30 p.m. “Precision Planting” by Rick Greene, Dir. of MFA Precision Advantage
Sunday, Feb. 24
2:00 p.m. “Insect Control on Livestock and in Stored Grain” by Dennis H. Meyer and Rick Short with Central Life Sciences.