Webinar Series on New Technology and Sustainability

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and the United Soybean Board (USB) offer a series of three educational webinars designed to help soybean farmers understand how new technology and effective data management can help improve the sustainability of their farming operation. As more customers of U.S. soybeans demand sustainably-produced products, it’s important for all soybean farmers to consider practices on their farm that will meet those demands. Successful use of new technology and on-farm data management can play a key role in the sustainable production of U.S. soybeans and demonstrating that sustainability to our customers.

Webinar #1 – Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation

Feb. 19, 2018

This first webinar is presented by Joe Luck, Ph.D., associate professor of biological systems engineering and a precision agriculture engineer at the University of Nebraska. Data collection, analysis and benchmarking are essential to achieving and sustaining continuous improvement in the production of soybeans. Dr. Luck discusses the various tools and techniques required to establish a valid data benchmarking program. Using examples of data applications from farm research studies focused on soybeans, he shows how data can be used to gather knowledge to improve production and build a more sustainable farming operation.

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Webinar #2 – Tech and Data Tools to Improve Growing Season Management Practices

March 29, 2018

Effective and efficient management of in-season pests is critical to maintaining a successful and sustainable farming operation. Current and future technology tools and strategies are leading to better management of these pests. Two leading researchers discuss their work and findings on the topic in this informative webinar.

Part 1: Disease Management and Precision: Improving Fungicide Efficacy and Yield

Presented by: Emmanuel Byamukama, Ph.D., Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science at South Dakota State University

Plant disease development requires specific environmental conditions within a field, a reason for variation in disease severity across the field. However, fungicide application (seed or foliar) is traditionally done for the entire field. Precision agriculture tools, including satellite imagery and drone images, can now help pinpoint problematic areas in the field to scout and plan a timely fungicide application only to affected areas. This presentation shares how these tools are being used to determine white mold development in South Dakota, as well as some other plant diseases.

Part 2: In-Season Spray Application: Technology for Improved Accuracy, Efficacy and Stewardship

Presented by: Ajay Sharda, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Precision Ag/Machine Systems Engineer Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University

Product and practice decisions are critical to ensuring spray applications are on target and efficacious. This presentation addresses the technology side of in-season application, from variable rate technology selection and droplet size and pressure uniformity. Dr. Sharda also discusses the importance of calibrated nozzles and achieving correct spacing.

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Information on future technology-focused webinars will be posted to this web page.