Session
Title: Scouting Reloaded
Date: Wed Aug 4, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: James Brehm

Scouting fields maintains its importance as an in-season activity, but what are the challenges of covering the acres for modern farm operations. We will look at leveraging precision tools to extend a scout’s coverage and how to organize the data into action.

Intra-Canopy Sensing with AI for Crop Stress Determination

Technology is augmenting the technical expertise of certified crop advisors and extending their capacity to scout more acres of cropland and generate more accurate recommendations for agricultural producers. Researchers at Ohio State are making significant progress toward development of an end-to-end system solution capable of extracting and analyzing intra-canopy images to assess crop stress. This system is derived from commercial off-the-shelf components that serve as building blocks that can easily be transitioned between aerial and ground-based platforms.   

Scott Shearer (speaker)
Professor and Chair
Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
Columbus, OH 43210
US

Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Ohio State in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State. Highlights of his research career include development of controls for metering and spatial applying crop inputs, modeling of agricultural field machinery, autonomous field machinery, and strategies for deployment of sUAS in agriculture. He has lead research supported by over $15M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications; and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
MFA’s Crop Trak Program- Utilizing Technology to Provide Agronomic Solutions

Kaitlin will be speaking about MFA’s Crop Trak Program and how MFA’s Crop Consultants utilize technology to increase efficiency while scouting and provide a superior service to their clients.  

Kaitlin Flick (speaker)
District Agronomist
MFA Incorporated
Columbia, MO, NA 65201
US

Kaitlin Flick is District Agronomist with MFA-Inc. Kaitlin is originally from Pleasant Hill, Missouri and attended college at the University of Missouri to study Plant Sciences. Kaitlin began her career with MFA as a crop consultant and became a District Agronomist in 2019 where she covers Central & West Central Missouri training and developing crop consultants and local agronomist. Kaitlin currently resides in Boonville, Missouri where she runs a small cattle herd and is active on the Cooper County MU Extension Board.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Using Drones in North Dakota Agriculture

Trials and tribulations of using drones as a tool to make decisions in retail agronomy.

Justin Knott (speaker)
Agronomy Manager
The Arthur Companies Inc

BS, Agronomy, U of MN - Crookston
MS, Entomology, North Dakota State University
15 years grain and agronomy roles with The Arthur Companies

Length (approx): 10 min
 
A Maturing Industry: It’s Not About the Hardware Anymore

Gordon Moore’s famous law that “power” of computer chips doubles about every two years seems to apply to what you can get with off-the-shelf drones, as well. Just this month DJI released an under $1,000 drone that can take precision ag photos. As a maturing industry, more and more vendors are utilizing cheap, out-of-the-box drones and leaving the heavy weight investments to building supreme analytics. AgroScout has followed this paradigm. This group of vendors optimizes data collection with drone APIs. This strategy has allowed companies to build out layers of detection from planting to harvest at very low cost per acre.   

Simcha Shore (speaker)
CEO and Founder
ArgoScout

Simcha is first a family man and father of four.  Simcha is also a 20-year veteran of the security sector where he designed and managed multiple remote sensing platforms.  Five years ago Simcha decided to use his knowledge in remote sensing for agriculture and founded AgroScout. Simcha holds a Master’s degree. 

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Scouting Reloaded Panel
Scott Shearer (speaker)
Professor and Chair
Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
Columbus, OH 43210
US

Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Ohio State in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State. Highlights of his research career include development of controls for metering and spatial applying crop inputs, modeling of agricultural field machinery, autonomous field machinery, and strategies for deployment of sUAS in agriculture. He has lead research supported by over $15M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications; and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Kaitlin Flick (speaker)
District Agronomist
MFA Incorporated
Columbia, MO, NA 65201
US

Kaitlin Flick is District Agronomist with MFA-Inc. Kaitlin is originally from Pleasant Hill, Missouri and attended college at the University of Missouri to study Plant Sciences. Kaitlin began her career with MFA as a crop consultant and became a District Agronomist in 2019 where she covers Central & West Central Missouri training and developing crop consultants and local agronomist. Kaitlin currently resides in Boonville, Missouri where she runs a small cattle herd and is active on the Cooper County MU Extension Board.

Justin Knott (speaker)
Agronomy Manager
The Arthur Companies Inc

BS, Agronomy, U of MN - Crookston
MS, Entomology, North Dakota State University
15 years grain and agronomy roles with The Arthur Companies

Simcha Shore (speaker)
CEO and Founder
ArgoScout

Simcha is first a family man and father of four.  Simcha is also a 20-year veteran of the security sector where he designed and managed multiple remote sensing platforms.  Five years ago Simcha decided to use his knowledge in remote sensing for agriculture and founded AgroScout. Simcha holds a Master’s degree. 

Length (approx): 40 min