Session
Title: Crop Consultant Perspective
Date: Tue Jul 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moderator: Ernie Chappell
Independent Precision Ag Alliance

There is tremendous value in being a member of an industry peer group, but not all peer groups are created equal.  The Independent Precision Ag Alliance is a group of like-minded precision ag professionals that have been collaborating since 2010.  Hear about their journey to remain a peer group that is independent of a specific vendor while bringing excellent value to its members. 

DeImna Heiken (speaker)
President
Triangle Ag-Services
Fort Benton, MT 59442
US
Born and raised on a farm in northern Idaho, DeImna continued her education in production agriculture at the University of Idaho, where she earned a bachelors degree in plant science. She then moved to Montana and worked in the fertilizer and chemical industries, both in retail and as a Technical Service and Research Representative for a manufacturer. DeImna started Triangle Ag-Services as a crop consulting business in 1989 and it has grown into a family business that specializes in precision agricultural equipment, software and service especially for Montana. Triangle Ag-Services is based in Fort Benton, MT.
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Data Management: An Ag Retailer Perspective

Data Management for consulting".  Basically, how are consultants/service providers/advisors using on-farm data to help their clients?  What do you see from your perspective as some of the advantages/disadvantages to popular software platforms, big data, digital ag,

Amy Winstead (speaker)
Precision Ag Manager
AGRI-AFC, LLC
Decatur, AL 35609
US

Amy Winstead is the Chief Technology Officer for Agri-AFC, LLC a joint venture between Alabama Farmers Cooperative and Winfield Solutions. In this role she leads and coordinates Agri-AFC’s IT applications and the agriculture technology offerings for the Alabama Farmers Cooperative and Agri-AFC, LLC locations in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida. Prior to joining Agri-AFC, LLC in the fall of 2011, she worked for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as an Extension Agent with statewide responsibilities for Precision Agriculture. Amy received a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Agronomy and Soils with a Precision Agriculture emphasis from Auburn University. She and her husband Matt reside in north Alabama with their two boys.

Length (approx): 40 min
 
Financial Impacts of Subfield Variability

The presence and impacts of subfield variability are very well understood in precision agriculture. Creating data systems that help identify the impacts of subfield variability and deliver management solutions that react to variability are foundational to precision agricultural data services. The financial impacts of subfield variability, profit and return on investment, tend to receive less attention than yield and productivity. The reality is that subfield variability impacts on financial performance are significant, and understanding these impacts can often be more important for decision making than just look at yield or productivity. It has been documented that between 5%-20% of nearly every field is consistently not profitable. This session will provide an educational forum to look at three precision ag data outcomes leveraging subfield variability in financial performance to improve grower profitability: 1) describe the fundamental business impacts of subfield variability, 2) demonstrate how a wide range of existing precision ag data resources can be used for subfield business performance planning, and 3) deliver actual case studies where subfield business planning has created improved performance.

Dave Muth (speaker)
Vice President, Agronomic Planning & Sustainability
EFC Systems
Brentwood, TN 37027
US
Dr. Dave Muth VP of Agronomic Planning & Sustainability at EFC Systems. Inc. He and his colleagues at EFC Systems are developing precision data services for retail ag supporting agronomic planning and sustainability applications. David joined EFC Systems through the acquisition of AgSolver, an ag technology start-up he co-founded in 2013. David grew up on a family farm in North Central Iowa and currently supports the growing operation. David is trained as a mechanical engineer receiving his PhD from Iowa State University. Dr. David Muth is a co-founder at AgSolver Inc. located in Ames, IA. He and his partners at AgSolver are developing decision services for agronomic applications. David is using AgSolver's advanced data management and environmental process modeling technology to develop a suite of precision agriculture analysis and data services. David is focused on developing AgSolver’s Precision Business Planning approach to land management. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA, receiving a degree in physics and minor in mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Prior to joining AgSolver, David led a research team at Idaho National Laboratory working on bioenergy feedstock production and logistics analysis.
Length (approx): 40 min