Title: IoT : Ag Sensors
Date: Tue Jul 23, 2019
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: Christopher Boomsma
2M Acre AgTech Testbed: Developing the Wabash Heartland as a Global Epicenter of Digital Agriculture

Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) is a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to develop the region into a global epicenter of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors. In this talk, I will present WHIN’s unique approach of developing an innovation ecosystem in the region that accelerates technology adoption by farmers, attracts entrepreneurs and technology partners, and supports world-class research and education.

Johnny Park (speaker)
Johnny is CEO of Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN), a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to develop the region into a global epicenter of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors. Prior to WHIN, Johnny founded, scaled and led a successful exit of an agriculture technology company, Spensa, focused on smart IoT devices and data analytics to help growers better manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds and disease. Spensa was named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups in 2017. Before Spensa, Johnny was a faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where his research spanned various topics on robotics, machine learning and sensor networks. Johnny received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees all from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.
Length (approx): 40 min
The Real-Life Case for IoT. Get ROI in One Crop Cycle - How Smart Soil Moisture Data Helps Farmers Grow More, with Less.

Sensoterra is a proud member of the LoRa Alliance and has been as a real-life case for LoRaWAN. Sesnsoterra empowers better decision making for land management with smart soil moisture measurements. As a world leader in wireless soil moisture sensor solutions, Sensoterra's data-driven LoRaWAN solutions optimize land and freshwater resources for agricultural use. Today, there are more than 5,000 Sensoterra sensors in the ground, in over 20 countries. Learn how growers from around the world are working with Sensoterra to reach maximum yield - with cases ranging from greenhouses in the Netherlands, to grain fields in Canada, and orchards in the USA. Grow more, waste less...

Jurriaan Ruys (speaker)
Jurriaan is CEO and co-founder of Sensoterra, an IoT soil moisture sensor company. He is also CEO of Land Life, a global nature reforestation company. Previously, Jurriaan was a chemical engineer at Shell, partner at McKinsey & Company and COO at Eneco (sustainable energy company). He lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with his wife and three children.
Length (approx): 20 min
Value Examples of IoT

How you can onboard your farm, -- profit-making examples utilizing IoT

Michael Gomes (speaker)
VP Business Development
Topcon Agriculture
Livermore, CA 94551
Michael has been active in the industry of precision agriculture for more than 23 years with a career's experience of helping farmers resolve challenges in the field applying electronics and technology for improved efficiency and optimized operation. As Vice President of Business Development IoT for Topcon Agriculture, his responsibilities include working between the global sales, product development and marketing teams to formulate business strategy and implement strategic alliances and projects globally. His personal work experience includes utilizing various sensing technologies; optical, sonic, and positioning integrated with machine control to automate and streamline functionality from Planting through Harvest. He is a co-inventor on patents in auto steering, sensors and user-interface. Michael is also a founding member of the Ag Data Coalition, an inter-industry collaboration in the form of a non-profit organization striving to help farmers with data and its opportunities. As a native of California, he has familiarity with various aspects of specialty and horticultural crop production and irrigation technologies. Michael holds a B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; MBA from Golden Gate University, graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program and has also been recognized as a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He and his wife Kara have a daughter and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and cattle ranching in their spare time.
Brady Bjornson (speaker)
Product Manager
Topcon Agriculture
Edgerton, WI, NA 53534
Brady is leading the charge in cutting edge precision agriculture product development by using his Minnesota farmer intuition, global product experience and desire to improve producer profitability. As Senior Product Manager for Topcon Agriculture, Brady works on creating sensors, scales and sprayer technology solutions that have an immediate impact on a farm’s return on investment. He manages the relationship between OEM’s and growers to work with engineering and marketing within Topcon Agriculture to provide equitable solutions which have real impact on the grower’s bottom line. By driving improvements in section control, VRC, auto-guidance, scales, and telemetry, growers can make every dollar count through cost savings as well as improved yield potential. Brady holds a B.S. Degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from South Dakota State University. He is a member of the Precision Agriculture Advisory Panel at South Dakota State University and is published in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. In addition to directing cross functional teams in building new product business cases as well as managing engineering specs and product schedules, Brady owns and manages a 1,500 head lamb feedlot and commercial hay operation in Southwest Minnesota as well as farms 250 acres of small grains and canola in the eastern Red River Valley where he grew up.
Length (approx): 40 min
The Real-Life Case for IoT. How Smart Data Integration Improves Crop Understanding & Yield

The Internet of Things isn't as hard as it's made out to be. Growers across the world are installing simple, easy to use, IoT sensors in their fields - collecting millions of data points. How they use the data is the not-so-secret-sauce for optimal yield. Sensoterra partner Matt Murray, of Process Tech Ag is integrating smart data from multiple sources, to get the most production from fields across the California Central Valley region. Find out the results of his work, and learn key takeaways to take to your fields.

Matt Murray (speaker)
Process Tech Ag
Matt Murray has a degree in Information Systems. He has been in the technology field for 15 years and has been around agriculture for most of his life. Matt is now combining his passion for technology with his ag background to create Process Tech Ag, an ag technology integrator that helps drive better decisions, increase yields, and decrease inputs through better information and visibility.
Length (approx): 20 min