No. 11 Article 1/June 9, 2006

Upcoming GPS Conference Takes Producers to Infinity and Beyond

Everything from the economics of GPS to handheld technology and the management of yield data will be covered at "GPS in Agriculture--Guiding You to the Future," a daylong conference Friday, June 23, at the Interstate Center in Bloomington, Illinois.

The program features presentations that will provide an economic evaluation and broad overview of available GPS technologies. Demonstrations will offer hands-on experience to answer application questions.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation by Terry Griffin of Purdue University on "The 'Dollar$ and Sense' of GPS in Agriculture," a discussion of the economic impact of various assisted-guidance and autoguidance technologies. Other speakers include William "Rudy" Rudolph of Mid-Tech, who will speak about the status of GPS technology in agriculture in "Where in the World Is the GPS Industry Today?" Qin Zhang, University of Illinois professor of agricultural and biological engineering, will present "To Infinity and Beyond--Technology: What Is on the Horizon?" Zhang's research has focused on the future use of GPS technologies in agriculture.

Concurrent sessions, to be repeated twice, will be offered as well:

Industry presentations and field demonstrations will round out the conference, which ends at 5:00 p.m.

Pete Fandel, University of Illinois Extension educator in crop systems in Woodford County, suggests, "If you've been considering adding autoguidance or GPS data collection technology to your tractor or combine, then you won't want to miss this opportunity to actually 'test' drive and compare several of these equipment options at this conference."

The deadline for registration is June 16. The $15 registration fee includes lunch, breaks, and handouts. To register, contact the McLean County Extension Unit at (309)663-8306.

The conference is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and the McLean County Farm Bureau.--Jay Solomon

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