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Thank you to the Ontario Vegetable Processors Association for inviting me to speak to your group at the 2012 Convention. This blog entry is a link to some of the comments made during my presentation today and a link to a list of interesting apps that I have either downloaded, tested or feel are interesting to others. The main focus is on Mobility, Connectivity and Productivity. So I invite you to explore the available technology and judge against those three criteria. I have also listed a bunch of "really neat, but maybe too regional for my users" apps that I have checked out over the last couple of months. Avoid them if you do not want to bother, or give them a look and let me know if you think they have merit for Canadian users. My advice is to get something and try everything. Apps are relativley cheap to acquire and only you can tell if it will be useful to you. Do not think of this as a forever purchase. If you plan to get a year out of it, you will be prepared for the fast paced changes. The rule is keep updated to get the most out of any software. This is true of traditional as well as app-based software.
When I dropped off some of our display materials last weekend in preparation for the first ever Veg Tech Show Sept 1,2 and 3 2011 I was impressed with the site! The organizers have pulled out all stops to make both the hort/veg industry visitor, the consumer visitor and the exhibitors most welcome. More than anything I was impressed anew with the beauty of the area. Now that I have made the trek from Oxford County to Norfolk County several times throughout setup and now the show I have been treated to the following wonders:
AgTech GIS thanks Robinson Farms, Courtland for the lending us the TM140, fully kitted out with AgLeader Integra and OnTrac2 Steering system. What a pleasure it is to have an enthusiastic customer join us to talk about how these precision ag tools work for their operation.
Always learning! This summer I have attended the AgLeader Academy for the dealer training on 200 level GPS and Steering. Instructors Jordan and Seth gave us the run through on all of the newest updates to the OnTrac2 and Paradyme systems to hit the fields this year. With over 700 vehicles supported by the OnTrac2 and all the new Paradyme kits, there was a lot to cover. The focus is always hands on so the ride and drive to practice calibrating the systems was a big hit. Fortunately for all concerned I was riding, not driving.
By the time I get back from my combined InfoAg, Peer Group Meeting, AgLeader Training week and a half, I will have spent a total of only 6 hours in the air but 8 hours on airport shuttles, 24 hours in the airport waiting for, delayed by, or in between flights and another hour or so in various taxis. It does give one a chance to think.These comments have nothing to do with precision ag but I just had to share the following:
The 2011 InfoAgConference does not disappoint those who are involved with agricultural GIS, field mapping, data management and the latest technologies. From ag apps for iPad and smartphones to remote sensing imagery analysis and direct links from the cab to the office, this conference is not about the iron, but the core of precision ag which is, was and ever shall be about the information. This blog post is a snapshot of the things I learned on Day 1.
Every season is farm show season from the full fall feast of Canada's Outdoor Farm Show to South West Ag, London Farm Show, the new Veg Tech X-change, grower days and supplier showcases galore. I know I enjoy the opportunity to see long time customers and the chance to make new ones and there is nothing like a bit of carnival atmosphere to make tractors shinier and sales pitches sweet as cotton candy. You just have to admire the effort the exhibitors exhibit. But I worry when I hear information that is about as substantial as the pink stuff.
The dying days of December is one of my favourite times of the year. My organized self manages to come out of hibernation for a flurry of file sorting and frenzy of data archiving. I sometimes even dust. With yield mapping services put to bed and usually a gap in soil sampling activity, there is time to review the year's work. The moving of files from this year to archive locations puts a lot of interesting filenames under the mouse.