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Panels to Talk GPS Use at Empire Farm Days

Wondering who is using GPS (global positioning systems) technology on their farm? Seventeen (17) farmers from across New York State will share their experiences with precision farming at the August 11-13, 2009 Empire Farm Days. Daily 2:30 pm panel presentations will feature at least five different farmers each day of the agricultural showcase event held at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls. GPS systems can be used for any number of farming tasks from field scouting, planting, fertilizing, and spraying to harvesting, data collection and yield and weed mapping. The daily 2:30 discussions at Empire Farm Days will explore the details of precision agriculture and how the farmer panelists use GPS-equipped tractors, combines and other equipment to improve their lives and businesses. Panelists will talk about the types of GPS equipment they use – from base stations and antennas to auto-steering and hands-free guidance. On Tuesday, August 11, the GPS panel includes:… Todd Dumond of Union Springs… Adrian Grammar of Geneva… Chris Hansen of McCormick Farms, Bliss… Rob Logsdon of Swede Farms, Pavilion… Dave Russell of Sparta Farms, Dansville, and… Andrew Wright of Hansen Farms, Stanley. On Wednesday, August 12, the GPS panel farmers include:… Donn Branton of Leroy… Travis Brockelbank of Brock Acres, Canandaigua… Greg Cummings of McCormick Farms, Bliss… John Fleming of Hardie Farms, Groton… Adrian Grammar of Geneva, and… Todd Roberts of Medina. The Thursday, August 13 GPS panelists will be:… Roger and Scott Arliss of Pit Farm, Clyde… Adrian Grammar of Geneva… Brad McCauley of Merrimac Farms, Mount Morris… Larry Stinson of Tug Edge Farms, Adams… Kurt Van Ness of Austic Farms, Interlaken, and… Matt Young of Will-O-Crest Farms, Clifton Springs. The panels will take place in the Special Events Center (Lot #601) at the 300-acre event site at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. The 2009 Empire Farm Days event also includes the daily 10 am to 2 pm opportunity to hands-on test drive tractors equipped with GPS technology. For more details, contact Empire Farm Days Manager Melanie Wickham, 877-697-7837, mwickham@empirefarmdays.com.

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