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ISPA Newsletter 7(9) September 2019: PA in Scotland, Alabama PA, Upcoming Events, Jobs, 15th ICPA Call for Papers
Oct 3, 2019
Call for Papers
Online abstract submission for the 15th ICPA is open at https://www.ispag.org/abstracts.
We invite you to submit an abstract for the 15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. Instructions and a list of program topics is available at the conference home page, https://www.ispag.org/icpa
Abstract length must be in the range 300-500 words with no figures, references or tables. Authors of accepted abstracts will be entitled to present their research at the Conference after payment of registration fees. They will also be entitled to submit full papers (more details later) for the Conference Proceedings in February of 2020. Conference Proceedings will be published on the website and will be available after the conference.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 NOV 2019. Questions pertaining to abstract submissions should be addressed to abstracts@ispag.org.
PA in Scotland
A recent telephone survey of wheat and potato producers in Scotland showed:
  • 99% of the farmers contacted are aware of precision agriculture technology.
  • 34% of the potato producers and 28% of wheat producers surveyed use Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) guidance.
  • 52% of wheat producers and 27% of potato producers use variable rate nitrogen (VRN).
  • In the next 5 to 10 years 52% of the farmers plan to adoption variable rate seeding.
More information on the survey done by the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) can be found at:
ISPA Treasurer Delivers Keynote at Alabama Precision Agriculture Workshop
By: Dr. Brenda Ortiz, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
Alabama Precision Ag Workshop
The Auburn University Precision Agriculture team hosted the 2019 Alabama Precision Agriculture Workshop July 30 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama. In all 71 attendees interacted in day-long activities. Several ISPA members were instrumental in planning the workshop and delivering content. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, Auburn University, and her team organized the workshop. The keynote address was given by ISPA Treasurer Dr. Terry Griffin of Kansas State University. Griffin discussed “Value of farm data within & beyond farmgate: Who should invest in ag technology?” Along with challenging the participants’ thinking regarding the value of farm data, Griffin shared the newly adopted official definition of precision agriculture adopted by the ISPA. Upon being asked what his favorite portion of the workshop Griffin responded “Being from the southern United States, I always enjoy returning to the South to witness how precision agricultural technology adoption and utilization has progressed since my last visit. It’s exciting to see the momentum that farmers from Alabama and across the southeastern United States have built along with their service providers.”

The morning breakout concurrent sessions of the workshop were led by faculty from Midwest and Southeast universities working on precision agriculture and members of ISPA: Dr. Ajay Sharda, Kansas State University; Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, University of Florida; Dr. Kendall Kirk, Clemson University; Dr. Joe Luck, University of Nebraska; and Dr. Brenda Ortiz, Auburn University. The morning presentations covered topics of precision planting, irrigation, nutrient management, data management, remote sending and robotics. From these topics, participants indicated they learn the most from the presentations focused on: Drones Applications in Agriculture and Precision Weed Management, precision irrigation, and variable rate nitrogen application for cotton.
The afternoon program was led by Alabama Precision Agriculture service providers such as Agri-AFC, SunSouth that is one of the John Deere dealers in Alabama, Vantage South that represents Trimble, Precision Planting, 360 Yield Center among other companies, Climate FieldView, Pinnacle Agriculture. Along with some of these companies, Lindsay’s FieldNet advisor, and Trellis, a new soil sensors company based in Atlanta, Georgia were also present at the Exhibit Hall.
Dr. Brenda Ortiz
Upcoming Events
21-22 SEP 2020
3rd Infer Symposium on Agri-Tech Economics for Sustainable Futures
Newport, United Kingdom
8-10 DEC 2020
Virtual 1st African Conference on Precision Agriculture
Marrakech, Morocco 
15-16 DEC 2020
Virtual InfoAg Conference
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
3-4 FEB 2021
5th International Conference on Agricultural and Food Engineering (CAFEi2020) and 13th International FRUTIC 2020 Symposium
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
19-22 JUL 2021
ECPA Conference
Budapest, Hungary
3 AUG 2021
NUE Workshop
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
23-26 AUG 2021
European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming
Vienna, Austria
22-24 SEP 2021
PHAB 2021
The Hague, The Netherlands
OCT 2021
Second Latin American Congress of Precision Agriculture
Cordoba, Argentina
26-29 JUN 2022
15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture
Minneapolis, MN, USA
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