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Northeast in West Point to offer precision ag training classes

Northeast in West Point to offer precision ag training classes

WEST POINT – Northeast Community College in West Point will offer a series of precision agriculture training sessions, taught via ITV, beginning soon.

Decisions Driven by Data: Utilize the Power of Your Data to Make Informed Decisions (AGRI 5125/19S & CRN #70124) will be held Thursday, January 24, from 6-9 p.m. in Room 219 of the West Point extended campus, 202 Anna Stalp Avenue.

Taught via distance learning, this session will help participants understand how to utilize data to drive their decisions making processes in an objective way. By making decisions based on collected data, producers will become more attuned to the needs of their crops and livestock. Topics covered include: how to spread the cost of data over multiple years, how to utilize data to help make objective decisions, sources of data that make a sizable impact on the bottom line, how to determine the primary factors that influence profit on an operation, how to organize data to be better used in the decision making process, tools available to analyze operation data and help in the decision making process, services available to help with data driven decision making and incorporating multi-year data into the decision process.

Precision Agriculture Implementation: The Right Way For You (AGRI 5130/19S & CRN #70127) will meet Tuesday, February 5, from 6-9 p.m. in the same location.

Taught via distance learning, this training on precision agriculture evaluation will help participants determine what management practices are right for their operations. Topics covered will include: what is precision agriculture, the impacts of precision agriculture on an operation, what questions to ask when determining the right match for operations, steps to implements the right plan and new equipment vs. modifying current equipment.

Variable Rate Irrigation: Possibly the Best Money You Can Spend (AGRI 5135/19S & CRN #70130) will meet Thursday, February 21, from 6-9 in the same location.

Taught via distance learning, this precision agriculture technology training will help participants address natural resources concerns while having a direct impact on the bottom line. Topics covered will include: reduced water usage, increased overall crop health, reduced movement of nitrates through the soil due to reduced puddling during irrigation, reducing the number of rounds pivots make during the season, reducing variability in crop health across the field, utilization of soil moisture probes and uses, and statutes regarding water meter installation.

Cost of each session, with Lonny Mitchell the instructor, is $30.

To register, call Northeast Community College in West Point at (402) 372-2269.

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