STRATFORD, Calif. — The evolution of precision agriculture in San Joaquin Valley agriculture has unfolded at annual University of California Cooperative Extension Precision Agriculture Field Days on the Ted Sheely Farm here.

The third one is scheduled for Aug. 5 at Sheely’s farm on the West side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Sheely has turned his farm into a grand scale precision agriculture experiment and from that has come major changes in row crop farming in the valley using precision ag and variable rate technology.

The morning session from 8:30 a.m. until noon will include:

-- Discussions on grower applications of precision agriculture. -- Economic analysis for cost returns of precision equipment.

-- A presentation on weed control opportunities.

-- Presentations on grower experiences using variable rate technology.

-- Industry updates on available precision ag services to SJV producers.

Precision agriculture equipment will also be on display. Equipment representatives for variable rate applicators, guidance systems and cotton yield monitors will be available to answer questions.

An end of season update and fall outlook for cotton harvest will finish the morning discussions. Equipment displays and information booths will be available until 2 p.m. A free lunch will be served.

Application has been made for continuing education credits.

The location for the field day is on Nevada Avenue four miles south of Stratford, Calif. Take Hwy 41 to Nevada Avenue (4 miles south of Stratford), West on Nevada Avenue 4.5 miles to field site. Look for tents and equipment.

For additional information contact University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisors Steve Wright in Tulare County (559) 685-3309 Ext. 215 or Bruce Roberts in Kings County (559) 582-3211 Ext. 2730

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