2018 Precision Ag Conference kicks off Tuesday afternoon
More than 40 speakers will make presentations during the two-day event
By Diego Flammini
Farmers, ag innovators and retailers are in London, Ont. for two days for the fifth annual Farms.com Precision Agriculture Conference & Ag Tech Showcase.
Joe Dales, Vice President of Farms.com, officially opens the Farms.com Precision Ag Conference.
More than 40 guest speakers will be on hand during the two-day event to engage with farmers and give them insight into the latest inventions and breakthroughs in precision ag.
But there is one presentation that some are especially looking forward to.
Norbert Beaujot and Trent Meyer, the president and executive vice-president of DOT Technologies, will be introducing DOT’s autonomous farming system to Ontario for the first time.
And conference attendees are excited about how autonomous farming can improve efficiency in the fields.
“I’m excited to hear about DOT, I think there’s some real potential there to make things a little easier on the farm,” Chris Hunt, an agronomy solutions specialist with Thompsons Limited, told Farms.com today. “I’m looking forward to hearing how it works and how farmers can implement that technology.”
Dave Petheram, GPS Division manager with Premier Equipment, echoes Hunt’s sentiments.
“I’m excited to see the DOT presentation and catch a little of the buzz around it,” he told Farms.com. “It’s always great to get a look at some of the new technology and what’s coming down the pipeline.”
The conference features more than 30 exhibitors, all ready to network with farmers and showcase their latest products and innovations.
As an exhibitor, Petheram is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and networking with potential clients.
“It’s a great opportunity to see some people we haven’t talked to in a while and to see what they’ve been up to,” he said. “It’s also a good chance to meet new farmers and see how we might be able to help them.”
And some attendees are hoping to absorb as much information as they can.
“We’re trying to figure out how to get production costs down for farmers, so I’m looking forward to hearing about how some of the technology here can help us do that,” said Jeremy Nash, a representative with Setterington’s Fertilizer Service.
The Precision Ag Conference runs until Jan. 31.
Not at the conference but still want to follow along? Use the hashtag #Pag18 on social media to get the latest updates from the show.