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Precision agriculture workshop held in Shacklefords

Approximately 60 people attended a precision agriculture workshop on Feb. 23 at Nick’s Spaghetti & Steak House in Shacklefords.

Extension agent David Moore said the program included information for farmers about nutrient management, precision ag technology on the farm, and an industry perspective.

Two speakers addressed using drones for agricultural purposes, Moore said, one a farmer from Essex and the other from a Newport News company that manufactures drones. The remote-controlled aerial units can provide surveillance and specific information about what condition the fields are in. The program also included updates about grid and zone management and other tools that can assist with farm management. Mark Reiter, an Extension specialist, spoke about site specific sampling and the importance of soil sampling. Another speaker addressed some of the newer equipment that’s available, which Moore said allows for more precise calculations and data recording while farmers wor...

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