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Too Soon to Plant


Too Soon To Plant …

Drones in Agriculture and Will The Heavy Rains Keep Falling?

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Randy Aberle, owner of Flying Ag, and Illinois State Climatologist, Dr. Jim Angel are the featured speakers at a Pre-Season Business Forum and lunch for farmers called Too Soon To Plant.  The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM on March 9th at Celebrations in Watseka.

Local business vendors will also be featured with displays before and after lunch.  Vendors include: Travel Discoveries, Flying Ag, WGFA Radio, U of I Extension, State Climatologist’s Weather Watchers, McCullough Implement, Healing Arts Massage, and Body and Balance Therapeutic Massage.  Representatives of the Ford Iroquois Farm Bureau will also be available.

There is no charge for admission or lunch, but reservations are necessary. To make reservations, call 779- 240 – 0897.  Farmers and their families, and anyone interested in the topics of the day are welcome! For those who would like to help build our Ag Scholarship Fund, a free-will donation will be gratefully accepted.

Dr. Jim Angel will focus his remarks on the heavy rains and why they happened. He’ll also address the question, “Is this a pattern to be concerned about?”  Following his presentation, Dr. Angel will be available for questions.  Dr. Angel has been the Illinois State Climatologist since 1997 and began work at the Illinois State Water Survey in 1984. He has a broad interest in all things related to weather and climate, including droughts, floods, winter storms, heat waves, tornadoes, and long-term climate change (past, present, and future). He has worked on a number of research projects looking at drought, extreme rainfall events, Great Lakes storms, 19th and 20th century climate change, potential future climate change, as well as the impacts of weather and climate extremes.

Randy Aberle, will cover the topic of agricultural drones.  Aberle is co-owner of Flying Ag, a company that sells multi rotor and fixed wing drones primarily to the agricultural market.  He will be available as an exhibitor before and after the luncheon program, as well as for questions immediately following his presentation.  Aberle’s love for farming started at a young age and continues today on RA Farms on the outskirts of Gibson City.  He relies on technology in his own farming operation using variable rate planting and input applications. Aberle has also integrated aerial imaging into his operation. He has been flying his fields for the last 4-5 years, which has allowed him to be able to pinpoint problem areas due to crop damage, nutrient deficiencies, and insects in early stages.

Flying AG is a technology company deeply rooted in agriculture and committed to helping farmers and growers improve real-time practices and gain financially by using unmanned aerial systems to monitor crop production in real time. The company was launched by a group of successful farmers and growers from across the U.S. who work to help other farmers with large and small operations decide what to use, who to trust and where to go in this huge space of unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology.

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