Session
Title: Spray Technology
Date: Tue Aug 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moderator: Jeremy W. Wilson
OK 2 Spray

Regulatory compliance in agricultural field operations is a growing burden for growers, who have to juggle an increasing number of Federal, state, and local regulations, as well as partner-imposed protocols, in their everyday operations. It’s becoming increasingly likely for a grower to unknowingly find themselves out of compliance with a regulation, despite their best stewardship efforts.

This talk presents the concept (and examples) of “OK to Spray” (and more generally, “OK to Apply” and “OK to Proceed”). This ongoing work emerges from AgGateway’s SPADE project as a proposal for the industry to standardize how to represent compliance-checking data in field operations.

The goal is to make it easier for growers and other industry participants to communicate and understand  when a field operation can happen, by determining repeatedly, as necessary during product (or service) application planning, preparation, and execution, whether there are any conditions that should prevent the field operation from taking place.

Andres Ferreyra (speaker)
Ag Connections, Inc.
1576 Killdeer Trail
Murray, KY 42071
US
270 435 4369
Born in Argentina, Andres has over 25 years of experience in technology R&D in the private sector and academia. Andres is an Electric /Electronic Engineer. He worked several years developing industrial instrumentation computers and weather satellite image processing systems as managing partner in Dexar, a company he co-owned. He later completed an MS in Agronomy / Agrometeorology and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (University of Florida) with a Minor in Computer Science. Andres joined Ag Connections in 2003, first as a consultant, prototyping various spatial data collection tools; and full-time since 2004, leading development of telemetry integration, remote data entry, and irrigation-related projects, as well as Ag Connections work in AgGateway, AEF, and other standards groups. Andres research interests include using mathematical techniques to develop user-friendly tools to help growers solve problems while keeping the data-handling
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Variable Rate Chemical Application

a reasonable progression to talk about how a vr prescription could also factor into the adaptive sprayer technology.

Joe Tevis (speaker)
Vis Consulting Inc.
5860 Opus Parkway
Minnetonka, MN 55343
US
952-426-4101
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Adaptive Sprayer Technology

An Adaptive Sprayer will continually monitor all information that is known about a prescribed application task including target, product to be applied, environmental conditions and sensitive adjacent areas.  The sprayer will anticipate needs and will actively adjust functional parameters such as boom height, spray pressure, droplet size, machine travel speed and path to ensure optimum spray characteristic at the time of spray release. To fully realize benefits of an Adaptive Sprayer, industry and agencies must agree on risk mitigation, the capabilities of the controlled parameters, and the integrity of verification protocols.  Consensus standards and organizational alignment will be central to accomplishing this work.

Todd Howatt (speaker)
Chief Engineer, Product Safety and Compliance
AGCO
Jackson, MN
US
Todd has been with AGCO for 11 years. He is currently the Chief Engineer of Product Safety and Compliance, AGCO Corporation in Jackson, MN. Todd received a BS in Agricultural Engineering Technology from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa. He is active within the technical committees of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Todd is presently the chair of the US TAG for ISO TC 23/SC 6 - Equipment for Crop Protection.
Length (approx): 40 min