|Welcome to this 1998 special issue on precision agriculture. We have much going on at Iowa State University in precision agriculture--and we look forward to sharing some of this information with you in this issue. We hope this newsletter will be a resource for you in your work in precision agriculture. Last year's issue was so popular that we had to make a second printing! What we have for you in this issue is just a sampling of what is happening at ISU. But there's more going on! Don't hesitate to contact us for additional information or help.
We have a lot to share with you about our ongoing research statewide. Our research staff from the College of Agriculture and field staff in extension are making inroads in answering some of the tough, emerging questions about precision agriculture. They are busy on campus and in locations across the state.
And we're providing opportunities for you to connect with our precision agriculture knowledge. You can attend a field day and see some of our research results and equipment first-hand--we've included a schedule. And our new cooperative-effort practical precision agriculture workshops (MIMC) may be coming soon to a location near where you live.
We have a College of Agriculture Precision Agriculture Issue Team, including members from campus, producers, other colleges, and industry and extension field staff. Some of our members' work is presented in this issue. If this group can be of help to you, let us know. We also are interested in your ideas. Tell us how ISU can address some of the problems that you are facing in precision agriculture. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 515-294-1923.
The ideas presented in this issue are important to Iowa agriculture--and we at ISU are pleased to be a part of it. We do not have all the answers, but through strong partnerships and support from farmers, industry, and others, together we all can make a difference.
Joyce Dolan, field scout for Nashua
project, recording field observations
on a computer.