Pre-Harvest Training on Precision Agriculture Technology Boosts Farmers' Productivity

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Martens Farms hosts two days of training in Hutchinson, Kansas, on precision agriculture technology with Ag Leader Tech Support specialists. Free sessions on Tues., Aug 15 cover harvest setup and training, EZ-Guide Plus, EZ-Steer, Insight DirectCommand, and SMS software. The Wed., Aug 16 training is $125 and features hands-on computer-based training on SMS Basic software. Participants will learn to use the software, see demonstrations of key features and techniques, and hear tips and solutions to common questions. Lunch is included both days. Bring your equipment for free firmware updates. Reservations are required by Sat., Aug 12 for either day. RSVP to 620-585-6761 or (toll-free) 877-585-6761, and see details at

It's good for farmers to head into harvest with all their equipment and software ready for action, and with new skills to make using it easier and more productive. Martens Farms and Ag Leader Tech Support specialists are providing two full days of precision ag technology training and harvest prep. These pre-harvest training sessions will be held in Hutchinson, KS, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Ag Leader equipment training on Tues., August 15 and hands-on SMS Basic software training on Wed., August 16.

Cost is free for equipment training, and $125 for the computer-based SMS Basic class. Lunch is provided both days, and sessions are open to both tech-savvy and new-comers. Participants are encouraged to bring their Ag Leader equipment for free firmware updates. Pre-registration is required to 620-585-6761 or (toll-free) 877-585-6761 by Sat., August 12. Details are at

According to Lorra Martens of Martens Farms, "It can be a challenge to learn precision farming tools quickly and keep up with new features or techniques -- that's why these sessions are designed to boost new and experienced users' skills, and also provide free equipment firmware upgrades in time for the harvest season."

Tues., Aug. 15 Precision Agriculture Equipment Training

This day covers general harvest setup, Insight DirectCommand, EZ-Guide Plus and EZ-Steer, and SMS software. The open workshop schedule for this day means people can come and go as needed. Ag Leader tech support specialists will answer questions and share tips and tricks. Basic and advanced topics will be covered, depending on interest.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM -- Harvest training and setup

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM -- DirectCommand training and setup

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM -- Lunch (provided)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM -- EZ-Guide Plus and EZ-Steer training

1:45 P M - 3:00 PM -- SMS software training

Wed., Aug. 16 SMS Basic Precision Farming Software Training

The Ag Leader SMS Basic class is hands-on, computer-based training to help new users get up and running with the software in time for harvest season and year-round. Ag Leader Technical Support specialists will teach participants to use the software, demonstrate features, share tips and answer questions. This class requires computer skills - basic Microsoft Windows commands will not be covered.

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM -- Basic SMS tools, importing files from yield monitors, creating and editing maps and map legends, and also printing maps, charts and summaries.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM -- Lunch (provided)

12:30 PM -- Downloading satellite imagery, creating boundaries, creating soil sampling regions, reading soil lab data, writing prescriptions, and questions and answers.

Free lunch will be provided to all participants on both days. Attendees are encouraged to bring their Ag Leader equipment for free firmware updates, then a demo of the new or enhanced features in that update. Registration is required by Aug. 12 to 620-585-6761 or (toll-free) 877-585-6761. See details at

About Martens Farms

Martens Farms specializes in sales and consulting on precision farming software and equipment from Ag Leader, Farm Works Software, Raven and Trimble. Jim and Lorra Martens run their Inman, Kansas business and their own farming operation by the "golden rules", including honesty, integrity, responsive service, and treating others as they would like to be treated. The Martens work with agricultural and livestock operations of all sizes and types, with the ultimate goal of improving profits and productivity.

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