Search for Excellence in Crop Production

Mary Griffith
Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Ohio State University Extension

Griffith, M.*1, , Barker, F.*2, , Douridas, A.*3, , Ford, K.*4, , Fulton, J.*5, , Hamman, W.*6, , Hawkins, E.*7,
1 Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension, London, OH, 43140
2 Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio State University Extension, Mt. Vernon, OH, 43050
3 Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio State University Extension, Urbana, OH, 43078
4 Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio State University Extension, Washington Court House, OH, 43160
5 Professor, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210
6 Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio State University Extension, Piketon, OH, 45661
7 Extension Field Specialist and Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Extension, Wilmington, OH, 45177

The Ohio State University Extension’s Digital Ag Team has been hosting an annual workshop focused on Precision Ag called Precision U since 2017. Each year’s program focuses on a different theme with the educational objective of delivering research-based information to improve participants’ knowledge on technology and equipment in order to enhance on-farm decision-making and crop performance.

This program has been held in-person annually from 2017-2020. A total of over 530 participants have attended the annual in-person Precision U programs. In 2021 Precision U was adapted to a virtual format due to COVID-19. This year’s theme was Tackling Spring Operations with Reduced Working Days. Four live sessions were held on a weekly basis over Zoom webinar, with recordings available to registrants who were unable to attend live sessions. The virtual format enabled more widespread participation with attendees logging on from 50 Ohio counties, 17 states, and 4 nations. Total registration for all four online programs offered in 2021 was 989 with a total attendance at the live sessions of 515. The recorded sessions have 551 views to date .