A growing number of beef producers want what many row-crop farmers already have: The convenience, versatility and cost savings of precision farming. Now a few of them have it, thanks to the work of Alabama Extension educators.

With funding provided by the Alabama Cattlemen's Association and the 50¢ beef checkoff, Extension educators Ken Kelley, Josh Elmore and Olin "Buck" Farrior provided three southwest Alabama producers with global positioning system (GPS) devices.

The increasingly affordable GPS technology associated with precision farming has enabled row-crop producers to plant, spray and harvest their crops with virtual pinpoint accuracy. The result is dramatic cost savings for many.

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