Big Brother Fred is watching!

Jammie Wutzke
CPS Tangent

We are excited to launch a new vehicle and asset tracking system at Tangent. This will enable our staff to accurately track our vehicles, helping the dispatching staff more effectively manage deliveries. With this technology we are striving to elevate our service, to better meet our growers needs.

Spring Fertilizer

Curt Dannen
CPS Tangent

Spring fertilizer season has started! Our branch has been working hard all winter in preparation for another successful year of taking care of your farm product & service needs.  We have already moved quite a bit of fertilizer during our latest dry spell in February, so we are getting "warmed up" and working the bugs out of the systems. Our goal is to get our customer's the best, quality product, as quickly as possible. I have always said it means very little if 'we' think we have the best service. It only matters if 'you' believe we have the best service. Let us know if we are not meeting your expectations.
On another note, we are asking for your help on a few important things:
1. Many of you order "custom" blends for certain crops or fields. Unfortunately we do not have enough room to store returns on the many "custom" blends that are sold each season. Try and order what you need. You may return common blends, such as 16-16-16, 40-0-0-6, etc. We appreciate you helping us out on this request.
2. Remember to secure your loads well, to prevent a possible hazardous spill along roadways. These accidents can become extremely expensive when a HazMat crew is dispatched. Pass this on to all your employees as well.
3. Please slow down when entering our facility. Keeping speeds down to 15mph or slower will help insure we do not have any serious vehicle/pedestrian accidents. Also, approach our scale slowly and do not jam on your brakes while moving onto the scale. We have had problems with this, and our scale has actually been knocked off of its "stands" in the past. A repair takes several hours.
Thanks and have a very safe and successful year.

Oregon State FFA Convention March 22nd -25th of March

Tangent CPS

As supporters of FFA we would like to pass the word that the State Convention will be held at Oregon State this year.  See Below.

Ever have one of those days? Repair is near.

Joe Moade
CPS Tangent

Recently I did. 

 As I was opening my passenger door my I Pad slid out and perfectly landed face down on the screen.    Luckily I was able to find a local repair shop.  Fix My Gadget was able to replace the front glass and get me back up and running for a reasonable cost, and a quick turnaround (I dropped it off and picked it up the next day).  With smart phones and tablets being a standard in our daily routines it nice to know that we have a local repair shop that can get the job done. 
425 SW Madison Ave
Suite H-2
Corvallis, OR
97333
Telephone: 541-250-0349

Wishing you the best in retirement Dr.Glenn Fisher!

Joe Moade
CPS Tangent

Recently friends, family, coworkers, and CPS celebrated Glenn's career in Oregon Ag.  Glenn as an extension entomologist worked on major production problems such as bill bugs in orchard grass, aphids in red clover, slugs in field crops, sod web worms in cranberries, craneflies in grass, Symphylans in row crops, aphids and BYD virus in grass, and many others.  Pretty much if it walked, crawled or slimed Glenn studied it. His hard work to find practical solutions to tough problems has provided farmers with tools that improve quality and productivity.



Glenn Fisher and Carol Garbacik share stories as others celebrate Glenn's contributions to Oregon Agriculture.  
 
Mark Mellbye and Glenn Fisher

Pat Boren, Diane Fisher and Amy Dreves

Thank you Glenn
 From all of us at Crop Production Services.

Oregon Ryegrass

Willamette Valley Growers and Fieldmen visited several farms, fields and growers this past week en route to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky.  Many Midwestern and Southern growers are discovering the benefits of planting winter cover crops of annual ryegrass and radish in their corn, soybean, and wheat operations.  It has been a steep educational challenge to help growers realize the benefits of these covercrop options, because so many have not effectively been able to control the ryegrass in their crops and considered it a weed.  Rick Murdock of Ponderosa Farms and AgConnections spent a day with some of our own fieldmen and growers looking at his own successes with ryegrass, but also visiting other growers in  Calloway County, Kentucky and talking to them about their operations and the use of cover crops.
Annual Ryegrass Cover crop in Murray, Kentucky

Grower Rick Murdock discusses the use of Radish and Cereal rye and Annual Ryegrass Seed  as cover crop options in Western Kentucky.

NATIONAL FARM MACHINERY SHOW

Grower Kent Burkholder (center) spent many hours at the Seed Commissions booth educating the public on the benefits of Oregon Grown Seed.  

Oregon was well represented at the 48th National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky this past week.  The February 13-16 annual event had over 300,000 attendees view a wide selection of cutting edge agricultural products and services from more than 850 exhibitors under 27 acres of indoor exhibit space at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  The Oregon Seed industry represented our growers well with members of the Oregon Ryegrass Commission, Oregon Tall Fescue Commission, Oregon Orchardgrass Commission, and Oregon Clover Commission working a very welcoming exhibitor space in one location at the show.  Many questions were answered and literature provided to attendees interested in Oregon produced seed.  Wayne Kizer of KB Seed and Garth Mulkey also were exhibitors at the show promoting cover crops with radish seed and annual ryegrass.  Several Willamette Valley growers and crop advisers made the trip to the Show this year to talk to product representatives and glean new ideas for their local farm operations.  The Farm show also plays host to the super-charged competition of the nations oldest indoor tractor pull, the Championship Tractor Pull which many of the Oregon visitors were able to see.

Wayne Kizer, Garth Mulkey, and Jesse Farver of KB Seed Solutions sharing the benefits of cover crops to Midwestern and southern farmers.  
Modified Tractors in the Championship Tractor Pull were the loudest, even knocking tiles and confetti out of the Freedom Hall Arena.  










Drones in Ag?

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

The pro-drone organization AUVSI expects remote-controlled helicopters, like this Yamaha RMAX, to provide the biggest growth market for drones inside the United States. Photo: Flickr/timtak


A portion of the following article showed up on AgTalk, a forum for farmers and Ag enthusiasts, and was sent to us to share here on the blog. Thanks! Its a great topic. To our readers, feel free to send us recommended articles or links


I've included some excerpts from the main article. Follow the link to read the original on Wired.com.

Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest U.S. Robot Market
AUVSI intends to publish a study in the next few weeks anticipating the scope of the domestic, non-military market for drones. But there’s already some data to support Mailey’s hypothesis. “Precision farmers” love using data tools to increase crop yields. In 2009, an Idaho farmer homebrewed his own drone, slapped a commercial digital camera on it, and began extracting data on soil patterns to help his business expand. Companies like CropCam build lightweight, modular, GPS-driven gliders to give farmers an aerial view of their fields without requiring pilot training or the expense of buying a small manned plane. Of course, this is all dependent on drone manufacturers pricing their robots inexpensively enough for farmers who also have to buy a lot of other expensive equipment to ply their trade.
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Local, state and federal police and homeland-security agencies had received 17 certificates of authorization for flying drones. Universities received 21 of them. “All those universities are focused on agriculture,” Mailey says.


Here's a really cool article from Western Australia about a quad-copter being used to eradicate an invasive tree species with precision applications of herbicide. Indie filmmakers use remote controlled choppers, like the CineStar 6 or 8 available from QuadCopter, with a three-axis stabilized gimbal to capture aerial shots on a budget. Here's an example of the video capture possible, notice the rotating shots which indicate the use of a gimbal to remotely rotate and change camera angle. One of the things we've learned is camera angle to the ground and adequate lighting is paramount in being able to capture a usable image of your field so the crop differences actually show up in the final image. Infrared imagery, which can gives you an NDVI reading, shows crop differences to a greater degree although outside the light spectrum visible to the human eye. There are ways to hack a DSLR camera so it will capture infrared but geo-referencing the captured images is still a limitation for the hobbyist. 

Here's a promo video of a Dutch sprayer system filmed using an OctoCopter as another example:




For those of you interested, the PNW chapter of AUVSI will be hosting The Pacific Northwest Unmanned Systems Conference: Command & Control Technology for Unmanned Systems in Seattle, WA this April. Who wants to go?





RAM Tribute to the Farmer

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

One of the best Super Bowl commercials in a while:


Ag Connect Expo & Summit


Jammie Wutzke
CPS Tangent

Just returned from the Ag Connect Expo & Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. It was an excellent show that was well attended in conjunction with 5 other national organization meetings. Participants were eager to share cropping and technology practices and exhibitors demonstrated their latest product offering. Ipads peppered the expo center playing videos on equipment, demonstrating software applications and scanning name tag badges of show attendees for contact information.  This show lived up to its name connecting products and users. 

One of the most exciting education classes I attended was the State of Field Robotics presented by a panel of experts which included both ground and air based applications. Your next employee might be a robot sooner than you think! The next Ag Connect will be in Indianapolis in 2015.

Tangent Plot Work

Josh Nelson
CPS Tangent

Our field staff takes great pride in the amount of plot work we do. Plot work allows us to better serve our customers. Our projects include; developing new products and a.i.'s, finding new fits for old chemistry's and tackling our weed, disease and insect problems with "out of the box" research.






This past week Corey continued his work on one of our many Roughstalk Bluegrass trials and I put out a large scale Filbert orchard floor plot. Although we take these plots very seriously some times our best laid plans do not work out well. Look at the pictures closely, just a hint Corey's plot is the second picture.