Today’s production agriculture is changing rapidly with the advancements of technology in the farming industry. Advancements in seed genetic technologies and other precision GPS capabilities, are improving methods in agriculture for the better, allowing farmers to get the most out of their farming practices. These technologies have advance tremendously since the 1970s which has improved agriculture production efficiency for farmers in positive ways. With the projected population growth increasing to 9 billion people by 2050 farmers need to be more efficient with their resources. Time is always of the essence when it comes to cash crop production, advancing technology allows farmers to get the most out of the time in the tractor with some equipment driving itself by using GPS coordinates received from the receptor on the tractor.
Variable rate technologies are improving as well with precision planting equipment that increases farmer’s placement valuable, input of seed, and fertilizer. With input cost on the rise, farmers are trying to become more efficient, investments of new technologies may be an expensive route, however with proper use it can pay for itself in years. Technologies are allowing farmers to become more effective in production reducing the amount of land used while increasing yields per acre. Farmer’s maybe frightened or intimidated by new technology due to the mandatory updates each year, however they are manageable if the time is taken to learn about these new practices and improvements.
Our family farm first introduced new technologies in the 2000s. Each year we become more confident with the use of new technology on our equipment and are able to adapt easily to new changes. One improvement that plays a huge role in our family farm is GPS, which allows us to keep a precise line when pulling equipment in the field. This innovation reduces stress and fatigue on the operator allowing him or her to easily observe equipment thus reducing and preventing potential problems. Another popular technology advancement is a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) this have become popular identify potential problems within a field. UAV’s are the future of agriculture with so many possible ways to utilize them the list is endless. Some UAV’s have inferred capabilities which can show health levels in fields such as corn. Over the past summer while interning for a pioneer dealer, I scouted multiple fields using an UAV to get over view shots of customers fields to assess diseases and chemical problems. This opened my eyes on how many uses a UAV could provide for the agricultural sector.
Agriculture technology is advancing at an alarming rate that is hard to keep up. However, with the right programs and seminaries farmers can gain understanding of new farming technologies which will result in a benefit to production and a positive future for generations in agriculture.