by Jared Thomas, Sustainable Systems major
Precision agriculture is a very useful tool for farms or other companies for more efficiency in their operation. In today’s agriculture, it is very important for to be efficient by saving money. This can happen through GPS, Planter upgrades, and Fertilizer application. These advancements go a long way not only to make farming easier and more efficient but also saves time. If a farmer can focus more on the job over worrying about driving then the job is getting done better and faster. Planter upgrades will help the first crop become even better because of the seed placement, fertilizer placement, and faster planting. Time is money and with faster planting more efficiently then money is saved and so is time. It is a big trickle effect for savings. Crop prices aren’t good so savings anywhere makes life a lot easier for the operator. Fertilizer has many savings when used more efficiently when applied but also helps with the government regulations and the public’s view on farms. Using this type of methods make it look better on farmers in the public’s eye by using precision agriculture equipment to be more efficient.
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.