Precision Agricultural Technology Enhances Farming Capabilitiesby Kevin Smith Author
When most people hear the terms “drone,” “sensor data,” or “data analytics,” they don’t likely connect the terms with farming. But for those who have adopted the latest technology equipment to operate their farms, these terms are a normal part of everyday operations. Precision agriculture is a management system that uses specific data concerning the soil, moisture, nutrients, potential yield, and even pest information to not only increase profitability, but to protect the environment and its sustainability.
Precision agricultural systems rely on the technology provided through specialized equipment, software, and IT services. There are many types of equipment available to provide highly accurate and important data for smaller family farm operations as well as large scale ones.
According to a USDA study, farmers can save $15 acre using GPS auto-steering systems, which are a significant benefit for farmers. In fact, for those with farms of 400 acres or more, it is possible to earn back an investment in GPS equipment after one growing season. The technology is affordable and easy to use for even first-time operators. Manufacturers of GPS guidance systems, such as TeeJet, Ag Leader, and Raven Industries, offer high quality selections that can hold up to the rigors of day-to-day operations, yet continue to provide highly accurate data crucial to your operation.
Some of the features available in GPS guidance systems used in precision farming include:
· Full-color touchscreen
· Internal GPS/GLONASS engine with ClearPath technology
· Boundary function for precise measurement of field area
· Minimal setup and easy operation
· Field hazard marking
· Straight, curved, circle pivot, and last pass guidance modes
These handheld weather-monitoring devices provide accurate and reliable data regarding relative humidity, heat stress, air and water temperatures, wind chill factors, wind speed, and a variety of other weather factors pertinent to farmers. Hygrometers manufactured by Kestrel, a widely respected company dedicated to research and development of an extensive range of technological applications, is a top choice for not only farmers, but other professionals who depend on accurate weather data. There are a variety of Kestrel wind meters available, affordably priced, that will enhance your ability to monitor pertinent weather data affecting your farming operation.
These cameras manufactured by Camera Source can be mounted anywhere, and they provide maximum visibility in areas where you previously had little or none. These camera systems all offer a digital 7-inch screen monitor, an ample 65-foot heavy duty cable, and commercial-grade night vision cameras with LEDs for low- and zero-light conditions.
Precision agricultural systems offer many benefits to farmers. Consider investing in them today!
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