Adapting to Farming: Precision Agriculture

By Katie Bedgood, Lakeview FFA Chapter Member

Over the years farmers have had to learn how to keep up with our world’s growing population, using things such as GMOs, cros-pollination, and artificial insemination. But how are they adapting to the fact they are having less and less land to grow on? Well, thanks to technology we now have precision agriculture which helps farmers make a lot out of a little.

A few parts of precision agriculture is GPS soil sampling which allows you to test fields’ soil to reveal all the important data you will need to know for making informed profitable decisions. Another part of precision agriculture is weather monitoring, which is when farmers collect weather data so that they know when to plant their crops and so they know when to water and not water the crops.

There are many other new pieces of technology that are a part of precision agriculture that do many different things but they all have a common goal which is to help our farmers seek the help of new technology to increase their crop yields and profitability all while using less of the traditional inputs needed to grow. Over the years farmers have had to learn how to keep up with our world’s growing population, using things such as GMOs, cros-pollination, and artificial insemination.

But how are they adapting to the fact they are having less and less land to grow on? Well, thanks to technology we now have precision agriculture which helps farmers make a lot out of a little. One part of precision agriculture is GPS soil sampling, which allows you to test fields’ soil to reveal all the important data you will need to know for making informed profitable decisions. Another part of precision agriculture is weather monitoring, which is when farmers collect weather data so that they know when to plant their crops and so they know when to water and not water the crops. 


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