Precision agriculture propels farmers into high-tech age
Nov. 15, 2010
Farmers across the heartland are using GPS-based precision agriculture to boost efficiency, increase yields and protect the environment, The Kansas City Star reported this month.
The story by Alan Goforth, which ran Nov. 9, explores how savings associated with the use of GPS caught the attention of farmers facing increased expenses for everything from labor to fuel, seed and crop-protection products.
The also article points out that someone who has not set foot on a farm in the past decade or so probably would be surprised at how high-tech farming has become -- and how that has helped sustainability efforts:
"A lot of people don’t realize when we talk about sustainability that farmers are the best stewards of the land and have been sustainable for years,” said Barry Nelson, who works for John Deere. “We have data from the last 10 years that show they have been able to not only increase yields because of precision agriculture but also reduce the need for water, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides.