Precision agriculture has some obvious benefits when it comes to efficiency and input costs. GPS mapping and technologies are becoming more and more accurate with coverage available in areas previously inaccessible. Seeding overlap is almost non -existent and placement is incredibly precise. With input costs growing and the demand for production rising, the need to maximize production is there, and the need for precision farming is there. So why does it seem as though producers are so slow to adopt precision ag?
I spoke to four people in the precision ag industry about some of the hurdles for producers, misconceptions about it and where the technology is headed in the future. At the Western Farm Progress Show I spoke to Stuart Lawrence of Ag Leader Technology, Garth Donald of DynAgra VRT, Michael Murison of Hemisphere GPS and Trevor Scherman from Farmers Edge about those issues. Here are the responses.
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