Agri View: Modern Technology

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Everett Griner talks about farmers need for modern technology in today’s Agri View.

Modern Technology

Well, one author has written a book declaring that technology and the internet will ultimately end all of our problems. OK. You can buy that if you will. He further suggest that farmers will be replaced by this same technology. That is when I put the book down. What technology is going to grow you a watermelon? How will the internet supply our cereal manufacturers? We can’t even get our minds together on genetically modified foods. And who knows what a choice rib-eye would taste like if a farmer didn’t feed it from hoof to marketplace. We need technology. We don’t know about the internet. But, in my un-scientific mind I see no way in controlling world hunger without farmers. And yes, farmers must have that advancing technology. But-where does the internet figure in?

That’s Agri View for today, I’m Everett Griner.

From: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Agriculture Technology

modern technologyModern farms and agricultural operations work far differently than those a few decades ago, primarily because of advancements in technology, including sensors, devices, machines, and information technology. Today’s agriculture routinely uses sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology. These advanced devices and precision agriculture and robotic systems allow businesses to be more profitable, efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly.

Importance of Agricultural Technology

Farmers no longer have to apply water, fertilizers, and pesticides uniformly across entire fields. Instead, they can use the minimum quantities required and target very specific areas, or even treat individual plants differently. Benefits include:

  • Higher crop productivity
  • Decreased  use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides, which in turn keeps food prices down
  • Reduced impact on natural ecosystems
  • Less runoff of chemicals into rivers and groundwater
  • Increased worker safety

In addition, robotic technologies enable more reliable monitoring and management of natural resources, such as air and water quality. It also gives producers greater control over plant and animal production, processing, distribution, and storage, which results in:

  • Greater efficiencies and lower prices
  • Safer growing conditions and safer foods
  • Reduced environmental and ecological impact

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