Precision agriculture: How big data can make farms more sustainable

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Farmers have numerous sources of technology and data available to use in their operations, but many producers struggle with what kind and how much technology they need. 

“To me, precision ag has become a catchall term, but basically it refers to hardware and software systems that improve knowledge and decision support to make farming more manageable, sustainable and profitable,” said [Joe Luck Nebraska Extension precision agriculture engineer], who also is an assistant professor of biological systems engineering.

Precision agriculture hardware includes field application equipment and sensor platforms that control products and record as-applied data. Software can then be used to collect and analyze the information with the goal to improve a crop production system.

Luck also is developing instruments and tools that producers can use to collect information in their operations for improving crop input and water use efficiencies.

Luck estimates that over 50 percent of farmers engage in some form of agricultural technology. But, he cautions, while technology can be a useful management tool, farmers still need to make decisions.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Precision ag makes farming more sustainable, profitable

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