1. GPS technology
GPS may be the biggest game changer in agriculture. While things like autosteer have made driving the tractor a little easier, one of the most important applications is the data we can now collect from our fields. The more farmers know about a particular field, the better they can specifically cultivate that field.
3. Upgrades to pest management
[T]he improvements to our pest management systems from just a generation ago are astounding. I remember seeing grandpa spray our apple orchard with no cab on the tractor and spray flying all over the place. Today, we use sprayers that keep chemical residue close to the ground and plants and cabbed tractors to protect our applicators. Of course, that doesn’t mention the fact that the products we use today are far less toxic and we use a lot less.
4. Seed diversity
If you’ve ever been in the market for commercial quantities of most vegetable seeds, you can appreciate just how many different varieties are available. ... This allows farmers to choose seeds that will thrive and produce well in their specific geographical area.
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