ISSUE DATE: 01/25/2010
By Jennifer M. Latzke
Farmers are nothing if not an innovative lot.
About 20 years ago that innovation and creativity brought about the precision agriculture revolution. Using new technologies, farmers for the first time had data available to them to enhance their decision-making skills, improve their efficiency and boost their yields.
The early years
"Precision agriculture is an information-based management strategy," explained Viacheslav Adamchuk, associate professor in Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He explained there are three goals of precision agriculture. First, using these tools and techniques allows producers to optimize their resources to increase the profitability and sustainability of production. Second, they help farmers minimize their impact on environment. And, finally, he said there's a social aspect to precision agriculture--use of this technology changes the status of farming and agriculture from a labor-intensive job to a profession. These goals haven't changed since the onset of precision ag, but the tools to reach them have evolved over the years.
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