The Benefits of Using GPS in Farming

GPS is becoming very important

Benefits of GPSEvery area of modern life has been invaded by technology, and there is absolutely no doubt about this. When it comes to this fact, farming is not an exception. Once upon a time, horses were being used as the main energy source for driving the equipment for harvesting and planting, but not anymore.

Instead of using horses, a many people now use tractors to tackle a lot of their farming tasks. Global positioning systems have replaced experienced guesswork and human eyes in field location, leveling, tractor guidance and many other tasks.

Precision Plowing

People were not always able to use the GPS technology, and the reason why is because it wasn’t always available. Before the GPS technology became available, tractor operators had to rely on something else. In order to keep furrows aligned, they had to rely on what they could see in the distance.

Whether these furrows were following the contour of the field or they were completely straight, it was always very important to pay some extra attention to the available land when guiding the plow. This is something that GPS technology makes so much easier to do, because along with automatic steering systems and other modern guidance technology, it can help you place furrows in your field with great precision.

Planting and Fertilization

When it comes to the field that has already been plowed, GPS information can be used to precisely place seeds within the furrows. Using GPS information to insert seeds directly into the furrows can help you save a lot of time and money. And when it comes to fertilization, it can be done by using the same method.

In addition to fertilization and placing seeds directly into the furrows, GPS technology can help you take soil samples and analyze and identify them by location to check if they contain nutrients that are required for successful crop growth. This is something that can help farmers apply fertilizer only to the areas where it is absolutely needed.

Field Mapping

Relying on visual cues can help you determine the field’s boundaries when you have a smaller field. However, relying on visual cues will most likely not help you so much if you have a larger field. GPS technology can help you overcome many challenges that you face while working on your field.

As is the case with any other type of business, you have to use all of the available resources for farming as well. And using the GPS technology when planting, raising and harvesting crops is one of the best and most cost-effective options out there.

 

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The Benefits of Using Drones in Agriculture

Not Just for Government and Kids..

Old school tractorDrones were once used only by the military, but now, many regular people own at least one of them. And when it comes to precision agriculture, drones are redefining its meaning. The number of farmers that use drones in their farms is continuously growing. The reason why they use drones is because drones offer them an aerial camera platform that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

This means that farmers can always monitor their crops without spending money on some expensive, high-tech camera security systems. And besides recording videos, drones also have the ability to capture images, which can then be processed using a special software to create a rectangle map of your farm.

The Number of Farmers Who Use Drones Is Constantly Growing

It is a fact that extreme weather conditions are on the rise, and as the world population continues to grow, agricultural consumption is expected to continue to grow as well. Based on all of this, many more farmers will most likely start using drones as well.

When it comes to using drones in agriculture, they can really help farmers get the job done. There are many reasons why using drones in agriculture is a good idea. And now, here are some of them.

Analysis

Drones can be used for field and soil analysis. Basically, drones have the ability of producing an accurate 3-D map of your field. That map can be later used to conduct soil analysis on moisture content, soil erosion and soil property. This is something that is of the utmost importance when it comes to planning seed planting patterns. But that is not all, because such information is useful even after planting.

Monitoring

When it comes to farming, one of the biggest challenges that farmers have to face is monitoring their fields. Even though this challenge is hard on its own, what makes it even worse is the rise of unpredictable weather patterns. This is something that can cost farmers a lot of money.

But don’t worry, because this is something that drones can help you with. They have the ability of developing time series animations which can show you crop development with great precision.

Irrigation

Some drones are equipped with special type of sensors. These drones can scan your field to see if any areas have become dry. This is something that can help you when it comes to curing dry areas. Also, drones are not very expensive and they are not very hard to deploy, which is not really the case with traditional aircraft’s.

Farming Just Ain’t the Same

Welcome to Farmacule

21st Century Farming is full of technology and really cool stuff. Through this blog we will explore some of these cool new technologies and machinery that performs the work these days.  From Drones who spray fields to GPS guided tractors farming sure is not what it used to be.  The work load never slows down but it does change allowing for new companies to rise.

We encourage our readers to send in cool farm equipment ideas to write about or stories you might have.

 

 

Farm and Landscaping

We are going to focus on farming across the US in many different industries. From Cranberries to Oranges, from grass to wheat and from Golf Greens to Potatoes, these technologies are changing the way we live and work. Technologies not only with electronics but in biology and formulations used in agriculture and home and garden. The formulations are getting safer and more effective, sometimes even being applied by a drone.

 

Catch you again soon for our first showcase. Until then enjoy the below video!