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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Girls Can Farm Too {Part 3}...


 This is the last post in a series.  You can find part one here and part two here.

I have a feeling that there are some people in the world that still picture farming like this...
Whereas on most farms it actually looks like this...


I mentioned in my first post that we went to a dinner and Dr. Jay Lehr was the guest speaker.  One of the things he said was, "Farming is the most technologically advanced profession in the world."  Now to some people this may come as a shock and, I'll be honest, I didn't realize this either.  Farming has evolved so much over the last 10-20 years.  The technology on our farm has advanced drastically just in the last 5 years.  The technology that we use allows us to be more productive and cost efficient.

We add additional tile to our fields or repair broken tile all to improved the drainage in our fields because if a field is too wet, it affects the crop yield.  On this tractor is a GPS device that allows us to map exactly where we have placed tile.  

All of this data is loaded onto a flash drive in the tractor cab that we then plug in to our computer and download it.  First it looks like this, which just looks like a bunch of lines so really it doesn't look like much at this moment...
 but you then download it to Google Earth and it is automatically mapped to the exact field it was installed in the exact location...
 All of this can be done from the comfort of our living room...
We have monitors in our planting tractor that monitors each seed box to make sure it is working properly because even if just one row quits working and you don't realize it until you are at the other end of the field, your profit decreases substantially.
This year we have added something new through Precision Planting called Fieldview and I don't quite have it all figured out yet..nor do I think I will EVER have it all figured out.  Luckily that is Brad's job!
This is an app on the iPad which is connected to the planter.  The iPad sets in the tractor cab and allows you to see a constant picture of the planters performance.  The above picture is just an example,  but the green strip is what has been planted and the white line with the arrow is supposed to be the tractor and planter. As you plant it moves.  "Every planter pass, every row, every foot of seed information is plotted on an Apple map."  It also tells you what the current spacing and population is because, again this effects the yield.

I've seen some predictions on the internet that explain the future of technology on the farm and it is unbelievable.  I don't know if it's from a trusted source, so I won't quote any of them,  but we are definitely moving forward.  And let it be know that my farmer husband got an iPad before I did;)  He's becoming quite the techy!  I am confidant all these advances will allow my girls to farm, if they so choose!






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