Precision farming / satellite farming
When implemented correctly, precision farming is a process that allows users to deal with every possible variation found in fields and field sections. Just as no two fields are exactly the same, no two sections of any field will be the same.
Your soil’s ability to use and retain nutrients is affected by the its texture and composition, the pH levels, and the various amounts of organic matter present. Field work practices, weeds, cover crops, drainage, and previous years’ yields can all cause nutrient levels to fluctuate.
As you gain more knowledge with respect to your fields and its variances, along with implementation of well-planned precision farming, your farm will benefit from increased yields and higher profits.
Farm management and optimizing returns
Two things are worth immediate consideration: farm management and optimizing returns on inputs. What does that mean? The best path to optimization of your returns is by applying the appropriate inputs in the right place and in the correct amounts.
Precision farming is the means by which you can best plant with accuracy, populate, apply inputs and then compile information with respect to what was completed on your farm.
Satellite imagery provided by GPS technology is improving in its capabilities, just like all other information technology systems used around the globe.
Occasionally, customers think that GPS and precision farming systems are too complex. However, when considering the ever-present cell phone, where most farmers five years ago had a simple flip-type phone, nearly 80% now use smartphones without a second thought.
With respect to GPS and precision farming, what many would have considered to be a wild dream ten years ago is now a reality due to the always-increasing accuracy and capabilities of modern technology.
Although it is true that “precision farming is not about driving straight,” using your GPS system to accurately guide you to the desired position is a necessary foundation for all that follows “driving straight.”
Because the majority of farmers understand the benefit of using proper guess rows, driving straight is typically considered to be a given. However, knowing what your position should be allows users to plant the desired population in the correct place, even with driving straight to eliminate guess rows.
Proper positioning helps farmers to apply the right number of inputs in the appropriate place, and further allows for the recording of the yield as applied data, so that information is available with respect to how each section of a field is performing.