GPS steering was voted the best recent farming innovation in a survey of technical advances to promote this weekend’s Open Farm Sunday. Robotic milking machines took the runner-up spot, followed by smartphones.
“For centuries, farmers have looked for ways to be as efficient as possible and as these results show, that trend is alive and well today, with new and even greater innovation on the horizon,” said James Andrews, Farmers Weekly’s online machinery editor.
Today most farmers have some form of GPS steering, which means overlapping has all but disappeared, resulting in significant savings for the farmer, no doubt a key reason why farmers named it their favorite piece of farm technology. GPS it was down to the driver to keep the tractor straight to avoid using too much fertilizer or fuel.
The top 10 technologies
- GPS Steering system (36% of votes)
- Robot milking machines (19%)
- Smartphones (13%)
- Combine yield meters (5%)
- Cow heat detection devices (5%)
- Driverless tractors (2%)
- Aerial Drones (2%)
- Electronic ear tags (2%)
- Farm management software (2%)
- Robot livestock feeders (2%)