GPS Increases Efficiency

Farming is probably the oldest industry known to man, with techniques passed down through generations. It is, by its very nature, dependent on seasons, along with intuition and toil.

When one thinks of farming in the “old fashion” sense, technology does not come to mind.  Today, in contradiction, technological innovations in farming come to the forefront of our thinking.

GPS tracking systems for farming equipment are included in one of those innovations that significantly simplify a farmer’s effort and ensure a better yield for hard work.  The capability of the technology to integrate locational data to provide advanced services such as water management, yield monitoring, row guidance, makes it very attractive to farmers. In addition GPS precision technology is environmentally friendly as it reduces overlaps and driver fatigue by improving steering accuracy.

 

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Advantages:

  • GPS tracking equipment can be used to track expensive farming equipment and prevent tractor theft by providing text or email alerts to farmers if their equipment is moved.
  • Tractor GPS equipment can help in mapping the usage of the equipment and saved as records for insurance purposes, eliminating the need for the farmer’s manual records
  • Row guidance helps the farmer achieve a degree of sophistication and increase the yield of the farm.
  • Information management modules are available to track solutions such as water management, mapping, accounting etc.
  • Fertilizer delivery and seeding information can be monitored in real time by the farmer.
  • The GPS equipment can be used to mark obstacles, repetitive weed growth, sinkholes on the field or even pest infestations.
  • Precision tracking GPS equipment has the capability to break down the view of a farm into various grids and store information for each grid, such as yield.
  • GPS equipment can be used in farming applications such as topographic map generation, as well as tractor guidance.

Challenges:

  • Expense
  • Usage of GPS tracking may be unreliable because of outdoor interference such as electricity equipment of thunderstorms.
  • The range of the equipment is not always guaranteed, especially in the case of larger farms which may have natural obstacles such as trees or hills.

 

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