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Technology and Farming: 6 Use Cases to Inspire Your Farm

| 4/23/2020 10:06:00 AM


Advanced technology in agriculture often focuses on larger operations. For small farms and homesteads, it can be tricky to find case studies that apply to their business situation. Despite the focus of ag-tech on more industrial systems, there are several options for smaller enterprises looking for new technology. 

Whether you're interested in improving crop production, streamlining management processes or using time-saving equipment, some technologies apply to your situation. Ag-tech is also applicable for growers that incorporate alternative growing practices, such as organic or hydroponic systems.

Technology does not mean you are turning your operation over to robots or relying on self-driving tractors. Here are six small farm tech examples to inspire your farm. 

1. Real-Time Data

Traditionally, farmers had to analyze crop data manually, relying on their own records to manage production and plan for the next growing season. New technology in farming, such as real-time data, proves to be a game-changer for small farms and homesteads. Intervale Community Farm, for example, improved irrigation practices by collecting valuable information. 

Using a Water Deficit Calculator system supplied by Cornell University, Intervale was able to analyze average annual precipitation, record daily plant health and reduce overall crop loss. This new technology in farming is perfect for smaller operations that need time-saving methods to retrieve data efficiently. 

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