Precision Ag can be an intimidating topic of discussion for many farmers including the big corporations, with high-tech terms and data-analysis many feel that it doesn’t apply to their operation. However, with environmental sustainability becoming a primary focus of the mass population thanks to the increasing media coverage both mainstream and social, farmers big and small have started tapping into the emerging potential of Precision Ag.
If you’re in need of a Precision Ag (also referred to as AMS) run down, let us break it down for you.
In short, Precision Ag’s leading goal is to seek optimal profitability, proficiency and sustainability for your farm. Its starts by installing the AMS equipment, whether that be the receivers on your machine or the apps on your phone, and then implementing the technology.
The technology works to gather and analyse data from every task performed on your operation and helps advise both your immediate and future decisions such as which fertilizer each field needs, what seed to plant based on soil composition and how much to apply to avoid leaching etc. This technology then communicates with the installed equipment to put this plan into action.
We do know, that you know, there’s a certain cost at starting up AMS on your operation.
So, you want to know what’s the benefit for you? We can break it down into two key areas.
Yes, there is an initial cost but that doesn’t mean Precision Ag doesn’t help your bottom line, in fact that’s the one place it focuses the most. Rate control can cut costs on seed/fert/water by stopping overapplication, hands-free steering allows the operator to complete the job faster while maintaining accuracy and also allowing you to complete more tasks at once. John Deere Operations Centre ties all the technologies together and allows you to keep track of all of this from your phone or laptop.
When your hardware and software communicate at such a level, you can start to eradicate the stressed-out late nights analysing data from different sources to plan your next step; the proficiency of Precision Ag can do that for you. Your operation becomes more time efficient on a whole, leaving you with more time to spend with friends and family. You can make that afterschool play or BBQ at the beach; Precision Ag leaves you with more than just the monetary value of proficient farming.
The most valuable piece of information to take from all of this though, is that Precision Ag is not a packaged one-size-fits-all deal. What you neighbour across the fence has might not suit your needs. Precision Ag is tailored you your individual operation to ensure that the implemented solutions work for your particular farm.
So, to help you get started here are our 3 tips:
- 1) Start with A GOAL –
For an investment in Precision Ag to be worth it, it should be part of a long-term business plan. It's often used as an answer to a currently unsolved problem, so make note of these and how you believe automated solutions would work.
- 2) Understand what is Required –
Moving into using Precision Ag you need to understand how the technology can work for you. This may require you doing some research or getting in contact with someone you know has already implemented it. Get some perspective, or you could just skip straight to Tip 3……
- 3) Get in contact with a Specialist –
Precision Ag Specialists are there to give you the information you need to make savvy business decisions around implementing Precision Ag into your operations. Here at AGrowQuip we have a dedicated team that know the ins and outs of the Automated Solutions available. They’ve worked with it from the ground up and have the knowledge to guide you through the automating process.
Want to Know more? Get in contact today:
Dale Holmes (Waikato) – 027 222 4093
Stephen Van Der Gulik (Auckland) – 027 222 1703
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