Modern Tractors and Improved Efficiencies
When people think of dairy farming or any agriculture in general, most people would do not think of these industries as being technologically advanced, but they are.
Over the past 2 or 3 decades, dairy farmers have integrated many technological advancements into the farm in order to maximize efficiency’s (just like any other business would do). And there have actually been many advancements in technology that have helped us become better dairy farmers. It’s really a fun time to be in the dairy industry with so many new technologies emerging.
One of the newest technologies on the dairy is our tractor that has GPS. The GPS actually controls the tractor so it can make straight rows when it’s working in the field. The GPS has helped our farming practices become more efficient. The main goal of the GPS technology is to help eliminate wasted energy. Using GPS, the tractor is prevented from overlapping the areas in the field it already went over with the tractor implement.
The tractor is pretty simple to drive. You jump in, start it up, and turn on the GPS navigation. The tractor drives itself. You only have to do the turning!
This technology has helped us become more efficient in the fields, and has benefited our farm in many ways. We save on fuel, labor, and our most valuable asset time. This in turn cuts the amount of fossil fuel we use at the dairy, and helps us produce milk more cheaply.
Tractors fitted with GPS technology is just one of the new and exciting technologies we use at the dairy. I’m planning on posting more about some of the tech we use at the dairy so stay tuned for more.