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Farmer Iron

Surprise Poll Result?

Long-time study from Ohio State University offers a very interesting statistic.

This week I'm attending a crop science conference in Long Beach, Calif. This meeting, which brings together three big science organizations - including the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America, is chock full of scientific presentations and one in particular caught my eye.

The report showed the latest results from an ongoing series of Ohio State University studies that look at the adoption of precision ag technology. This is a great trend study that shows how you have added the tech to your farms. But in the 2010 version there was an interesting statistic. Of those that responded to the poll 34.1% were unfamiliar with precision ag technology. That of course calls for a "really?!!" because how could you miss it?

That means more than one-third of farmers out there have missed 15 years of precision ag writing from yield maps to auto-guidance, from WAAS GPS to RTK. The statistic surprised me.

But if you're reading this, hopefully you know that precision ag can make you money, offer you a solid return and may make farming easier with less labor when deployed according to a plan. In fact nearly 76% respondents to that same OSU poll (the ones who knew what precision ag was) note the technology's returns were higher than its costs.

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