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On The Farm: Advancements In Technology

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Anybody who works the land can tell you farm equipment allows farmers to cultivate many more acres of land than the machines of the past.

From horse drawn, to steam powered and now gasoline and diesel, farming equipment has gone through drastic changes throughout human history.

From the horse drawn plow to gigantic machines seen crawling through crop fields today, farming technology has undergone a huge transformation since the early 1800s. Even year to year, equipment is changing.

"We've gone from 30 foot and 35 foot headers since I've been in the business, to 45 foot heads today. Same with sprayers, a lot of pull types and pick-up sprayers, and now we've got the big 120 foot booms," says Greg Bierschach of Minot.

As the size of the American farm increases, so does the size of the equipment and technology used. Better equipment equals better efficiency, yields and productivity. Tractor functions like auto-steer and nozzle shut-off on sprayers can help farmers save money on chemicals and fertilizers as well.

"You're seeing anywhere from a four to 10 percent savings on any of those applications," says Bierschbach. "I've got some customers that run fertilizer shut-offs on their drills and they'll tell me that they're saving eight percent.

And it's not just technology on the outside of farming equipment that's advanced over the years, the cabs have become more comfortable for those days when farmers have to spend hours working in the fields.

"The cab changes are huge. Everything is touch controlled. You've got great visibility compared to the old stuff, the quietness is there, so the operating environment is excellent," he says.

From combines, tractors, sprayers and drills, people would be hard-pressed to find a piece of equipment on a farm that hasn't changed over the years. And with new technologies like diagnostic software and drones are advancing everyday, the future of agriculture looks bright.

Bierschbach: I think we'll continue to become more and more efficient.  The American farmer is always on the leading edge of that technology.  We have to feed more people all the time around the world, so Agriculture has a bright future ahead of it.

For a chance to see what the future could hold for farming equipment, visit farm of the future dot net.

 

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