The vast amounts of data that farmers collect, farm machinery records and drones can calculate aren’t analyzed by farmers due to time constraints and indifference to learning how to use the data. However, Delta Farm Press reports that provisions in the new Farm Bill will change this by requiring data reporting to government agencies and crop insurance.
Today, more than 60 percent of farmers have access to precision technology, and about 90 percent of farm machinery can connect to the Internet and transmit data back to the manufacturers so that future equipment can be improved, but almost all of that data is left on the machines and isn’t used by farmers.
The movement now is to get data into usable form that farmers can use. All of this data gathering and analysis will be used to develop farm management, sustainability and production
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