Farm Tech uses smart agricultural tools of the present and the future | Crop

It doesn’t take a lot of technology to time your nutrients correctly, Weist pointed out.

Some of the low-tech tools available to farmers during the growing season include paying attention to weather events by “looking out the window,” always searching, and always walking your fields.

“Farmers know their fields better than anyone. They are going to know a problem even before the technology, so be there and at least be with it, ”he said.

More advanced digital tools like satellite imagery and lasers can help with crop detection.

“The most user-friendly digital tools are lasers (called CropSpecs) mounted on application equipment that are always on, constantly scanning to identify crop health issues and create a nice map of the field when finished,” Weist said.

With harvesting, a few tools have been available for some time: autoguiding, yield mapping, grain carts for weighing the crop, job sharing with high-quality yield maps, and automatic yield reporting to crop insurance.

“Yield mapping has been around for decades, and most combines now have it,” he said. “Weighing is random depending on whether the guys have grain carts in the field or not, but load cells and an autolog can be added to any grain cart to effortlessly capture all the weights.”

Additionally, multiple combines can now share real-time yield data between machines.

“Yield maps are of higher quality today, mainly due to good algorithms and section control on mapping,” Weist said. “Automatic yield reporting straight from the field to crop insurance – it’s brand new and it’s getting pretty strong.”