The Ag PhD New Technologies Clinic just wrapped up last week and both my hubby and parents attended. Of course, since neither Karen nor I could be there, we asked them to take excellent notes for us so that we could pick their brains. In order to try to collect their thoughts into a way that we could share them out, we asked for their “top 3” new technologies. So, in no particular order, here are Marcel’s top take aways:
1. Sensor technology
As sensors get cheaper the notion of “disposable” sensors was interesting:
· sensors to put into bins along with the grain and not worry about collecting them back out when you haul out your grain
· sensors spiked into individual plants, like a corn stalk, to monitor the health of a specific individual plant
Who doesn’t like the idea of a giant pillow that could be inflated to simulate a hopper bottom inside a flat bottom bin when your bin is almost empty and it is bin-cleaning time? This has appeal for obvious reasons; what it lacks in the “ohh-ahh” cool factor of some other technologies, it makes up for by helping to keep farmers out of bins for this less-than-desirable job. This might never be a reality on our farm, but one can dream.
3. Smart Phone apps
We all have our smart phone in hand, but are we getting the most out of it? This was a good reminder to stay current with apps. Apps can improve efficiency by providing accurate information or advice just when you need it. Now is a great time to get set up to be as mobile as possible.
Come back tomorrow to learn about what our parents noted about the Ag PhD New Technologies Clinic.