I will consider this my open letter to all technology minded individuals – please consider a career in agriculture. This seeding season we have needed a lot of tech support, and we aren’t fully operational yet. But, as the saying goes, “times a’ wastin’”. So, we gave up on the tech and went old school, because you can only wait so long before patience wears thin and seeding just needs to happen.
To be fair, we have had the dealer out on more than one occasion to try to fix the problem. However, this means that there is still work to do, not just on our tractor’s GPS system, but also on a larger scale. Our farm uses a variety of brands of tractors, implements and add-on technology to match our production style and needs. Farmers are high-tech, and we need designers and developers to help us by making tools that are easy to integrate, re-set, and trouble-shoot. It is important to recognize that as farmers increase the precision of their operations (for environmental and financial sustainability), we use more sensors and monitors than ever before. The complexity of these configurations is increasing and we need the expertise of technologically-minded thinkers to help design systems with these realities in mind.
The ag sector needs technological visionaries who can look at the big picture of food production and environmental and financial sustainability. However, for today, we just need help to get our GPS to work.