Innovations in the Farming industry

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Innovations in the Farming Industry How has the way farmers operations changed in the last few decades? How many people could they feed? In 1920 a farmer was capable of feeding 19 mouths. Later in 1970 an average farmer could feed 26 mouths. But now in 2013 the average farmer is able to feed 155 mouths. This is a productivity increase of 816% (farmersfeeds.org). That is amazing! This paper will look at how the latest technologies have changed the way farmers manage their acres. There are thousands of innovations that have taken place, but we will only have time to discuss a small fraction of the engineering marvels that have taken place. Farming has come a long way in the past century, how has technology changed farming and how will it change more in the future? How has the changes in technology and farming practices changed the way farmers are able to operate. Some areas that will be discussed include mobile computing devices, machine automation, and modernized planting techniques. Mobile computing devices have been greatly advancing in recent years, especially in the field of agriculture. Mobile devices have become extremely popular in recent years. There are many places where these devices are being integrated and agriculture is no exception. With these devices farmers are able to operate machines through many automated accessories in the machinery. As well as many mapping other applications. According to the expert Tim Norris,"First, it’s technology that lots of people seem to have already. Second, they already have a data plan on that device so telemetry and data transfer with those devices makes sense to me. And third, the Internet quality and availability seems to be improving at a fairly rapid pace, which mak... ... middle of paper ... ...s.org/fun-farm-facts/>. Halal, William E. "The Top 10 Emerging Technologies." Futurist. July/Aug. 2000: 1-10. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 13 Feb. 2014. Herring, David. "Precision Farming." Earth Observatory 29 June 2001: 28. Print. "Leica's SteerDirect ES offers-fit electric assisted steering." Farm Industry News 11 Mar. 2013: n. pag. Farm industry news. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. Precision agriculture in the 21st century geospatial and information technologies in crop management. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1997. Print. Sfiligoj, Eric. "Precision Ag 2013: Top 5 Technologies To Watch | PrecisionAg." PrecisionAg. N.p., 3 Sept. 2013. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. guidance/precision-ag-2013-top-5-technologies-to-watch/>. "Twin-Row.com." Twin-Row.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. .
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