Would agriculture jobs be affected by the use of robots?

Currently robotic machinery is not affordable but the difference between this kind of machinery and the human labor cost could become insignificant by 2020 Adapted from Scientific American Most developed countries have seen labor participation in agriculture decline rapidly in the past 100 years, and this is not just a case of automated machinery eliminating human jobs; it’s not that simply, United Nations reports that 54% of the World population lives in urban areas, and this proportion is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. [...]

Maintenance Plans for Accessory Equipment

Maintenance plans for accessory equipment Source: Agriculture.com Outsourcing Farm Equipment Repair and Maintenance Maintenance and repair for farm equipment is one of the major expenses for any operator. The larger the farm operation, the larger the equipment, and the more sophisticated the maintenance requirements typically. Deciding whether to keep maintenance in-house both for primary tractors and combines as well as for accessory equipment can be both an operational and a financial question.   Skillsets for Today’s Farm Equipment – High Tech On the operational [...]

The Latest in Fertilizer Spraying Technology

click for video Agricultural fertilizer application has advanced significantly from the days of randomly casting powdered fertilizer over a field with a spread broadcaster. Now there are electronic sensors that determine where the fields begin and end, along with GPS sensors for determining what fertilizer mix is required at certain locations, plus a variety of spray nozzles to adapt to different application rates and chemicals.   Targeted Fertilizer and Pesticide Spraying Saves Over 40% There was a recent study done in California where [...]

Tractor Advances

Source: Deere.com The 8R cab looks like a video game console, but for real world performance. Tractor advances are no longer focused on the performance of the tractor strictly. Now the manufacturers have to combine performance with meeting restrictions for a variety of parameters from exhaust emissions, dust generation, fuel consumption, and any number of other regulations dreamed up by a bevy of paper pushers that have probably never even been inside of a tractor cab. Yes, the whole industry [...]

Top 5 Ag Tech Achievements of 2013

Top Ag Achievements of 2013 Putting together a top five list of agricultural technology equipment achievements is practically an impossible task. Every single piece of equipment that modern farmers use today require thousands of brilliant engineers to get to the level of performance that we now take for granted. These particular top five agricultural and farm machinery equipment achievements come from videos that were viewed most frequently, suggesting that farmers consider this technology to be key for them. Thank you [...]

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