Over the last few years we bought a lot of trinkets. Some paid for themselves and some did not. I had a recent question from a group of farmers about the value of precision ag and I didn’t have a ready answer. Since then I did some checking on what was of value from the precision ag offerings.
First, here a results from Nebraska in a 2015 survey with 125 respondents on: what are they willing to pay for?
- GIS based soil sampling.
- Yield monitor and yield mapping.
- Guidance based steering, mostly autosteer.
Next was from a grower survey by USDA/ERS in 2010 and 2012.
- Who uses precision ag? Corn and soybean growers, mostly.
- For what purpose? Yield mapping and guidance systems.
Next I found a survey of farmers in the EU in 2014. They asked some interesting questions and from my experience farmers think alike, so I’ll include it.
- Why use?