There are two main groups of farmers today: those who value technology and automation, using modern techniques to create efficiency wherever possible – and others, who believe in a simpler, “back to the land” approach, moving away from fossil-fuel-powered equipment and instead doing most of their work by hand. For Fraser Valley farmers who are just starting out, the modern approach is probably easiest – although you’ll have to decide what works best for your crop and farm business. You may decide that upgrading the latest technology is too expensive. Or, it might make sense, especially if your farm is highly specialized in one crop or product.
What do we mean when we talk about technology in farming? Everything from hybrid seeds and advanced fertilizers to high-tech machinery such as GPS-guided sprayers, drones, computerized soil sensors, robotic carts and sorters, and automated irrigation systems.
Benefits of Technology in Farming
Each farmer must decide whether a particular technology’s benefits are worth the cost. But some advantages of implementing technology on South Fraser farms are:
- Streamlined processes, with less room for human error and waste
- Increased yields and greater food security
- Reduced labour costs
- Prevention of repetitive injuries
- Improved planning, through access to better soil and weather data
- Reduced vulnerability to pests and crop diseases
You can keep up to date on the latest advances in farm equipment and technology by reading Farm West, Certified Organic BC, Modern Agriculture magazine, AgCanada.com, Farm Industry News, and other farming publications.