Old McDonald never had it so good. Wireless technology allows today’s farmers to till soil, and plant and harvest crops with incredible precision. Nutrient and water application is now a science based on constant streams of data mined from mobile sensors detecting field and environmental conditions. On-board wireless telematics diagnose and communicate problems-in-the making with machinery, allowing farmers to preempt breakdowns and to save valuable time and money. These are just some of the many wireless solutions helping the American agriculture industry to reduce costs, cut waste, and ultimately improve their yields, all vital to competing successfully on a global scale.
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Farmers have always had a reputation for knowing their land and their crops, and for possessing an intuitive sense of how Mother Nature’s whims can affect their livelihood. Those qualities are still important. Nothing beats experience and know-how. But today’s technology is giving American farmers critical assistance, better informing their decisions than any educated hunch and allowing them to vastly increase their productivity and efficiency.
For example, wireless communication between a combine operator and a tractor and grain cart allow them to work in synch with each other, maintaining consistent speed, transmitting data about how the crops are being harvested, and dramatically reducing spillage. On-board telematics tell a farmer how a piece of machinery is operating, passing along information about engine integrity and other important factors, such as whether the machine has been idling and if so, for how long. Diagnostic trouble codes are also transmitted to a farmer’s wireless device, so that no matter where they are they’re made aware of potential trouble and can attend to it immediately. All of these parcels of data are useful to a farmer when determining how best to maintain optimal efficiency with his operation.
Assisted steering is another example of wireless technology at work in the fields. It leverages the power of mobile communication to give farmers new levels of precision in their planting, application control, yield monitoring, and data logging and mapping.
American farmers are competing against counterparts around the world. Every advantage is beneficial and wireless technology is offering them an upper hand by providing information that was previously inaccessible. It’s telling them when water and nutrients are needed by crops, the effects of environmental conditions such as excessive humidity and moisture, and how intelligent automated equipment can maximize yields. This is one more example of the positive impact wireless technology is having on a vital sector of the American economy, and why more spectrum is vital to ensuring even greater returns in the future.
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