Jesse Scott has been in agriculture all his life.
“We never thought we’d have computers in tractors 15, even 10 years ago. Now we have computers driving tractors,” said Scott.
Those computers are part of precision agriculture. It’s all about accuracy in the field.
Farmers are using GPS systems, sensors, satellites, and aerial images.
“In the long run it will save a lot on chemicals, a lot on fertilizer, possibly mis-application of fertilizer. It helps the environment because there is no excess to get in streams and such,” said Scott.
He’s been using precision agriculture for about three years.
But like most technology, it’s always changing.
That’s why the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center held a workshop for area growers. Speakers from three European universities talked about improving their efficiency.
“That means applying less and getting more out of these applications. Those inputs especially water are not unlimited inputs. They are limited inputs and we need to learn to do better with less,” said Dr. Brenda Ortiz, Auburn University Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist.
Although the investment can be high, Scott says the return is worth it.
“On some of the chemicals with the chemical applications I have had sizeable savings over the past years
As those savings increase so does his profit.