June 15, 2010

Podcast: Technology helps farmers be more efficient and better stewards

In this podcast, Brandon Hunnicutt, president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Giltner, discusses how technology plays a big role in farming today.

He notes that seed technology in the ground now allows plants to protect themselves from damaging pests, while also supporting conservation tillage -- and that impacts everything from water use to runoff.

He touches guidance systems reducing overlaps and waste, and discusses prescription agriculture -- how combining soil tests, yield maps and more to put fertilizer where it will do the most good. "It’s about managing inputs and opportunity," he said. "And it all means better yields with know-how and technology."

Of course anyone who knows Hunnicutt (@cornfedfarmer on Twitter) knows he enjoys technology. "I’ll admit straight out that I love technology," he said. "From smart phones to GPS to auto steer to planter controls to high-tech seed and more. Data, numbers, touch screens, wireless -- all of it."

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