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Technology is Revolutionizing the World of Agriculture
From small family farms to larger operations, technolgy is revolutionizing the world of agriculture. "This is just a bare bones muscle around the farm," said Phil Borgman, sales representative for Stevens Implement, Co. in Petersburg. A 1979 John Deere tractor and a 16 row planter get the job done. "This is a 1978 John Deere 7000 planter. Back when this came out, it was the best of the best. This thing would plant seed at the exact, perfect spacing. You would just have to run it at very slow speeds," Borgman said. Fast forward to 2014. Where tractors steer themselves. "Whenever you hit this button, the tractor takes over and it will actually steer itself. If we were in a field right now, i'd actually not be using my hands at all," said Borgman. The inside of a tractor looks more like an airplane cockpit. "Through these displays, you also operate multifunctions on different implements, whether it be a planter, a field cultivator," said Borgman. The needs of farmers have changed over the decades. You see farmers with higher acres and they need to get those acres planted faster at the right depth, at the right spacing, at higher speeds. Equipment has progressed to accomplish those needs. "This allows farmers to be more productive in the field, get more things done and do it safer and more efficiently," said Phil Borgman. Planting is the most important season for farmers. "That's when they get the crops in the field and that's where they make their money. So John Deere along with the other companies, are spending a lot of money in order to get the technology to where everything is perfect.," Borgman said. Thanks to Precison Planting, perfection is possible. "Farmers whenever they plant, they want to have the speed spaced at the correct interval and at the proper depth, in order to get maximum yields out of it. New planters actually have all this technology built in it to insure that the farmer plants his seed at the proper depth," said Borgman. Phil Borgman is a sales representative for Stevens Implement, Co. in Petersburg, and says older farmers are catching onto the new technology just fine. "They actually know their way around the screens and around the computers, better than some of the younger farmers do," Borgman said.Friday, May 16 2014, 08:21 PM CDT