More people are being fed than ever before because of the advances in farming technology in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. In 1930, one farmer’s work could feed 9.8 people for an entire year. Today, that figure has grown exponentially to 155 people. How are farmers doing it? With technology.
The same technology that helps you navigate your car has had an even larger effect on farming. In the 1990s, farmers began to use the Global Positioning System (GPS), a network of 24 satellites that orbit our planet. Using GPS technology, a farmer can know exactly where they are in the field. By mapping out the nutritional, water, herbicide, fungicide and pesticide needs of different areas of their fields, they can target each section with just the right amount of whatever it needs. GPS technology makes sure their equipment is in the right places to do this. The results are better yields, safer foods, and less environmental impact, because the farmer only has to spend the most time in the areas of their fields that need the most help.
Farmers use a GPS technology called Auto-steer. Listen to one of our Glass Barn farmers, Joe Steinkamp, explain how it works and its benefits.