Howard Dahl of Amity Technology says precision agriculture will allow farmers to do things they’ve never done before, reports Tracy Frank on TheDickinsonPress.com.
Dahl talked about precision ag around the world at the fifth annual Precision Ag Summit held this week in Jamestown, ND.
Because of precision ag, Dahl said strides are being made in water utilization where water is scarce. It’s also helping farmers use less fertilizer — saving money and the environment — when they use it in the right amount, at the right time, in the right place, he said.
“China is probably the greatest opportunity for precision ag being applied” because farmers there use twice as much fertilizer as they need to, he said.
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Farmers have traditionally managed their farms with experience and gut-instincts, he said, but technology is making everything from planting to applying chemicals more precise.
Precision ag can save up to 30% of fertilizer costs, Dahl said.