GPS technology today is used for so much more than monitoring tractor-trailers filled with goods or fleet vehicles driven by service technicians.
GPS tracking and monitoring devices is being used to track people, pets, and even phones.
They can provide information about a vehicle or equipment's use and movements. So how is GPS tracking and monitoring being used to simplify farming and agriculture?
Reduce Manual Labor Needed for Tractor Use
Farms and agricultural businesses managing dozens and hundreds of acres have quite a bit of area to cover. Literally!
GPS tracking and monitoring devices can simplify agricultural and farming tasks such as:
- Pest Control
Using a GPS tracking and monitoring system, agricultural centers can program which routes tractors use.
This will help save money and time by reducing fuel consumption and the need for additional manual labor.
Target Specific Areas Needing Crop Dusting
Crop dusting is important to the success or failure of a farm's crops. With the negative effects it can have on the environment and crops themselves, farmers are looking for ways to minimize treating areas that are uninfected.
- Using a GPS solution, workers can record the geographic location of insect problems.
- This data can then be used to treat only those specific areas, preventing the unnecessary treating of an entire farm area and protecting the health of uninfected plants.
Geofencing and Landmarks Used to Monitor Crops
GPS technology can be programmed to create landmarks and geofences around specific geographic locations.
This information can be used to zone specific areas of a farm to provide information regarding crop yields.
Each crop can be set-up with its own geofence or landmark to help establish things like:
- Crop yields
- Soil sampling
- Feeding schedules
This information can be used to determine how well a particular crop is or isn't performing. Information regarding the nutrient quality of the soil, the amount of fertilizer the crop is using, and any treatments it has undergone for pests can be recorded and used for future planting.
GPS Technology is Constantly Advancing
GPS use in agriculture and farming is growing as quickly as technology is advancing.
Farmers have learned the benefits of using GPS technology and even use it as a way to track and locate wayward farm animals.
With the technology advancing as rapidly as it is, so are the many ways GPS tracking is being used to save time and money to help continue the 'greening' of the farm.