Technology and modern agriculture continue to advance. While technology presents opportunities for farmers to capitalize on new advancements like drones, satellite imagery, autonomous vehicles and other innovations, questions and concerns surround them.
Autonomous Vehicles: Many major automakers and equipment dealers are making investments in autonomous technology. Technology has advanced so as to allow for limited self-driving automation. This provides the driver the ability to cede control of all safety critical functions under certain conditions, while being on standby to take back control when needed.
Data and drones: Utilization of data collected from equipment, GPS, drones, and other technologies provide increased accuracy on the farm. This leads to reduced input costs, increased yield and less environmental impacts on farms. These results can be achieved by using precision technologies that collect weather data, track seed varieties, analyze nutrient applications, map crop yields and pinpoint disease. Complexities exist over ownership of the data collected, the right to analyze, compile or distribute the information gathered, as well as limitations surrounding new technologies such as drones.
Right to Repair: Technology has created tremendous opportunity for agriculture; it has also made maintaining, modifying, and repairing equipment more complex. Computer system problems now require special diagnostic tools and official service information which may be copyrighted by the manufacturer. Often a product’s warranty will only be valid if repairs are conducted by a certified dealer. ncreased opportunities to utilize technology like drones, satellite imagery, and computerized implements keep the data conversation in the forefront of the agriculture industry.
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