Farmers have used telecommunication devices to help keep their crops healthy, with many saying the devices helped them keep an eye on pests and disease.
The devices, which are sold in many parts of the world, include radios that broadcast on the radio waves that transmit information to crops, and telecommunication software that helps farmers keep tabs on their crops, said Dan Cappello, president of the United States National Association of Farmer Agri-Food Agencies.
“We have been using these devices for years, and they’ve proven useful for us,” he said.
Cappella said that farmers have used the devices to alert themselves when insects or other pests are nearby, as well as to track when pests or diseases are affecting crops.
The tools are also used to track the progress of the crops they plant, Cappellosaid.
“These devices are being increasingly used for communication between farmers, especially in rural areas, to keep tabs of what’s happening with their crops,” he added.
Some farmers have also installed telecommunication equipment on their property to keep a close eye on the crops, he said, adding that many have found that these devices have been a key component of their farming strategies.
“They’re also used for crop protection by a wide range of crops,” Cappelli said.
The farm equipment and software is part of the farming technology industry, which has been growing in recent years.
“Farmers are using the latest technologies to improve crop productivity,” said Robert Hargrove, president and CEO of the U.S. Federation of Small Businesses.
“While technology has evolved, farmers have adapted to them.
They’ve developed sophisticated, integrated systems that are ready to go, and with these technologies, we have found farmers have been able to use them more effectively and efficiently than ever before,” Hargravesaid.
In recent years, telecommunication has become increasingly popular among farmers as a way to stay in touch with each other and with their customers.
While the technology has a long history of being used in agriculture, it is gaining in popularity among the general public as a technology for communication, said Mike Toth, executive director of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
“It’s a great way to communicate with customers, as a whole, and for a business that is trying to stay on top of their customer base,” Toth said.
In addition to the technology, many farmers have a variety of devices that are also connected to the internet, he added, adding these devices are also a great communication tool.
“A lot of people who use these devices use them for email, but that doesn’t mean that they’re used to the use of telecommunication in the real world,” Tith said.
Hargrvve said he would like to see more of the rural community take the technology further.
I think there’s a need for more technology in the rural economy,” he concluded.