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Variable rate tech sweeps US Farms

Agriculture is evolving, and the USDA's data highlights this transformation. The star of this change is Variable Rate Technology (VRT), which is finding increased favor, especially among corn and soybean farmers. 

VRT's journey hasn't been meteoric. Introduced in the late 90s, its appeal was limited, with less than 10% adoption across crops such as corn, soybeans, and rice. Fast forward to today, the narrative is different. Corn fields witnessed a VRT adoption of 37.4% in 2016, up from a mere 11.5% in 2005. Likewise, cotton fields have seen a VRT uptake surge from 5.4% in 2007 to 22.7% in 2019. 

Traction isn't limited to these crops. 2018 saw 25.3% of soybean fields using VRT, while winter wheat recorded an 18.8% adoption in 2017. 

An apparent pattern emerges from the data, large farms are keener on VRT. The rationale is economic, with the substantial production volumes of big farms justifying the fixed adoption costs. 

But why this fascination with VRT? The answer lies in its ability to optimize. Farmers use VRT to pinpoint the placement of seeds, chemicals, and fertilizers. The result is enhanced yields, reduced wastage, and a stride towards sustainable farming. 

To explore more about this farming revolution, refer to the USDA's report, Precision Agriculture in the Digital Era, unveiled in February 2023. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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