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GPS In Agriculture: One Step Closer To Sustainability

Does your business has a sustainability initiative?

Generally speaking businesses that are part of the U.S. agricultural industry can execute sustainability strategies with the implementation of GPS. So, why don’t you make your agricultural business part of the sustainable community?

Were you aware of the fact that GPS can bring agriculture one step closer to sustainability?

Well, it can. And not only that, GPS in agriculture can allow agricultural companies to plant seeds, to apply fertilizers as well as to harvest crops in the most sustainable way.

Thereupon, the agricultural companies that have started with the implementation of GPS in agriculture have noticed that they can nowadays cover more acres with way greater accuracy in a shorter period of time.

By so, the GPS in agriculture helps companies save chemical, fuel and fertilizer costs.

It is done by simple integration of the GPS guidance systems with the tractors that are plowing the fields.

What Is A Sustainable Agriculture?

Sustainable agriculture means meeting the needs both food and textile needs in the present without harming future generations to meet their needs.

In other words, what I am trying to say is that a sustainable agriculture is a process of growing crops and farming in sustainable ways. Actually, it has become more of an ecosystem approach to agriculture.

In addition, sustainable agriculture includes processes that are not damaging the soil. These processes exclude the long known excessive tilling of the soil that can lead to erosion. As well the irrigation process is excluded too.

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Moreover, sustainable agriculture is more of getting to know what grows where, and how does it grow. That is to say not harming the soil, and in the process of building a sustainable agricultural system the people that can help the most to contribute in are: growers, distributors, retailers, food processors and so on.

Thereupon sustainable agriculture is becoming a topic of interest for many agricultural companies and farmers. Yet, the sustainability processes nowadays are made easier thanks to the GPS that has been specifically designed to meet the needs that agricultural companies have in order to achieve sustainability.

All businesses that want to go one step closer to sustainability are being supported by the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Changes.

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This commission not only that is supporting on businesses that want to go towards a more sustainable type of work, but are as well stresses the importance of GPS in agriculture. It is mainly so due to the fact that weather variability and climate change will negatively effect on the agriculture in the next years.

Henceforth, agricultural companies should become more environmentally friendly, and should try to strengthen the local economy by implementing GPS in agriculture.

GPS Gives Hyper Local Info

Hyper local info is of a great importance for agricultural companies.

As such it makes the GPS for agriculture an important technology tool for providing accurate location information at any point on or near the earth’s surface.

The GPS for agriculture can perform these processes by calculating your distance from at least three orbiting satellites at once. Therefore the aim of GPS in agriculture is to maximize the productivity and efficiency by adjusting the operational process.

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Hence, the implementation of the GPS in agriculture has started mainly due to the easy steps in locating the preselected field positions to collect soil samples.

Once the soil samples are brought to the lab, straight proportionally it is being analyzed. The next step after the analyze process includes creating a fertility map in the geographic information system.

With the help of the fertility map the agricultural companies can prescribe the amount of fertilizers for the field that is being sampled. It is just the beginning of the precision agricultural process.

GPS role in Precision Agriculture

What does precision agriculture stands for?

Well, to begin with doing the right things at the right time and at the right place. All these key points are essential for agricultural companies. Therefore precision agriculture can be achieved with the implementation of the GPS.

Hence, the GPS can keep agricultural companies informed about the right steps that they have to take. Taking the right steps in agriculture means using the planters, fertilizer applicators, harvesters in a proper time and at a proper place/field.

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Moreover, the implementation of GPS in agriculture can be interconnected with a note book computer that displays appropriate information layers that later on enable the users to see where they should start their work.

Should farmers consider using precision-agriculture technologies?

Farmers should definitely consider using precision agriculture technologies such as is the GPS.

Thereupon, farmers nowadays are increasing their interest into these types of technologies because they can clearly see the benefits behind it. Thanks to the implementation of GPS in agriculture, farmers will be able to cut their costs, since they are not going to waste any inputs.

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Moreover, as time goes by there are more and more improvements made with GPS for agriculture. That means that farmers and agricultural companies nowadays have a wide choice on improvement techniques.

In addition to that, by implementing precision-agriculture technologies, farmers and agriculture companies will contribute in a large scale to protecting the environment while growing healthy crops.

All in all, the agriculture nowadays is in necessity of early action that businesses should take in order to drive change in agricultural production systems and in increasing the investments in sustainable agriculture.

Achieve Accurate Planting

For a long time so far the agricultural industry in the USA has been struggling with the process of accurate planting.

Luckily, agricultural companies have managed to succeed in this process thanks to the GPS devices.

After long years of development the GPS devices have enabled agricultural businesses to tell easily what spacing a particular type of seed needs.

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In addition to that, the newly upgraded GPS devices can also provide businesses with the feature of checking on what depth the seed should be planted in order to achieve maximum growth.

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