Farming is one of the oldest professions in the world. Although lot of advancements have been made with each passing generation, many of the tools that were used for harvesting and planting in days gone by are still used in fields all across the country today.
With more than 35 million people in Canada - every one of which needs to eat - farmers are being stretched to the limit. Plus, with many growers reaching retirement, the up and coming generation is taking the reins with little time to adjust to market demands.
Thanks to the advancement of technology - particularly as it relates to the Internet and mobile device use - these forces can be addressed with today's conveniences.
The following are 5 technology tools you can use to help make your farm a well-oiled machine:
"What's the corn rootworm situation like? This website will tell you."
1. Insect Migration Data
The weather is a common denominator for every farmer. As such, they always have to be up to date on what the forecast is for their area.
But something else that farmers share in common is insects. Anything that grows attracts pests, potentially causing serious damage when left to their own devices. Corn rootworm is particularly pernicious.
You can find out what pest conditions are like with InsectForecast. This website tracks insect migration patterns in the United States and Southern Canada.
2. Self-Charging Flashlight
There's only so many hours in the day to get everything done, and generally speaking, when the sun goes down, it's time to call it a night.
But for those chores that you don't get to during the daylight, a self-charging flashlight can help brighten darkened paths. John Deere sells a self-charging flashlight that's LED-powered and holds a charge for hours.
3. Fuel Consumption Apps
You'll be hard-pressed to find a farm owner who doesn't have a tractor. From mowing to tilling, digging to shoveling, tractors are an all-in-one wonder.
However, because they do so many things, they can also burn through gas pretty quickly, whether unleaded or diesel.
If you go to Apple's app store, you should be able to find several applications that chart how much fuel you use so that you know when it's time for a refill. These help improve time management, as farming is definitely an industry where time is of the essence.
4. Tire Advisor
You wouldn't be able to get very far on your tractor without a quality set of tires, and you need them on fields that are unstable.
Tire manufacturer Bridgestone has a free app that allows you to search for commercial tire products, comparing performance and prices all in one place. It also has a search function so you can find exactly what you're looking for.
5. Farm Management
If you're not producing as a farmer, you're losing, so it's important to implement the best practices that result in more growth and yield.
To help with this Farm at Hand has a free app available on several different platforms - including iPad, iPhone and Android. Farm At Hand is a free, cloud-based farm app that allows you to manage your entire farming operation from seed to sale.
There are literally millions of apps that are available to download, many of them for free. If you haven't already, enter "farmers" into the search parameters. You're sure to find apps that will do just the thing you're looking for