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10 High-tech Tools on the Typical Farm

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GPS Steering
This farmer monitors several things via GPS and other high-tech tools in his tractor. LivingImages/Getty Images
This farmer monitors several things via GPS and other high-tech tools in his tractor. LivingImages/Getty Images

Farmers who aren't yet ready to hand over the tractor keys to a machine can still take advantage of new technology to make the most of their time behind the wheel. In the same way that GPS helps drivers find the shortest route from points A to B, the mapping systems are being widely used to help farmers follow a straight line when plowing their fields for planting.

In a 2014 survey by British publication Farmers Weekly, growers cited GPS steering as the top new farm technology in use, ahead of robotic milking machines and smartphones. It allows them to save time, energy, fertilizer and seed by ensuring that they don't cover the same area twice [source: Griffiths].


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