10 High-tech Tools on the Typical Farm

Cloud Computing
Visitors and employees crowd the Deutsche Telekom stand at the CeBit 2012 fair. A 2014 survey showed that 17 percent of farmers used cloud computing to store and share data. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Cloud computing isn't just for office jockeys and tech geeks. Like every other business, farming requires the folks running the show to have a good handle on all types of data. That includes inventory levels, equipment servicing schedules, weather patterns and – of course – crop yields.

About 17 percent of farmers currently use cloud computing to store and share data, according to a 2014 Farm Journal survey. By storing the information on a remote server that's accessible via the Internet, these users can sync their data on various computers and other devices and take advantage of customized software to get a more accurate picture of exactly what's happening down in the fields [source: Howard].