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New technologies to help with farming


It's one of the biggest farm shows with some really big equipment; but, the biggest draw at this year's Dakota Farm Show in Vermillion, South Dakota is fairly small, technology.  And, Farmers are learning about several new products just hitting the market.

One that will be out this spring is Ag Finiti. It's a way for farmers to keep and share information about their crops and field production through the internet and Microsoft's Cloud.

"If they're out planting and they've got a prescription and it might be the wrong one or something changed and they want to update their prescriptions," said Mark Anderson from Ag Leader Technology. "Their consultant can also upload to the cloud a new prescription while the customer is in the field and the customer can grab it off the cloud and put it right in the display. Saves tons of time as far as travel back-and-forth between offices and getting that data where it needs to be."

Not only can technology help farmers from the ground, it can also help farmers from the sky, just like this UAV.

An unmanned ariel vehicle and an expert from Ariel Precision Ag said they're getting more attention because of what they can do to help with farming. Such as, capture high-definition color photos and video from high above.

"It's great for general crop scouting," said Phil Ellerbroek from Ariel Precision Ag. "It's able to identify weeds that are emerging, any kind of standing water or drought areas, and things of that nature."

"The unmanned ariel vehicles is going to be a great opportunity for farmers and professionals to explore what's going on out there in the fields to make it much more efficient scouting and determining what problems are seen in the fields," said Bob Liska, a farmer from Wayne, Nebraska

Just a glimpse at some of the technology, many are calling the future of farming.

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