Technology update: Taking a bird’s eye view of your ag operation

A picture IS worth a thousand words. And you can take advantage of that by taking a bird’s eye view of your farm or ranch, using software like Google Earth and Bing Maps. It’s a whole new way to manage operations! [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]

Farmers and ranchers have only begun to scratch the surface of their capabilities with phones, laptops, and tablet computers. Besides checking on weather and email, modern technology allows them to map their farms and ranches and generate work orders from the data.

Software like Google Earth and Bing Maps are being used on news and weather reports every day. They use a background map with an overlay of radar for their report. Farmers and ranchers can take advantage of that technology, also. Using a background map of your groves, for example, you can add radar to show harvesting and/or care-taking jobs. It also can display wells, pumps, irrigation, barns — or any other asset you want defined on the map!

Today, many programs allow you to draw the boundaries of your land, so it’s pretty easy to identify your farming operations. This type of technology, integrated with a database application designed for agriculture, pulls together all the information you need to manage your farm at a glance. It’s time to soar with the help of technology.


column by RICK MONTNEY

BIO: Rick Montney is the Vice President of ProPak Software. His extensive experience spans over 35 years in business information systems technologies with previous employment at Exxon Office Systems, Information & Computing Services, & IBM. For the past 20 years his focus has been on agricultural software technologies. [/emember_protected]

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