Technology and farming – what about the smaller farms?

technology and farming

Sprayer from the Ottawa Farm Show

With each passing day technology progress more and more.

It’s crazy what we are able to do now versus what were able to do ten years ago. It seems like technology moves at a break neck pace.

Is technology good for farming?

This is something that I think about every now and again because I see two sides of the coin.

I see those farmers who can afford things like Trimble Autosteer, then you have the smaller farmers who have a hard time putting food on the table. It seems like two extremes.

Technology allows bigger farms to increase their yields and improve seeding and fertilizing. This is great, but what about those farmers who could benefit from that technology?

Also, with things like GMOs many people wouldn’t consider technology to be a good thing, at least in that department. GMOs is a topic for another post altogether though.

How do smaller farms get technology?

You could get a loan from the bank to buy new technology to improve your farm’s productivity, but then you owe the bank a hefty chunk of change. Also, you have to consider whether that new technology will provide enough of return on investment to merit its purchase.

I think this is the type of balance smaller farms have to deal with all the time.

One creative way to get funded to buy some technology is through Indiegogo and Kickstarter. I’ve read about cases where people funded a new project on their farm through these programs.

Now I’m not an expert when it comes to these platforms, so I am not sure how far you could take it. What I mean is, I’m not 100% if you could fund new technology through these methods.

Final thoughts

Technology can help farms increase yields and production. This equipment is affordable to larger farms but not always to smaller ones.

These days, farmers must be creative in their approach to getting new farm equipment. Think about solutions like crowdfunding.

What do you think? leave a comment.


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