Have you visited a real farm lately?
Australia is the most urbanised country in the world and surveys say only 1 in 2 Australians have had a ‘farm experience’.
Having a farm experience can mean lot of different things to different people
For the majority of students in our school their farm experience is the school’s agriculture plot. You can see it here
For some people it might be a vegie patch in your own backyard. Maybe like Amber’s Teeny Tiny Farm
Maybe they have visited a farm tourist attraction like this one http://www.oxleyfarm.com.au/
The problem with all these experiences is people often have this idea farming is old fashion and farmers look like old MacDonald
They don’t get to see the level of technology that the farmers who actually feed more people than their own families use. This often leads to young people like us not seeing agriculture as an exciting career
I would think not too many people have visited a farm like Cotton Young Farming Champion Richie Quigley’s
or Beef Young Farming Champion Bronwyn Roberts whose family have been feeding the world for 500 years
If they had they would see things like precision farming technology
This technology allows farmers to match things like fertilizer, pesticides and seed to the yield potential of specific parts of the paddock. This means that crop nutrients and chemical inputs are being applied efficiently where they are required and at a rate that will be effective in getting the best outcome for food production with minimal impact on the land that grows it
These tools also gather extremely useful and accurate data that allow quick and clear analysis to enable informed management decisions to be made.
Take a look at this video and you will see what we mean.
On Australian Cotton farms they have machinery like this
Our farmers, growers, and producers are taking up smartphone app technology that gives them up to the minute access to general information tools, like weather, news, or finance. Then there are farm management and data collection apps, calculator apps, information and resource apps as well as enabling apps
Here are a few American Examples
* Agriculture Crowdsourcing: These sample apps use the smartphone and crowdsourcing to bring data from the field into a lab database.
* Agriculture Management Information Apps: These types of applications are mostly mobile extensions of a farm or operation management system.
* Agriculture Calculator Apps: These are a sample of some of smartphone tools to help make in field calculations without having to head back to the home office.
* Agriculture Information Resource Apps: These types of apps are primarily used as a lookup tool, either to help identify species, review a piece of regulation, or get the specifics on an issue.
* Agriculture News Apps: These are a sample of agri-media focused news aggregators.
* Weather Apps: These are a sample of smartphone weather applications.”
Does a career get more high tech than farming? Looks pretty exciting to us