Local soybean farmer John Horter.

How does technology affect sustainability in agriculture?

From the way we shop to the way we socialize, technology has infiltrated our lives and changed the way we do things. The same is true for farmers. Farmers are constantly looking for new ways to evolve their practices to protect the environment. Thanks to advancements in farm practices, like precision agriculture, farmers are more efficient and sustainable today than they ever have been.

Not all farm fields are created equal. One field may contain many different soil types, pest pressures, nutrients and moisture levels. With precision agriculture, farmers can manage their fields based on what a particular area needs to grow a successful crop. This way, they can efficiently allocate resources like fertilizer, water and pesticides.

Hear more from South Dakota farmer John Horter about how he uses technology on his farm.

Farmers are always looking for ways to improve the way they farm and protect resources for future generations. This continuous improvement and adoption of new practices like precision agriculture means farmers will continue to preserve the land and natural resources. Have more questions for John about agricultural technology or sustainability? Leave them in the comments.