|Livestock auctions were “massive databases” back then.|
Hundreds of articles and websites could inform us about new tech on the farm, but one more that grabbed my attention has an eerie eye-in-the-sky feel to it. Apparently, this device is designed so that agribusiness can know the details about growers and their cropland. “The GPS on mobile devices allows any user to quickly and easily learn about farm fields and farmers around their current location.” I’m not sure if it identifies the farmer’s shoe size or favorite pizza yet, but that’s no doubt coming. The company says it offers a “massive database of over 200 trillion data points.” And to think, the old days featured a database made up of the locals gathered at the feed store—usually five or six “drones” in overalls and old Clyde who never passed on anything from his data base without first spittin’ a chunk of Red Man tobacco. But overall, the information was solid, and these drones never needed their batteries recharged–unless you count the free coffee and donuts.
NOTE: Check this blog for more links about ag drones and a reflection about being a kid on the farm before drones.
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