If you are a farmer, what better time than the dead of winter to think about improving your equipment or to increase your crop yield. That is why the Iowa Power Farming Show taking place in Des Moines in January 29-31, 2019 is a big deal. It is the largest indoor farm show in the United States. Farmers from around the country come to look at all the new equipment and talk about improving yield and lowering cost.
As Spring rolls around again farmers around the country are starting to wake the fields and getting them ready to supply the American market with wheat, soybean and corn. Just over two million farms dot America’s rural landscape. And about 99 percent of these farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.
Anyone who works in a greenhouse or in the context of horticulture understands the importance of efficiency. The typical greenhouse or horticulture business requires extensive outdoor work with chemicals, water, plants and computers. Greenhouse automation makes substantial use of computers in this push for efficiency. Some horticulturists actually spend the majority of their day out in the field, analyzing data with a tablet or smartphone.