Dan Crummett has more than 35 years in regional and national agricultural journalism including editing state farm magazines, web-based machinery reporting and has an interest in no-till and conservation tillage. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State Univ.
Mainstream on-farm autonomous machinery gained a lot of ground in 2019, particularly if you consider a prototype New-Holland natural-gas-fueled driverless tractor got prime billing at the New York Stock Exchange over the Labor Day weekend.
Micro-processors monitoring Li-ion surge charging in real time allows rapid battery recharge while protecting battery cycle life. Inventors say it’s scalable to current farm tractor electric prototypes.
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, has been causing a stir in the manufacturing field for nearly 20 years, but today the computer-driven process by which parts are created by successive layering of various plastic and metal components has quietly become mainstream in the design shops of major agricultural equipment manufacturers.
As precision agriculture honed practices for planting, fertilizing, watering and harvesting crops over the past 20 years, it has lagged somewhat in helping farmers with what many say is historically the most important factor of agriculture — preparing a proper seedbed for planting and protecting the soil for future crops.
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