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Unformatted text preview: ntage of new farming technology. Your company’s GreenStar system uses GPS satellite technology to let farmers know exactly where they are as they
drive equipment across their fields. For farmers like Reustman,
that means a new ability to micromanage even as many as 10,000
acres of corn or soybeans.
For instance, using the GreenStar system, farmers can map
and analyze characteristics such as acidity, soil type, or crop
yields from a given area. Using this information, they know exactly how much herbicide or fertilizer to spread over precisely
which spot—eliminating waste and achieving better results. With
cross-referencing and accumulated data, farmers can analyze
why crops are performing well in some areas and not so well in
others. Then they can program farm equipment to treat only the
problem area—for example, spraying a new insect infestation 2
yards wide, 300 yards down the row.
Some farms have already saved as much as $10 an acre on
fertilizers alone. For 10,000 acres, that’s $100,000 a year....
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