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Farming on the edge: Incorporating cutting-edge tech

01/14/2014 @ 1:42pm

Kerry and Angela Knuth (knuthfarms.com) farm in the heart of the Midwest near Mead, Nebraska, with their two sons Gregory, 16, and Garrison, 13.

In order to be successful, the Knuth family is continually looking at ways to advance its operation through investments in modern equipment and technology. What that means, in part, is relying on trusted advisers.

“To maximize the potential of a farm, we actively seek out other top producers and agricultural experts around the country to learn the latest management practices and to bring that knowledge back to our farm,” explains Kerry.

The Knuths accomplish this by working with professionals to choose the right seed genetics to match a field’s environment, by using the best-quality fertilizers and nutrients to maintain the health of the plant and soil, by scouting fields to minimize insect and disease pressure, and by monitoring conditions throughout the growing season, adding nutrients at the right growth stages to maximize their farm’s production.

Testing new tech

It also means testing the latest technology. This past season, they invested in Vehicle Path Mobile’s real-time fleet management.

“We decided to implement the fleet management software for logistical reasons,” says Kerry. “A smooth harvest depends on keeping the wheels moving, and knowing where those wheels are is a key part to keeping them moving. The takeaway for this technology is that if you operate on a lean time line, productivity is paramount. For the price, you can’t go wrong with this technology.”

For the Knuths, the software eliminates any communication lag and allows them to make more informed decisions on-the-go.

“Each new season brings with it new opportunities and new challenges,” says Kerry. “We are ready to meet those challenges with the latest in farming practices, new technology, and detailed management.”

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