Precision Ag Institute announces preliminary results of technology
More than eight out of ten soybean, corn, wheat and cotton growers who use precision technology on their farming operations say this factor has increased their profitability, according to preliminary research findings from an effort conducted by dmrkynetec, formerly Doane Marketing Research, Inc., in partnership with the newly inaugurated PrecisionAg Institute.
The research, compiled from hundreds of grower interviews during the past three months, is designed to create a comprehensive benchmark of precision technology adoption among row crop growers in the United States.
Additional preliminary findings also indicate the following:
— Of those surveyed who indicated enhanced profitability, the mean savings per acre across different cropping systems, including corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton, ranged from $5.29 per acre to $9.44 per acre.
— Growers who use more precision agriculture technology, in particular, those using global positioning systems (GPS), electronic controller-driven application (ECD) and yield monitors, generally reported greater profitability.
In the first-known national survey of farmers who have not yet adopted precision agriculture technology, survey respondents overwhelmingly cited start-up costs as their principle barrier to using the technology. A distant second was that the technology was “too complex.”
“The research is providing insight into the real economic and technological opportunities and challenges related to precision technology products and methods,” said Paul Schrimpf, PrecisionAg Institute Manager and Group Editor of CropLife Media Group.
“Our hope was to test theories, challenge conventional thought, and get to the bottom of issues that have been puzzling the market for years,” he added. “We’re excited about the preliminary results and look forward to future discoveries we will uncover in the weeks ahead.”
The research is now entering its final phase, which will feature focus groups designed to ground-truth key findings, as well as unearth more of the psychological barriers to precision adoption. The final results of the research will be released at the InfoAg Conference, July 10-12, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Ill.
For more information on The PrecisionAg Institute, visit www.precisionag.com.