Give the Gift of Technology

Talia GoesAgribusiness, technology

image003All things wireless top the list of technology-related gifts that farmers want for Christmas this year. More than 40 percent of those surveyed are putting wireless remote cameras and wireless remote weather station / soil sensors on their lists. And nearly 50 percent would like a wireless farm network that extends up to 7.5 miles from their homes.

Those are the findings of an informal survey by Ayrstone Productivity that was conducted with row crop growers across the Corn Belt and surrounding states. More than 100 people responded.

Farmers are also frustrated by the lack of connectivity on their farms. In fact, nearly 80 percent of those surveyed said they are frustrated that their wireless network does not extend to sheds, grain bins or nearby fields. Ayrstone works with farmers and ranchers in North America to help them be more efficient and productive by providing Internet connectivity across their properties. Learn more at

Other technology-related gifts that farmers say they want according to the survey include wireless remote grain monitoring, iPad or other tablet, new router and remote thermal imaging.