Month: June 2012

The Future of Farming

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Depending on whom you ask, modern farming began in present-day Turkey and the Middle East about 10,000 years ago. For about 9,850 of those years, farming was a backbreaking, never-ending cycle of plant, tend, harvest, and repeat.  Things got a little easier (a relative term) starting in the mid 19th century with the help of the mechanization that grew out of the Industrial Revolution. Even with the advent of modern machinery, farming was still a sun-up to sundown endeavor. Despite the past ten centuries of relative stasis, it seems as if farming is going through one of its biggest changes. As younger people are taking over family farms, they want to marry the old with the startlingly new. They want to turn farming into a technology-based 9-5 occupation. This might not seem like a big deal to most people who rely 24-7 on their smart phones, computers, and tablets. However, the idea of monitoring crops, soil PHs, and silos remotely completely changes the art of farming. The time-savings alone change what it means to be a farmer. Tasks that might have taken 4 or 5 hours can now be accomplished in a matter of minutes.  It is exciting because it means that many young people, who might otherwise be scared away by the overwhelming demands of farming, will now see it as a viable future.

At Dryer Master, we already feature on-line moisture sensors that allow for remote usage. However, that is just the beginning. Currently we are working hard to make all of our dryers and sensors controllable via the internet. In order to keep up with demands of an exploding world population, farmers need to become one with modern technology. It is an exciting time, and we can’t wait to share with you as our on-line footprint grows bigger and stronger.