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Ag technology

From horses to horsepower and beyond

By Staff | Apr 6, 2021

It is no exaggeration to say that much has changed since the first metal plow sliced into the thick, fertile Iowa soil.

The annual cycle of planting and harvesting continues, but just about everything else about farming has changed. And it is technology that has caused much of that change.

The animals that pulled those first plows have been replaced by tractors, which have become massive machines that have cabs packed with computers and other electronics. The tractors and other machinery farmers use are just the most obvious examples of the impact of technology upon agriculture. Even the seeds are impacted by technology.

In this edition of Farm News, you will find a special publication exploring ag technology.

In it are articles about things like using electricity to kill weeds. It’s actually not a new method, but technology is making it safer and more efficient.

Also included are articles about agricultural fleet management, a website that brings land owners and investors together, tiling, and increasing the torque and horsepower of diesel engines while improving fuel efficiency.

Those are just a few examples of the technology Iowa farmers use and will continue to use far into the future. Perhaps someday, tractors and combines will drive themselves.

Because of the massive impact of technology on agriculture, Farm News is pleased to bring you this special publication. We hope you find it enjoyable and informative.

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