Farmers are increasingly using global positioning, computers and other electronics to help them make the most of seed, fertilizer and other critical inputs during planting season, according to reports.

“Precision [agriculture] technology helps growers get more acres planted within their window of opportunity,” said George Huber of Trimble Navigation. “Precision ag will allow them to plant 24 hours a day if they choose.”

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Other reasons for adapting the technology include environmental stewardship, the desire for traceability and lower production costs. “The current economic times demand lowering the risks of growing a crop, and this is an excellent time to invest in the tools of precision agriculture,” said Huber. Larger operations, he said, will benefit from the increased efficiency of using computer technology to spread effective management over more acres.