As farmers grapple with increasingly complex practices, such as variable rate technology (VRT), a written technology plan can help them implement these practices successfully, notes Brad Beutke, Crop-Tech Consulting, Heyworth, Ill.
“As you develop the plan, talk with local equipment dealers, agronomists and other farmers who have experience with VRT to glean their ideas and suggestions and then make a list of priorities,” he says. “Once your list is drafted, prioritize it in the order you believe you will implement these practices. Prioritizing the list will give you some idea of immediate technology purchases you need to make as well as a list of items you can delay.”
Also, Beutke says to not worry about making the written plan a perfect document. Instead, he says, use it as a roadmap that can help guide you to your goals, and revise it as you become more certain of the practices you want to implement.
In the following video, Beutke provides some additional suggestions for farmers’ consideration as they evaluate new technology practices.