June 1, 2017
From the invention of the cotton gin to drones and robots, agriculture has always advanced on the back of new technologies. This week’s Super Six kicks off with an excellent piece from the Wall Street Daily on agriculture and technology, something that the Alliance Tire Group knows a lot about.
- The Wall Street Daily observes that if you think about it, farming and technology have always been joined at the hip. In a bygone era, agriculture advanced on the back of inventions like the cotton gin, the reaper, and the thresher. Today, farming involves the use of wireless technologies, GPS positioning, and lasers to be more efficient. But, tomorrow’s farmers will be taking agriculture technology a bit further by using Big Data, robots, drones, and numerous other technological wonders.
- The Alliance Tire Group is at the forefront of ag tire technology with products such as Increased flotation (IF/VF) tires. With the introduction of the new Alliance Agriflex IF 372 IF650/65R34 CFO size (pictured below), ATG has released its 31st increased flotation (IF/VF) tire under the Alliance brand—making our line-up of IF and VF tires one of the biggest in the industry. The new 372 IF is quite a tire: it features a special stubble guard compound and the ability—like other IF tires—to carry 20 percent more load at the same inflation pressure as conventional radials, or to carry the same load at 20 percent less pressure. VF tires, or very-high-flexion tires, boost those figures to 40 percent more load or 40 percent less inflation pressure.
- One of the hallmarks of the U.S. ag industry is collaboration, particularly when it comes to sharing the latest technologies. For instance, agriculture.com reports on the Successful Farming magazine editors bringing the leading innovators and researchers in agricultural technology, robotics, equipment, and soil health all to one place for a must-attend one-day event — the 2015 Tools of the Future Showcase.
- As we look ahead to the promise of new technologies, it’s important to recognize the role that technologies have played in farming’s past. This USDA blog discusses National Dairy Month in June and how many scientific advances and processes radically changed the industry, including pasteurization, the development of the centrifugal separator that removes milkfat and allows the manufacturing of more dairy products, and the Babcock test that determines milk fat content.
- Drones are certainly a key topic in discussions about agriculture and technology. This insightful story from NPR looks at the future role of drones in farming and the rules that will govern their usage.
- Our final story this week from agweb, powered by Farm Journal, looks at the graying of the American farmer. What’s the connection with technology? With potentially fewer farmers working the fields in the future, technology will play an essential role in maintaining America’s status as the breadbasket to the world.