Adopting new technology on the farm — from new hybrids to new pesticides, to full-on automation — comes with a price tag. This new or additional cost might be absolutely worth it if the technology makes more yield, decreases input costs, or saves you time and labour.
While most technology comes to the farm with some proof-of-concept to support it, how each individual new piece of equipment or variety performs on each farm is dependent on individual management, soil, and implementation.
When it comes to a full discussion on which technologies have proven their worth, variable rate is one that brings up plenty mixed reviews. Those who have implemented it seem to be firmly split between it being well worth it and those who view it as a flat-out cost, but, as the poll above suggests (though focused on fertilizer rates only), and as suspected by many in the industry, adoption has been slow to catch on.
Have your say in the poll above, and take a listen to the discussion on variable rate adoption pitfalls, below: