I had a good opportunity this week to talk to some leaders in the Agriculture Community. The normal conversations about the positive direction of agriculture started our conversations, but as the conversation went on, both of us looked at each other and we both agreed, there is so much more to learn and there is an endless opportunity for new technology in agriculture and more process improvement. Agriculture is one of the most innovative industries in the world. New technologies are being introduced each year at an alarming rate. The current economy is also facilitating this movement as farmers are making profits and leveraging their money to purchase new assets.
With all of this new technology being introduced and implemented, there is one thing that all of us need to pay attention to, that one thing is “LEARNING”. Sometimes we assume people understand the basics of agriculture and fertilization. I know, we at Midwest Laboratories are guilty of this with our own analysis. We perform the analysis report back a value and believe the client understands what the numbers mean. With new technology being introduced, especially on the data side, people should know what the reported values mean before they upload them into a program and have the program perform calculations on the data.
In addition, all of us need to take time out to visit companies and dealers who are making and selling new technology. You can only read so many articles on the internet or in publications. Going directly to businesses and seeing the technology in action gives a whole new meaning and learning experience. A couple of years ago, I had the experience first-hand of riding on a combine and watching the technology determine the number of bushels per acre being harvested. Experiencing that type of process first-hand is incredible and gives you a whole new perspective on what this technology can do and how we may be only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
What new technology and learning have you accomplished this week? Each day, there are new technologies being introduced, take some time to learn more about these technologies. In addition, it is a good time to invited others to see your own processes and help people learn more about your job and the work that you perform for clients.
Learning each day needs to be a priority.