Just to really emphasise this let me restate: I was able to ask questions and receive instant responses from a member of federal cabinet just 4 days before a federal election*. Read that last sentence again and think about how social media is changing our world.
Last Sunday I was able to give the Communion address at the local church I attend. Yes, I’ve just publicly outed myself as a church goer. Hopefully you’re still reading and havn’t yet closed your browser window. If you are still reading, but are not terribly impressed with the Christian people you have observed in you time, then I understand.
For the last 60 years or so, farmers the world over have been doing their job so successfully that they’ve literally been doing themselves out of work. Innovations since WWII including ever bigger and more powerful tractors and implements, improved knowledge & use of fertilisers, better weed and disease management practices, better soil management practices and many other innovations have meant that farm productivity growth has outpaced global population growth for a long time.
Farmers aren’t stereotypically known for their ability to adopt and embrace new technologies. Which is often unfortunate because business and farming practice in agriculture is constantly changing and evolving, as it always has done. This is one of the several things I’ve found that IT & Agriculture have in common: The need to constantly improve and stay informed of industry trends and, dare I say it, ‘best practice’
To repeat: I was participating in a live twitter discussion using my iPhone 3Gs over the Next G network while sitting on a tractor that was steering itself with 2cm satellite guided accuracy while pulling planting equipment weighing several tonnes. Farming has come a long way.
I had an interesting idea the other day: I thought that I could show you, my humble readers, just how much our surrounding landscape changes through a year. My idea was to climb 1 of our very high silos and take a photo or 2 of the surrounding countryside every month.