Reducing wastes, saving time, and minimizing operator stress is how this farm family


Harry Siemens ? When the John Elias farm of Morden embraced the GPS technology in early 2000, it was a decision, John did not take lightly. Today his two sons, Jonathan, 32 and Tim, 21 embrace this technology along with their father and apply it to every aspect of farming of their 3,400 acres of corn, soybeans, canola, wheat and barley.
An auto-steer unit steers every implement on that farm including the fall tillage cultivator, planters, sprayer, fertilizer applicator, combine and scraper.

In an interview with John in 2005, he said incorporating the GPS technology and various systems takes commitment, time, and field-testing.

?The technology hasn?t always been ready,? said Elias. It wasn?t so much the machinery applications that held up the process, but the software development and of course losing the signal at the most inopportune time. Today the signal disruptions have become less, but even once a year is too much says John.
Those things didn?t stop them then and don?t stop them today from using most of what?s out there to make them better managers and save them money.

Agronomists often suggest leaving test strips or even using test plots to determine whether certain practices work for that farmer.

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