In order to increase profit margins and stay ahead of the competition, technology consultant John McGuire recommended that farming operations embrace modern data gathering tools.
In a series of blog posts written over the course of October for Farm Futures, McGuire wrote that farmers during harvest time need to accurately input and track inventory at two locations - in the field and in an office setting. Ultimately, farmers cannot solely depend on more established data gathering methods, as records need to be computerized for use further on in the supply chain.
"Old approaches to collecting data no longer invoke a sense of trust," IT professional Mark Forman and independent consultant Christopher Lyons wrote in an October op-ed article for federal technology website FCW.
While it is often customary for farmers to manage inventory at harvest time using a pen and paper, this data collection method may no longer be cutting it. Instead of entering all of the information twice, farmers may be better suited using data collection software that they can carry with them into the field, McGuire wrote. This way, the information can be accurately obtained once and doesn't have to be collected and then inputted into a computer. Also, it allows for more real-time information to be gathered, and can allow this data to be shared with others in the supply chain.