Greater Need for Efficiency in Farming:
"As an example," Davis recalls from John Beasley
, Professor of Crop Physiology and Management at the University of Georgia, "in 1986, about 14,500 active peanut producers planted 675,000 acres. In 2012, about 4,500 active producers planted 735,000 acres. Most of today's producers are strung out with too much acreage and too little time."
The statistics show that farming has become much more efficient today than in 1986, but even with technology advances farmers are still under greater pressure to yield a larger harvest, faster, and with the same or fewer resources. Vehicle automation has the capacity to help overstretched producers meet the challenges of 2013 farming.