Using ag technology in a systems approach
The key: “Be smarter than a weed or an insect,” top researcher says
Technology is a good thing, but according to Dr. Dwayne Beck, researcher and farm manager at Dakota Lakes Research Farm in South Dakota, it’s just another tool—not the only tool in the arsenal when farming with a systems approach."Technology is there to augment good management, not to replace it,” Beck says.
As an example, Beck cites weed control. “If you put the same herbicide on the same weed, at the same time every year, it’s going to develop resistance,” he says. “The real key is to be smarter than a weed and an insect.” For Beck, it’s all about understanding how nature works and then farming in a system that considers those natural processes—and selecting the tools to manage that system wisely. Watch the three-minute video.
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