Computers in Production Agriculture

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Science  26 Apr 1985:
Vol. 228, Issue 4698, pp. 422-427
DOI: 10.1126/science.228.4698.422


Modern production agriculture in the United States is becoming so complex and sophisticated that computers may soon be an essential tool of successful farm operation and management. Farmers are vigorously seeking information on relevant computer technology and using it as rapidly as economics and availability permit. Their demand for this technology is, however, price-sensitive under current economic conditions. The agricultural research and development system has a long way to go to provide the large integrated software and hardware packages—including simulators and expert systems interfaced with monitoring and control devices—needed to help American farmers retain their competitive edge.