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ISU Economist Says Cost An Issue In High-Tech Farming

Statewide Iowa — An Iowa State University extension economist says high-tech farming methods aren’t something most farmers are trying.

Alejandro Plastina says the issue is getting enough payback to make the investment.

He says those costs have held back its widespread use.

Plastina, who specializes in figuring the cost of production for farmers, says GPS tracking and other technology can give farmers a lot of information.

He says farmers that get the data need to know how to use it. Other farmers can benefit by using the old-fashioned data they gather and putting that to use as they prepare for planting.

Plastina says you can find a lot of information to help you make those calculations on the ISU Extension website.

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