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Brian Messerschmidt, of SGS Unlimited of Fargo, N.D., demonstrates a tractor being steered through a course by an AutoFarm GPS steering system at the Big Iron farm show in West Fargo, N.D., in this 2004 file photo. A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says such "precision farming" technologies have not been adopted as rapidly as expected. (Dave Wallis / The Forum, file photo)

USDA study examines adoption of precision farming technologies

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WILLMAR -- With input costs increasing, farmers are always looking for ways to be more efficient in the use of inputs. In recent years, increased efficiency has been made possible through the adoption of modern precision technologies that use information gathered during field operations to calibrate the application of seed, fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides.

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