According to Professor Craig Baillie, director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Agricultural Engineering, technology can be a helpful tool to help farmers to make more money during good years, and also to prepare for tough times.
Baillie, who is also the deputy executive director of the Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences, also said that future farms won’t look as different, except for the presence of technology like machines to ensure things happen seamlessly.
Still, Baillie strongly advises farmers against rushing to buy agricultural technology as a quick fix for a temporary problem.
On the other hand, Southern Cross University’s director of strategic project Lorrain Gordon sees technology as another tool for farmers that should be wielded carefully.
She believes that farmers must continue to be familiar with the fundamentals of farming like understanding the ecology of soil, looking at the needs of livestock and crops, and other knowledge that comes with experience.