GPS technology helps farmers speed up harvest process


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Wabash Valley farmers are working to put the final touches on their fields for 2016.

Harvest season comes to a close, and thanks to technology might have gone a little bit faster.

Farmer Chuck Curran says a job that would usually take a week only took them a day.

“That was the first time in my lifetime, because that was the farm that I grew up on, that that farm has ever been harvested in one day,” Curran said. “It was just kind of astonishing to, you know, it was overwhelming really.”

Curran says they tackled 250 acres in that day with two combines.

The GPS technology they use allows them to program their fields into the system.

Helping to guide the way and take over the wheel.

In the end making it easier on the farmer.

“We have to cover so many acres now because there’s fewer and fewer farmers every day, and it just, it helps with everything,” Curran said.

Curran says one of the downsides to the technology is when it fails, causing the farmer to have to do everything manually.

Another is the upwards of $10,000 price tag it brings.

But says in the end, it’s streamlining their process.

“Now, you know, we’re only overlapping maybe 6 inches, where in the past you’d be 2 to 3 foot,” Curran said. “That doesn’t sound like much, but over a 10 or 12 hour day, you know, each foot on each pass adds up to several acres.”

Curran says they also use the GPS technology to plant their crops in the spring.