Whether to buy new or used equipment has been and continues to be an important topic for growers. When it comes to precision agriculture technology, many used machines are outdated and lack features for implementing variable rate prescriptions, documentation, or monitoring and calibrating yield. While there are opportunities for updating older machines, the process can be complicated and expensive.
When it comes to precision agriculture, most think of the newest machines and the latest technology. However, buying new isn’t always an option. For some growers who are running older equipment that still works well or are looking at buying a pre-owned machine, there may be some opportunities for upgrading the technology.
Machine upgrades come in the form of retrofit kits that add functionality to equipment. There are many companies on the market, from small to large manufacturers, that have products designed for planters, sprayers, and combines. The difficulty for many growers is in choosing the right product for their needs.