Wisconsin has a lot of great things: cheese, the Green Bay Packers, Ruekert & Mielke Inc., and a whole lot of farms.
In 2008, John Deere Agri Services added a new GIS option to its software. This allows info such as soil, slope and rainfall to be collected and analyzed. This vast amount of data can help farmers make difficult decisions about which crops to invest in.
Also, with accurate position information from GIS, equipment such as tractors are then able to use GPS to plant. In the video below, a tractor with a GPS system is literally driving itself. While planting, the farmer in the video explains, it’s important to drive in an incredibly straight line. GPS, with the help of GIS, is able to steer the tractor perfectly straight. All the farmer has to do is make sure nothing gets in the way.
According to the US Agriculture Census, there were 2.1 million farms in the US as of 2014. That’s a lot of people that could benefit from GIS technology. It’s pretty cool how so many different industries can benefit from GIS–farming included.