Technology On Farms


A robotic milking machine milks a cow.


Blue Earth County farmer Pat Duncanson plants corn using iPads and other technology to read about the soil, seeds, path of the tractor, and much more.


Dairy farmers use technology to follow the milk production for each cow on their farm.

Many of today's farms are high-tech places. How much do you know about technology on farms?

Which of the following is not used on farms today?

  • Robots to milk cows
  • Self-driving tractors
  • Self-planting seeds
  • Temperature and moisture sensors

Farmers today can use robots to help them milk cows more frequently. There are self-driving tractors. GPS helps farmers plan and map crops, guide tractors, and track crop yields. Temperature and moisture sensors allow farmers to know when crops may be overheated or in danger of cold, or when they need irrigation. Drones are used to check on crops, spray chemicals or irrigate, analyze field conditions, and even plant seeds. All of these technologies help farmers be much more efficient, safer, and environmentally sound.


What is it?

  • Answer
  • Wheat! More wheat is planted in the world than any other crop. Wheat kernels are ground into flour that is used to make bread, pasta, cereal, tortillas, cakes, cookies, crackers, and more!



Fun Fact: Minnesota ranks 4th nationally in dry edible bean production. Dry edible beans include pinto, navy, Great Northern, kidney, and black beans.


What's orange and sounds like a parrot?

  • Answer
  • A carrot!