According to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), agriculture ranks among the most dangerous industries in the U.S. According to a 2011 report, the fatality rate for agricultural workers was 7 times higher than that of workers in private industry, and an average 243 agricultural workers suffered a serious lost-work-time injury each day.
Stress and fatigue are the leading causes of injuries and fatalities for these workers. Approximately 90% of U. S. farms are small, family-owned operations who rely on second, off-farm jobs to make enough money to stay in business. This forces them to relegate farm work to early mornings and late nights. These extended hours take a toll both in and out of the cab.
Fatigue doesn’t have to be a part of the farming equation, at least in terms of watching rows and concentrating on alignment. Farmers have an arsenal of technology at their disposal, and GPS and autosteer are among the leaders in fighting farmer fatigue. Outback Guidance is doing their share with a product line of affordable, hands-free, all-in-one solutions designed to remove the burden of precision from the operator.
In conclusion, GPS/autosteer products provide a clear return on investment for farmers, but the reduced stress and fatigue the systems offer provides a savings that a farmer can really feel.