Source: Purdue University

A decade from now, farmers will rely on the marriage of agronomic, information and process control technologies to grow thousands of acres of crops in ways that create smaller carbon footprints, predicts a Purdue University agricultural economist.

Crop farming could become both simpler and more complex by 2020, said Mike Boehlje.

"There will be challenges and opportunities for agriculture 10 years down the road," Boehlje said. "Those will involve the continued change in the size of the agricultural industry at the farm sector level, the sustainability issue, challenges associated with productivity and resource utilization, and the increasing demands our urban society is making on farming."

Boehlje will discuss what he believes the future holds during the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference. The conference takes place Dec. 14-15 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. Boehlje's presentation, "Row Crop Agriculture in 2020," is slated for 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 14. 

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