Using Simulation in Auto-Guidance Technology Training among Farmers in Utah

Thomas A Bleazard, Jennifer E Long, Michael L. Pate, Rebecca G Lawyer, Clark Israelsen, Royce Hatch


The purpose of this descriptive-correlation study was to examine the variables associated with Utah farmers’ adoption of auto-guidance technologies and determine training preferences. Participants in this study engaged in an experiential training session utilizing an auto-guidance system comparable to those available for use in production agriculture settings. A survey was administered to identify auto-guidance technology adoption and farmers’ preferences for related training. A total of 61 participants completed the survey from two different Cooperative Extension Crop Schools in Utah. Half of the participants in this study (50.8%) indicated using auto-guidance technology in some form in their farming practices. Participants ranked three sections of the presentation by how effective they were at helping them learn about auto-guidance. Hands-on training on auto-guidance technology reported as the most effective training presentation component by the participants.


auto-guidance, training preferences, hands-on training, farming, adoption

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