Norfolk County farmers are Canada’s leading users of most agriculture technologies per acre, including computers and laptops, smartphones and tablets, GPS technology and GIS mapping.
Statistics Canada has released “Leveraging technology and market opportunities in a diverse horticulture industry”, an analysis of horticulture crops by province. Operators in the horticulture sector continued to look for innovative ways to grow products and meet market demands, according to the report. The use of technology and marketing have allowed some agricultural sectors to adapt to changes in the agriculture industry.
In terms of technology use, 41% of Norfolk County farms use smart phones and tablets, 58% use computers and laptops, 34% use GPS technology, 18% use GIS mapping, and 17% use automated steering technology.
Norfolk County is Canada’s leading grower of asparagus, ginseng, peppers, pumpkin, and tart cherries. Our farmers are Ontario’s Number One growers of strawberries, cabbage, squash, zucchini, and rye, and leading growers of sweet corn, apples, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, popping corn, sweet potatoes, lavender and tobacco.