Summary Box: More US farmers relying on Internet

THE TREND: The number of farmers with Internet access on a variety of digital gadgets has dramatically increased, changing the way farms do business.

HOW THEY USE IT: Farmers say it helps them speed up their work flow, improve their farming techniques, market their crops, connect with customers and retailers, and fulfill a variety of regulatory requirements.

THE FINDINGS: A government report says more than half of America’s farms now have access to the Internet, with farmers in the West with the highest access.