Innovation is important in every industry. This helps improve processes, make tasks more efficient, and reduce costs while increasing savings. When it comes to the agriculture industry, modern farmers are now leveraging what we call modern farming. This is the process of using different tech innovations to reduce modern farmers’ workload.
With the help of modern farming, farmers can accomplish different tasks, including the following.
- Improve farmer’s safety
- Reduce the need for water, pesticides, and even fertilizers
- Boost crop productivity
- Reduce farming’s environmental impact
- Increase farming efficiencies
- Give farmers better control
The following are three examples of tech innovations that are reshaping today’s agriculture industry.
Before, drones are mainly used for intelligence gathering and espionage. For some industries, drones act as a great way of monitoring business premises and getting aerial shots of real estate. When it comes to the agriculture industry, farmers use drones for many tasks, like the following.
Monitor Crop Growth
Monitoring the growth levels of crops is an important task in farming. But when you have hectares after hectares of crops to take care of, it can be difficult to manually check what stage your crops are in. With the help of crones, you can easily save time while accurately monitoring crop health.
Accurate Crop Dusting and Spraying
Handling chemicals has always been a safety concern for farmers. But thanks to unmanned aerial vehicles like drones, modern farmers can now handle pesticides and fertilizers, carry them to specific crop locations, and spread them with unparalleled accuracy. This allows farmers to save in resources, increase efficiency, and reduce errors whenfarm sprayingand dusting.
Freshwater is crucial for agricultural production. With the help of agricultural drones, modern farmers get to close spatial gaps by acquiring real-time information related to water resources accounting. By integrating drone data and other intelligent mechanisms, farmers can create a precise irrigation system to ensure all crops get their right dose of water without wasting any resources.
Each year, consumers have increasing food demand. But then, different issues stop farmers from providing enough supplies to meet consumer needs. One of these is climatechange.
The good news is, innovations like big data are helping modern farmers step up their crop production. After collecting real-time data, analysts can integrate the data collected to determine patterns, realize price models, and even interpret weather data. These then are used to control current agricultural issues and stop these from ruining crop productions in the future.
Modern farmers make use of big data applications for the sake of the following purposes.
- Supply the needs of the public’s growing population
- Improve yield forecasting
- Increase crop productions
- Match crop demand with supply
- Utilize pesticides while reducing environmental impacts
- Achieve improved supply chain efficiencies
- Optimize the health of farm equipment
- Reduce resource wastage
Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is transforming farming to a whole new different level. These do more than connect existing tools. In reality,IoT connects these to the Internet to give farmers better chances of understanding, sensing, and controlling their processes remotely.
With the power of data, modern farmers can connect physical resources with the Internet, making it easier to accomplish the following:
- Monitor farm conditions without having to visit farm fields
- Reduce labor and save time when checking farm fields
- Boost crop production efficiency
- Improve decision-making with the help of real-time data collection and analytics
- Faster decision-making to respond to consumer’s ever-changing needs and demands
- Invest in new tech innovations for better productivity
One innovation that has been a game-changer in the agriculture landscape is harvest automation.Before, farmers needed to spend a lot of time harvesting crops. These days, robots can harvest crops at a faster and accurate rate without damaging the crops.
Several companies have already madeagrirobots available for testing. Some are meant for nurseries. Others are already available in the market, ready to help farmers harvest their crops automatically.
But like all great things, these innovations have their own cons. For one, one needs to invest a considerable amount of cash to avail of these technologies and ensure proper maintenance. Many farmers can also not pay for these innovations due to financial issues.
Then there’s the need to pay for consistent energy costs and maintenance. Some farmers even fear that they might lose their jobs to robots. But even with these challenges, many farmers continue to invest inagritech innovations to improve their operations.
This list shows there is nothing that can stop innovations from changing the culture of agriculture. Technologies continue to touch the lives of consumers and providers alike, even in the world of agriculture. We can only expect bigger innovations to help farmers achieve better results in the future.