With the world’s population on track to reach 9. 1 billion people by 2050,
farmers need to raise overall food production to meet demand, growing
70% more bet ween 2007 and 2050, according to the Food and Agriculture
Organization. Already challenged by factors ranging from weather to environmental conditions to crop prices, farmers face enormous new difficulties as they
increase crop yields, improve livestock practices, and scale up in sustainable ways.
Growers are increasingly relying on technology solutions to increase that yield.
Sensors help identify areas that need water or chemicals, while tracking crop qualities during harvest. Drones monitor crop development and water needs, creating
maps that pinpoint different growing conditions in the field. Apps help diagnose and
manage livestock. Smart tractors and vehicles apply just the right amount of seed and
fertilizer, minimizing inputs while maximizing outputs.
But technology has a host of other advantages, like decreasing the manual labor
required to test crops and soil in the field. It even eliminates the need to manually
adjust inputs during the planting or fertilizing process. Yet the results are higher
quality and more uniform products. Farms investing in these technologies often
attract new customers and maximize profits on what are typically thin margins.
Vendors that once just manufactured farm equipment or supplied nutrients are
increasing their scope of business, becoming technology innovation companies. They
harness technology to allow a new generation of precision agriculture, improving on
traditional techniques. Technological breakthroughs and adoptions are changing
the way farmers grow and produce just about everything. The farms of the future are
increasingly looking like technology companies themselves.
BIG DATA: T YING ALL FARMING
COMPONEN TS TOGE THER
At the heart of the technology is data.
“What we’re doing now is collecting
more data and using more data to make
our decisions,” says Andre Daccache,
an assistant professor in biological and
agricultural engineering at University of
That data is part of AGI’s holistic
approach to the crop cycle, says Tim
Close, AGI’s CEO. AGI manufactures
equipment and technologies covering
the full crop cycle connecting field
activity with grain marketing: equipment for seed, fertilizer, and solutions
for post-harvest crop storage and handling from the field to global markets.
Sensor use across the farm, including
soil probes, weather stations, and automated bin conditioning, combined with
in-field data captured from their partnership with Farmobile, allows growers
Future Farming: Tech-
Enabled Solutions Are
Farmers’ Best Friends
WITH AN E YE ON SUSTAINABILIT Y, FARMS INCREASINGLY RESEMBLE TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
AS THE Y INCORPORATE BIG DATA, TECH, AND INNOVATION TO PRODUCE MORE WITH LESS.
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