If agriculture is to feed the world, then farmers must enable technology to shape the future farms.
FREMONT, CA: Modern agricultural operations work far differently than those a few decades ago, primarily because of advancements in technology. Today's agriculture routinely uses sophisticated technologies such as robots, sensors, aerial images, GPS technology, and many more, allowing agrarians to be more profitable, efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly. Here's what's next for agriculture technology in the years to come, and how emerging technology can affect the bottom lines of farmers and landowners.
• Real-Time Crop Monitoring through Remote Satelite Imagery
Since remote satellite imagery has become more sophisticated, real-time crop imagery is enabled. Crop imaging allows a farmer to inspect crops in real-time. Also, weekly photo analysis can save considerable time and money on a farm. This technology can also be combined with the crop, soil, and water sensors to allow farmers to receive notifications along with appropriate satellite images when the thresholds for danger are reached.
• Precise Watering and Fertilization with Sensor Technology
Soil and water sensors might be the devices with the most immediate effect. Such sensor technology is durable, secure, and relatively inexpensive. Farmers find distributing them across their land cost-effective, and the sensors also provide numerous other benefits, such as measuring levels of moisture and nitrogen. The farmers can use this information to determine schedule watering and fertilizing. This can further lead to more efficient use of resources, thereby reducing costs.
• Pay-per-Use Farming Services
In recent years, subscription and pay-per-use farming services, known as FaaS in the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, have become more popular. FaaS is a useful model for farmers and landowners to manage the volatility of ever-changing demand and product prices. By converting fixed upfront costs into variable ongoing costs, FaaS helps farmers and landowners to make data-driven decision-making smarter.
Adopting agtech with the potential to increase yields is an essentiality in agricultural business today.