As new technologies are emerging, many industries are changing, and farming and agriculture is certainly seeing the effect. The need for farmers to incorporate technology into their daily lives is growing; according to the UN the world ‘needs to produce 70% more food in 2050’, and this demand is only going to increase.
Throughout the world farmers are seeing the benefits of using big data analytics, artificial intelligence, drones and even the Internet of Things.
Drones are becoming a vital tool for farmers, as they can allow them to check on livestock and crops remotely. As vast amounts of land have to be monitored, drones can allow the farmers to check one area while working on another. Drones are also collecting much needed data. The data can be used to determine where needs extra attention, as well as helping farmers to understand the environment.
Sensors that are connected wirelessly and placed into crops can be invaluable to farmers. The sensors can collect data to help the farmer understand the crop, weather patterns and any issues that may arise. They can also help to complete a detailed map of the land and the resources surrounding it.
Similar to the crop sensors, livestock sensors can be placed in the ear of an animal and connected via the Internet of Things for the farmers to understand their livestock. This kind of technology can become vital to a farmer as it can alert them to any problems or health issues with their animals. These sensors can really allow a farmer to understand disease patterns within their livestock and can help them pick up on any systems early on.
Farming and agriculture is just one of the many industries seeing a positive effect from incorporating technology into the working day. The use cases of farmers seeing the benefits of technology is only going to grow and I’m excited what the future will bring.
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