Agriculture plays a central role for flourishing the economy of any country. Regarded as one of the primary sectors, agriculture contributes a reasonable chunk to the gross domestic product (GDP). It primarily fulfils the ever-growing food demands of a country and also acts as a huge source of employment. What more, it acts as the backbone for any civilization. When the agricultural sector of a nation collapses the economic growth dwindles to a halt, worse, even leads up to its collapse. But you may start to wonder, what does technology have to do with this? Well, everything!
What’s The Link Between Agriculture And Technology?
The exponential expanse of the world population means simply that the food requirements also rise exponentially. The lookout for a more sustainable model has left agriculturist and farmers at the short end of the stick.
The secret of the rapid pace at which technological breakthroughs and discoveries is growing is out in the open! Technology has begun to truly revolutionize every sector on which it lays its “Midas Touch” on. Every industry has been seemingly transformed. From transportation to shopping, the list is truly limitless. That obviously means technology hasn’t left the agricultural sector in the lurch. Actually, it is quite the opposite!
Is This The Age Of High-Tech Farming?
If there is any better time to be a farmer, it will be now! Farmers have already started employing state of the art technologies to help boost the efficiencies of their work. Sometimes they may put up sensors on the field to create an intricate real-time map of the topography. These sensors could also read the levels of acidity, moisture content and much more. This can be linked with a satellite system, which can alert farmer on weather conditions and forecast, so that they can better equip themselves for the sudden weather changes. Farmers can use their cell phones to remotely monitor requirements of their livestock, crops and produce.
Drone technology further acts as the eyes in the skies for the farmer, allowing them to better survey their crop area. This result of all of this is lesser wastage and greater and yet better quality crop yield. It’s a win-win situation any way you see it!
So returning to your question, I think you can answer it by yourself now…
What New Innovations Can I Expect To See In Agriculture Tech In 2020?
Take a glimpse of what lies ahead in the latest agriculture technology:
- Self-Driving Farming Automobiles
Electric car manufacturers, Tesla was shot to the limelight with their ingenious self-driving cars on city roads right? Well, the same is being done off-road as well!
Tractors and Combines among many other types of equipment are upgraded by driverless technology that uses GPS systems, multiple cameras and sensors to detect incoming obstruction to its path. Meaning you needn’t sit in them to plough fields and plant crops uniformly. The work can happen round the clock and ends up being much more efficient.
Even if there is worker shortage, there isn’t a cause for concern.
- Smarter Greenhouses
You have heard of smart homes? Then it’s time to welcome smart greenhouses! Much like its counterparts, green houses are being integrated with advanced monitoring systems. These systems monitor a host of parameters such as:
- Inbuilt sensors to monitor and adjust the indoor climate controls namely temperature, plant moisture, CO2levels and humidity.
- It manages scheduling, energy optimization and plant growth.
- Analytics to foresee future parameters (I/O) and control system autonomously.
- DNA Testing Of The Soil
The agricultural industry has begun to embrace DNA testing with open arms. It does so by means of genetic testing. DNA analysis of farmer’s crops is done to find out any pathogens or damages in the crop strain that can be rectified. The results from these testing can help farmers grow better quality disease resistant crops. If a particular strain of pathogen is detected, countermeasure can be immediately implemented, to prevent further loss of crop yield.
- Automated Irrigation
Moisture is the fundamental need for the growth of healthy crops. But in most cases, either the water supplied is too little causing the crop to whither, or the water supplied is too much causing it to flood. Newer irrigation technology allows for water to be maintained at optimum moisture level. This is done by means of moisture sensors in the field that are linked to the internet. The sensor will either automate a sprinkler or a drip irrigation system to begin, or it will alert the farmer on his cell phone about the shortage. The end result of this is that crops are neither under watered or over-watered, leading to lower runoff and leaching, with obvious benefits of improved crop quality and yield!
Time To Embrace The Future!
If you’re a farmer who wants to boost your farming practices to the next level, then it is time to welcome and integrate technology to do the heavy lifting for you!