The world's agricultural production concern will be higher; by 2050, the world must deliver 70% more food while using 70% less energy, fertilizer, and pesticides. On the other hand, reducing pollution and limiting the effects of climate change are crucial. Farmers and agribusinesses should respond in sequence for innovative technology to advance. Today, smart farming and precision agriculture can be one stop-solutions to reducing climate change. Therefore, farmers and agribusiness must begin utilizing smart farming technology resources as soon as possible to reap the full range of advantages.
Technology advancements, such as smartphones, have enabled us to access information on our surroundings at our fingertips. Currently, we have access to more information than ever before. It has helped us become more aware of our impact on our environment and has spurred us to become better world stewards. One of how we have become better stewards of our environment has been through the use of precision agriculture and smart farming.
Moreover, farmers and agribusiness need to adopt precision agriculture methods and smart farming innovation technology. Before we describe smart farming technology in precision agriculture, let's briefly review what precision agriculture is.
Precision agriculture uses technology and data to improve crop and livestock productivity, profitability, and sustainability. Precision agriculture uses technologies such as drones, sensors, and analytics to improve productivity and profitability in agriculture. It has been shown to increase crop yields, decrease fertilizer use, and enhance farmers' profitability over the long term. Precision agriculture can improve agriculture's economics, reduce the environmental impact of agriculture (the emission of greenhouse gases), and increase the food supply.
Modern farming methods use less water than older methods, use fewer fertilizers, and use nutrients more efficiently. Modern farming methods can also control pests more effectively and use fewer pesticides, making it possible to maintain high crop production levels with lower input than conventional farming.
There are many types of precision agriculture, but the common thread is using data and technology to make more informed decisions about where, when, and how to farm. This blog post will explore some types of precision agriculture and the technology used.
Crop yields are affected by real-time data inaccuracy. The crop yield sales will reduce as the harvest quality is poor. As a result, there is no profit. AI can use to predict crop failure in sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, the use of AI and IoT can help agribusinesses. Indeed, it has the potential to eliminate significant losses caused by unbalanced production and maintenance costs with harvest sales. BIOTA is one type of AI that agribusinesses can employ.
BIOTA is an intelligent sensors solution that delivers intelligence to plantation owners for complete oversight of what is happening on the ground, such as plant and soil health, even if millions of hectares are under management. This solution can monitor and analyze a large swath of land in a small area with high precision and provide actionable alerts to plantation owners and workers.
In the past, farmers had to rely on visual cues to determine where to sow their seeds and apply fertilizer. It was often inaccurate, leading to lower crop yields. GPS systems allow farmers to apply seeds and fertilizer accurately, leading to better crop yields and profits. GPS systems are becoming increasingly popular on farms as they enable farmers to work during low visibility field conditions such as rain, dust, fog, and darkness. GPS systems are not perfect, however, and they can be expensive. Nonetheless, they are a valuable tool that can be used significantly by farmers looking to increase their yields and profits.
In smart farming and precision agriculture work, GPS-guided tractors can reduce human errors by detecting precise crop coordinates (which can be difficult to determine visually) and compensating for human exhaustion. A human using guiding systems can obtain real-time, exact coordinates from a screen in the cab. Guidance systems save operational farming costs by reducing pesticide over- and under-application and improving crop production. It facilitates harvesting by minimizing the problems caused by closely spaced corn stalks, which can cause combines to fail.
Water usage is one of the most critical factors in farming. Not only does it affect crop yield, but it also has an impact on the environment. It is why land leveling is such an essential tool for farmers. Farmers can maximize water usage by leveling the land, boosting crop establishment, and saving watering time and energy. Land leveling is a thriving agricultural, environmental, and crop production tool. Through nutrient water interaction and salt and soil moisture geographic distribution, irregularity of the surface soil has significant implications for agricultural fertilization, form, and output.
Not only does land leveling help with water usage, but it also helps farmers to save time and money. Farmers can reduce their time watering crops by having a more efficient irrigation system. Thus, it can lead to higher crop yields and more money in the farmers' pockets. John Whitehead, in his paper, described an increase in crop yield in Cambodia. The farming area grew by 5-7% when farm size increased from 0.1 hectares to 0.5 hectares using laser land leveling practical.
The agricultural sector will not develop if it does not follow technological developments. Many technologies can be used in agriculture, such as GPS and BIOTA. In short, three reasons farmers and agribusiness need smart and precision farming tools and methods.
Save money on maintenance while ensuring environmental sustainability.
Provide farmers and agribusiness with the ability to track all crops in the field and soil quality.
AI and technology integration into farming operations has contributed to a 30% decline in farming expenditure.