We are likely to witness a 70% increase in food production for an additional 2.3 billion people by 2050. To be able to feed this growing global population with safe and nutritious foods will require the use of new technologies in agricultural farming.
In this blog post, we will shed a light on the concept of smart farming and what technologies are used to make farms more efficient.
What is smart farming? The definition.
Smart farming, or smart agriculture, is the use of modern technologies such as IoT, sensors and AI on your farms. The goal is to increase the quality and quantity of crops while decreasing the human labor used for such purposes.
In this article, we will take a look at a few technologies that help today’s farmers monitor and optimize their livestock or crops.
Sensors are devices placed on machines like robots, vehicles and drones to collect data. For example, field soil sensors can measure the properties, including the PH levels, moisture levels and nutrient levels, of the soil in your farm. They help you to make better decisions, e.g., deciding how much pesticides or fertilizers you need to spray on your crops for their optimal health.
Robots are machines used to complete tasks previously done by humans in the field. For example, after sensors collect and transmit data of the crops to the cloud, robots will be triggered to automatically spray or drop water, seeds or pesticides. Advanced robots like drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can even complete the same spraying job much faster without taking up space on the ground.
Trackers are devices used to track the health and whereabouts of livestock. For example, you can place these solar-powered tags on cattle to track their number, well-being and locations. The traditional, manual monitoring of livestock can be frustrating and time-consuming as cattle do not stay at fixed locations, and farmers usually need to keep an eye on these animals to stop them from wandering off.
Connectivity is a way that connects physical things (like sensors) to the Internet so information can be passed. It’s a must when it comes to sending and receiving data. Without connection, WiFi, GPS and sensors would not work; and without them, farmers would not be able to monitor their crops and animals’ well-being or respond to their needs based on the received and analyzed data.
5. Big Data
Big data is analyzed data meant for better decision-making. Without data analysis, data is simply numbers and there would be no insights for farmers to, for example, determine where the cattle might wander off in daylight, adjust their nutrition accordingly, prevent disease or enhance the health of the herd.
Get involved in smart farming!
When you put these technologies together, you start to create smart farming systems that can really improve the productivity of your farm. A revolution in how we produce food will be needed to feed our growing population.
You can play a role in this future revolution too by delivering a more productive, and sustainable form of agricultural production for the exploding population. Check out our smart farming marketplace or talk to TECHDesign experts now!