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“Smart Farms.” 8 technologies that have changed agriculture
As early as 12 thousand years ago, farmers began to use various tricks to increase the yield. By 2050, we will need 70% more food, so the introduction of new technologies is still relevant. We will present eight examples of how technology improves efficiency in agriculture.
Drones for farmers
Swiss company SenseFly has developed a solution for farmers – a special unmanned aerial vehicle (or drone) and software. Drones are equipped with high-resolution sensors and cameras for field surveys. With the help of the data, photos and SenseFly programs, farmers analyze the state of their crops and make the right decisions. Another example is BioCarbon, which has come up with a way to use drones to plant a billion trees each year. Will drones help us grow our future?
On a robot Farm SVG.
“This new wave of smart devices programmed for specific tasks will revolutionize agriculture,” said Professor Simon Blackmore, Dean of Engineering at Harper Adams University. Gradually, agricultural robots will learn how to do everything – drive a tractor, weed weed, collect strawberries and monitor the health of plants. For example, in the research project Agri-tech Catalyst3D-cameras determine the moment of maturation of broccoli cabbage. This makes it possible to automate the harvesting process.
Data for people
Dacom develops innovative hardware and software as well as provides online consulting services to farmers and agribusinesses worldwide. Using Dacom’s smartphones and developments, farmers get the most accurate information about the situation “in the fields” and make almost scientifically sound decisions when to water, fertilize and harvest. “We help farmers plan their work, distribute resources and materials… Now they’re more efficient and lossless, harvesting a great harvest,” said Janneke Hadders, CEO of Dacom, to the Real Times.
Smart water supply
Worldwide, about 70% of clean water is used for agriculture, and 60% of it is wasted. “Smart” systems solve this problem – they warn farmers about equipment leaks and breakdowns and allow you to control water pumps remotely. In India, farmers use the Nano Ganesh, a mobile water pump remote control system. It saves farmers time, water and money. According to researchers from the Chilean Catholic University of the Holy Conception (UCSC), irrigation sensors on blueberry plantations in Chile will reduce water consumption by 70%. Similar studies are being conducted around the world. For example, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey work together to obtain up-to-date information on soil moisture in the United States using a satellite.
Marine Harvest, a leading Atlantic salmon supplier, recently signed a contract with Orange Business Services to use operator network services to optimize employee collaboration and increase productivity. With the help of Marine Harvest camcorders, it monitors all stages of the production cycle. “At first glance, it seems that fish farming does not require any special technologies. But to become a leader, you need to keep an eye on every step of the way,” says Merethe Johansen, Global Network Manager at Marine Harvest.
Long live the connected cow
Connected wearable devices help to effectively manage livestock and fisheries – tracking the location of livestock and changing weather conditions. With the help of such devices, farmers have already learned how to monitor pregnant women, determine the time of milking and record symptoms of diseases. An interesting example of inter-machine solutions is the FindMySheep livestock satellite control system. Sensors of this system are fixed on collars of animals and show movement of any individual on the map. Another system from General Alert allows you not only to observe animals on pig farms, but also to check their health status.
Everything’s for people.
Not every farm (and not every farmer) has access to the Internet. Even the connection of small farms requires a significant investment. How can we help households that are short of budget? In Africa, where there are more than 10 million marginal farms, the local development of Esoko is helping. It provides farmers with basic information on the condition of their farms, weather forecast, and recommendations for the production of products. The same system also includes an eBay online store. The most popular feature shows farmers the current prices of different products so that they can sell their products more profitably. Thanks to the system, private income increased by 12 per cent in two years.
Farm SVG Data – new agricultural product
Thanks to M2M, food is no longer the only crop from the fields. Agriculture is becoming a source of valuable data. As part of a three-year Soil-for-life Beta project, Produce World Group analyzes sales information to help manufacturers make informed decisions. The company is working with Cranfield University to study the results of land use on plots and farms of all sizes. This study will help to create a soil data management system. In the near future, farmers are expected to learn to analyze large amounts of data at all stages of production, which will allow them to increase their yields.
It’s hard to imagine.
Not only do technologies help us do our jobs better and faster, but they also open up many new opportunities that we couldn’t even think of before. For example, the Ocean Reef Group is conducting experiments to grow various products under water. And here we are not talking about fish farming – specialists plant red cabbage, lettuce, beans and strawberries. You’ve definitely never tried sea strawberries before!