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Whilst agriculture may be one of the oldest industries going; it's not immune to technological advances. New farming technology is now seeping its way into the industry. With prices becoming more affordable, farmers, who may have jumped at the price for new technology, are now considering integrating such things into their daily routines and practices.

If you’re reading this and are in the farming industry but aren’t sure what new farming technology is out there, and if it's right for you, don't worry… we’ve got you covered.

 

4 Innovative Technologies Implementable for the Average Farmer

 

Drones

The first piece of tech chipping away at traditional agricultural methods is pretty commercial and very popular. When you think about it, drones seem like a perfect fit for improving usually laborious and long-winded jobs and helping you lower costs and increase potential crop yields.

Get it right, and drones can pretty much run your crop fields. Crop spraying, crop monitoring (monitoring the health of your crops and detecting infections, growths or fungal issues that could hinder the development of your produce (and cost you money)) and vital soil analysis are just three of the critical features drones can be adapted for. One of the great things about drones is their incredible versatility and ability to do a million and one tasks, and all you need to do is tweak them for each job.

Irrigation is another exciting task drones able to take on with ease. Assessing the needs of several crop fields can take days to figure out; new farming technology and drone software can do this task in less than half the time it would take a guy or gal.

 

Sensors

For a more persistent and constant analysis of your crops and fields, you might want to consider intelligent sensors. Install once and wait for the data to come rolling in. Wherever you are in the world, you’ll have your field's vitals on hand. Like drones, sensors can detect the needs of your plants… i.e. whether it needs water or not.

A great feature of sensors is their ability to cut out waste; sensors can detect the specific amount of water and nutrients that certain plants need at a particular time - meaning your plants and fields are getting precisely what they need at the right time. It takes your plant care to the next level.

 

Agricultural robots

Automation is a global opportunity/threat (depending on how you see things) that transforms virtually every industry going. Whether you agree with it or not, it's coming, and the world of agriculture is no expectation. The increase in automation can transform the way agriculture is done - the implementation of robots to process, plant and reap grains would take efficiency and productivity into the stratosphere. In addition, agricultural robots are easier to perform to scale if your farm starts to grow because they are not affected by fatigue, work rate or other human factors.

 

Advanced Mathematics

Farming is due to an influx of advanced mathematics; its power is helping boost the productivity of agriculture thanks to the high processing capabilities of modern computing, hardware and software. Farmers can use historical data, simulation models and archived figures to know when to sow and plant their crops - informed, calculated decisions, not just guesswork.

Farmers can also use maths to identify crops with desirable traits such as higher yields and focus their efforts on further boosting those traits. Maths can also help with the organisation and timings of farm life by using data to schedule everything from loading-trucks, sowing seeds, and harvesting crops. In short advanced maths will bring scheduling, planning and productivity into the 21st century.

It certainly seems like an exciting time for agriculture, an era in which productivity, yield and efficiency are set to be changed irrevocably. If you’re in agriculture and want to implement these exciting new farming technology trends but don't have the financial clout to make it a reality, then give us a ring and talk about how we can help get this technology into your business and let's talk about how we can help get this technology into your business, working for you.

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