Agriculture is a large part of the business world. Gone are the days when agriculture meant business only to our invaluable farmers. The agriculture industry has gone through a lot of revolution with big giants taking a major part in it. The organic revolution, the marketing campaigns of the freshest produce and everything business-like has completely revolutionized the agricultural industry. The small farmers shop has been replaced by big giants that sell the fresh produce of the world. The agriculture industry is so much part of our daily lives that we forget that this industry also has a throbbing corporate heart that works to market its products, brand itself and deliver promises. These are businesses that work globally and with a purpose. Looking at the technological revolution that has rocked the business world the agricultural industry also felt a need to evolve. Here is a look at how technology is evolving the agriculture world.
1. IoT and Sensors are used in the Fields:
IoT is everywhere and it has also started to disrupt the agriculture world. IoT has helped to streamline and simplify the collection, inspection and the overall distribution that is involved in an agricultural process.
Farmers have started to put sensors in their fields. These sensors with their image recognition technologies has helped farmers across the world to view their crops from anywhere. These sensors are so advanced that they can also send farmers information in real-time that can help them to take necessary action. This has made the farmers have higher food production with less waste.
2. IoT and Sensors are used in Equipment:
The IoT and sensors are used in the equipment used in the agriculture industry. These sensors help to track the condition of a machine. There has been a lot of tractors and farming equipment that has been manufactured with navigation systems and sensors. These sensors are capable of compensating uneven terrain using GPS. There are others that are built for yield mapping and harvest documentation. There are still others that monitors when tractors need to be serviced. These sensors are helping by keeping these machines in perfect shape and as a result making work convenient for farmers to manage.
3. Drones and Crop Monitoring:
Drones have been used by farmers all over to get a bird’s eye view and monitor their crops easily. This has helped farmers to be able to fight situations like drought and other harmful situations more effectively than before. Apart from monitoring drones also allow farmers with the help of 3D imaging to understand the quality of soil through analysis. These drones also help to plan seed planting pattern. Drones are used used to spray chemicals on crops. This spraying is done making sure that the chemicals do not penetrate the ground water.
The support of drones in agriculture has helped farmers become more efficient in their day to day tasks. The fact that the use of drones make the work of farmers easier also help them to do a better job.
The use of robotics in agriculture was one possibility that was discussed extensively with the emergence of AI. Today the agriculture world has weeding and spraying robots. These robots has been acquired by John Deere. The use of these kind of robots in the agriculture industry can help reduce the use of agro chemical use by 90%.
There has also been companies that are developing robotics that has laser and camera guidance. These can remove weeds without any human intervention. There are others that are creating plant-transplanting robots. These plant transplanting robots would take farming to a new and effective future.
5. RFID Sensors and Tracking:
The RFID sensors help to track food’s journey from field to the store. This can help consumers to understand where their food comes from, their location and where it was purchased. This helps consumers to trust a company.
This also makes it easier for the farmer or a company to manage any food issues that might have been brought to light easily. The fact that every part of the food from the field to packaging is tracked makes it possible to find out the issues easily.
6. Machine Learning and Analytics in Farming:
The use of Machine Learning and Analytics will give the farmers the power to bring out the best crop year after year. The use of Machine Learning and Analytics would help a farmer to predict which traits and genes are best for crop production. This would help farmers to get the best breed for their location and climate globally.
The Machine learning algorithms can be used within the manufacturing aspect. This will show a company, which products are popular and which are not. This would help one decide what needs to be changed and what needs to be worked on to increase sales.
The future of agriculture is going to be completely technologically enhanced. Entrepreneurs who are connected to the agriculture industry must be aware of these changes and try to implement them in their businesses. The technology in agriculture makes farming a very trustworthy, flawless and efficient industry. The consumers who are aware of the advancements in farming would prefer to deal with a technologically powered agriculture company and its products. Those agricultural companies that do not upgrade themselves or move with the changing times will see that consumers would move from them to those who work the modern way.
Technology can make the quality of products better and healthier. The fact that AI can help make farmers informed decisions would help them provide the healthiest produce to consumers. Consumers who are aware of the advancements in technology in farming would naturally want to have the healthiest produce. Entrepreneurs must make sure that their business in the agriculture industry do not lag behind and has the capacity to evolve with the evolution of technology in agriculture. Arm your agriculture business with the power of technology and help it to flourish in the AI future.