With summer’s end, the savviest farmers plan to harvest more than crops alone. They will also be harvesting troves of valuable data to help them better plan for the planting season ahead.
Farmers have always relied on careful planning and cutting-edge tools to maximise the productive potential of their land. The latest in this long line of innovations is the burgeoning field of precision farming.
Leveraging powerful sensors, processors and techniques, precision farming empowers farmers to start planning and optimising crops well in advance of when traditional approaches would allow.
Continuous monitoring of crop conditions, weed growth and soil quality leads to smarter planting decisions that maximise future yields. Here’s how precision agriculture promises to bring unprecedented intelligence to planting.
The raw material driving precision agriculture is data. Sourcing and collecting the right data in high enough volumes is crucial. Luckily, tools for agricultural data collection and processing keep getting better.
Everything from air and water quality to soil pH and plant health can now be tracked at a level of fidelity and accuracy unimaginable just 10 years ago
Breakthrough advances in micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) have produced a dizzying array of tiny, cheap and sophisticated sensors. Everything from air and water quality to soil pH and plant health can now be tracked at a level of fidelity and accuracy unimaginable just 10 years ago. Armed with powerful new sensors, smart hardware now supplies farmers with all the data they need.