Innovation has always been part of farming. After all, agriculture is one of the original human technologies, but now that farmers have more tools than ever, farms can become ever more precise and data driven. See how technology and precision agriculture is driving the future of farming.
Using Technology and Data in Farming. A new generation is taking over the world’s farms, and they are bringing with them an increased reliance on data, technology, and a robust embrace of social media.Young Millennial Farmers
Food traceability is an urgent subject for regulators, farmers, manufacturers, and distributors. New technologies are emerging to help improve the transparency of the food chain.From Farm to Smartphone to Table
With arable land at a premium and weather patterns erratic, it’s never been so enticing to find a way of growing food at scale indoors. A range of new technologies and investors is working to do exactly that in vertical farms, but it remains to be seen if these projects can scale.Farming, Electronically
Rural broadband is still scarce in some areas, but when 5G cellular service comes to farming areas, it can open up new avenues for data-intensive precision agriculture.The Benefits of 5G on the Farm
Precision agriculture uses technology to increase the efficiency, sustainability, and yields of farms. Despite upfront investment, better results means it usually pays off for farmers.
Floating farms. Virtual fencing. Drone pollination. These are three new technologies that might revolutionize farming in a changing world. Innovators are trialing these innovations in farms around the world.
Farmers have always been dependent on the weather, and forecasting what’s to come can help them make smart decisions for their crops. That’s why the new discipline of agrometerology has emerged, enabling farmers to have a better picture of impending weather, especially in the short term.
Foodborne illness sickens millions of people each year, and its usually carried on fresh fruits and vegetables. An impressive array of new tools may soon help make it just a bad memory.
One side-effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been digital innovation, and that’s even extended to seemingly low-tech places like the farmers market. New apps, virtual farmers markets, and mobile CSAs are emerging as tech-enabled ways to connect consumers with farmers and food.
Ask any logistics provider, and you’ll get the same answer: The most challenging part of any delivery is the last mile. Autonomous delivery mechanisms are helping get food to people faster while relieving the pinch of labor shortages.
In April 2023, India became the world’s most populous country, but it’s ability to feed itself is imperiled by widespread drought. Irrigation projects, changing crop selection, and farmer support can help the agriculture segment—and the whole country—blunt the impact of constrained water supplies.
Biofuels represent a significant opportunity for farmers, especially as energy prices rise. A diversified approach, making the most of both food and fuel crop uses, can be the best strategy for farmers seeking to maximize returns.