When farming goes high-tech

04.04.2018

With a constant development of technology, the agriculture industry is changing faster than ever before. Only recently, farmers from around the globe started to realize that one of the most valuable things that they could ever harvest is big data, as it enables them to make better-informed decisions and achieve their production goals with fewer resources.

Growing more with less

Continuously increasing costs of seeds and fertilizers are making farmers look for new ways to reduce their expenses whilst continuing harvesting high-quality yield, and this is exactly where precision farming steps in. Today, thousands of farmers employ such technologies as satellites, drones, GPS or auto-steer systems, that help them plan for higher-quality yield and make better decisions for the planet.

"The development of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), has enabled the expansion of machinery guidance, auto-steering, and controlled traffic farming (CTF) systems. These technologies, which can easily be integrated into farming machinery, are able to steer the tractors with a much greater accuracy than even a most skilled farmer ever could" - explains Robert Schmitt, Vultus' CEO.

He clarifies that these auto-steer systems are designed to reduce both seeding and fertilizing overlap to a couple of centimeters, which also reduces the distance driven and, therefore, diminishes costs. They also prevent farmers from missing some areas within their fields, and in turn, enable them to get as much value out of their fields as possible.

The impact of GPS

We are rapidly moving towards the world where everything is internet connected. The agriculture industry is not an exception. Continuously developing technologies, particularly, GPS, keeps changing the world of farming from cultivation to harvest and has a significant impact on the future of the industry.

These systems enable variable rate application of all types of inputs that farmers use in their daily work, like seeds, fertilizers, pesticides or water. They also provide real-time feedback, which allows farmers to immediately shift their operations and application if need be. Such optimization of required inputs not only enables farmers to most efficiently use their resources, grow optimal health crops and cut expenses but it also significantly lessens the negative impact that agriculture practices have on the environment.