Simply put, the collective farming industry cannot keep up with the increasing demands of the world’s population.
That’s why precision farming (also known as precision farming or precision farming) has become such a highly relevant concept in today’s world of agricultural technology. We discuss the intricacies of precision agriculture and its various merits in the article below.
What is precision agriculture?
Precision agriculture is the practice of maximizing profitability and crop yields through the use of precise inputs in farming practices. With the help of precision farming equipment and technology, this practice can boost the efficiency, sustainability and profitability of farmland.
The idea behind value farming is simple: use less to grow more.
By using precision farming technology to understand environmental and ecosystem conditions, farmers can improve crop management and maximize crop yields in a relatively short period of time.
A brief history
The greatest advances in precision agriculture occurred in the 1990s thanks to the advent of important technologies such as geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Various controllers, sensors, and monitors were also simultaneously developed along with these technologies.
These were competently combined with agricultural equipment such as servo motors, sprinklers and axle monitors. The subsequent development of high-speed Internet and mobile computing also played an important role in increasing the efficiency of these processes in the following two decades.
Today, precision farming technology is widely available around the world. However, farmer adoption is still slow and needs to be greatly improved in the near future.
How does precision agriculture work?
Numerous technologies are being developed to address the various stages and elements of agricultural practices. In this section, we discuss some of the most popular technologies available to farmers today.
Site preparation tools
Understanding the composition and nature of the soil used for agriculture is a key element in achieving success in this sector. There are many variables at play here, and precision farming technology allows you to understand these variables in order to control them as well as possible.
Modern sampling tools, such as soil information systems, are a classic example of technology developed to help farmers better understand the soil under their feet. These systems allow you to comprehensively decipher the precise nature of soil health. This can be done by examining various components such as soil fertility, soil texture, moisture holding capacity, and root zone depth.
Once a farmer can understand the strengths and weaknesses of his farmland, he can use this information to plant the ideal set of crops to meet these conditions.
In addition to obtaining information from ground level, there are also several aerial technologies available to help identify problems from a macro point of view. Some problems with land and soil can only be seen from this point of view. With the help of infrared aerial images of their land, farmers can now stay ahead of their problems and collect information that simply would not be possible from ground level.
The advent of GPS technology has played a huge role in the development of guidance systems in the following years. Today, this technology is driving the progress of various public address systems such as GPS-guided planters, tractors and sprayers.
With the help of precise positioning capabilities, farmers can now irrigate and cultivate their crops with a precision never seen before in this segment. Condition variability has been largely removed from the equation. This allows producers to work twenty-four hours a day and in whatever conditions they want.
Guidance systems also play an important role in eliminating redundancies and overlaps in the irrigation process. This tends to generate considerable monetary benefits over time and also reduces stress on resources and the mindset of farmers.
There are also many automated steering systems available to farmers that are capable of taking full control of heavy equipment. They are able to operate and manipulate the equipment with impeccable precision, and this leaves farmers free to concentrate on ancillary processes in the field.
The use of smart guidance systems is also being seen on a number of farms around the world. These systems are capable of identifying the best steering trajectories based on the shape of their respective fields.
Thus, we see that a combination of automated and intelligent guidance systems can help farmers with various stressful elements of farming. To top it off, they also maximize the efficiency of these processes in addition to lightening the workload.
Performance control systems
Yield monitoring systems are another important variant of monitoring technologies that were developed alongside GPS systems. When implemented at ground level, this technology is capable of providing important information on things such as grain loads, moisture levels, and automatic kerf width.
When farmers have such important information on hand at all times, they are able to make informed decisions to help maximize the profitability of their yields. Most of the time, a given tract of farmland will not produce consistent levels of yield across the entire area.
However, performance monitoring systems can identify weak links in this chain and help boost productivity in underperforming segments.
Other relevant technologies
In addition to the three main branches of precision agriculture covered in the previous sections, some of the other notable systems in precision agriculture technology include:
- Data integration systems
- Water management systems
- Variable Rate Technology
- Flow and application control
Despite the fact that almost 10% of the world’s land area is used for agriculture, it is surprising that there is currently a global shortage of food. This points to the fact that the practices used for agriculture are not as efficient as they should be.
Enter precision agriculture.
The tools being developed within this vital segment have the potential to improve farm management, revolutionize the agricultural industry, and maximize the potential of farmland.
It is now about using and implementing these systems with a sense of urgency to help the farming community as well as the many hungry mouths around the world.
Source: Translated from https://stories.pinduoduo-global.com/agritech-hub/what-is-precision-agriculture-and-how-does-it-work