Three disruptive technologies that are changing the direction of agriculture

We are in the era of digitalization and automation. Like any other industry in the world, agriculture has been tackled by technological breakthroughs, changing traditional operational processes.

We are in the era of digitalization and automation. Like any other industry in the world, agriculture has been tackled by technological breakthroughs, changing traditional operational processes. That is why the agro must keep updated and open meet these new demands.

Next, we share with you three trends in the industry that are changing the way in which the field works in the world.

1. Drones and crop monitoring

When you work in your field it is impossible to see the whole field at one time, generally we can only have this view from an airplane. The drones, which already have some years in the market, are being used to monitor the fields and to combat droughts and other damages, such as pests. This information saves many expenses for losses or waste in the crops. In addition, some drones generate 3D images that predict soil quality through an analysis and planning of seed sowing patterns. Another type of drones are used to spray products into crops, without penetrating groundwater. Recent research suggests that drones can increase spray speed five times compared to other types of machinery.

2. Sensors

The Internet of Things is breaking into the agro-industry positively, it is simplifying and rationalizing the collection, inspection and distribution of resources using sensors in equipment and materials. These sensors are strategically placed around the fields, along with image recognition technologies that allow farmers to see their crops from anywhere in the world. The sensors send updated information in real time, so changes can be made if necessary. To give an example, it is as if a cell phone application warned when the plants in the garden needed water, that's what the sensors do, but on a larger scale.

There is also another type of sensors that are responsible for tracking the status of equipment. Tractors and other equipment are already manufactured with navigation systems and varieties of sensors that help compensate for irregular terrain through GPS. With other types of sensors, they can map and document the yield of the harvest, and others detect when the machines need maintenance. With other sensors you can identify the levels of nutrients that your crops have, and if they are low you can press a button and apply that nutrient specifically to a certain part of the plant. All these technologies substantially reduce the amount of downtime of the machines and prolong their useful life.

3. Robots

Robotics in the agriculture industry is substantially improving productivity and increasing yields. Currently there are robots for spraying and weeding. There is another type of theft that is undergoing laser camera guides to remove weeds accurately and without human intervention. They are also experimenting with robots to transplant plants and others are exploring the collection area for fruits and nuts.

These are some technological trends that are changing the industry in the world, change is imminent and this technology is here to stay. Do you use any of these in your crops?

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