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How data is improving efficiency on the farm
Growing Efficiently with Green Data
In the 1940s, the agriculture industry saw helpful advancements in the area of plant breeding. This was quickly followed by additional waves of innovation in advanced breeding and biotechnology, which helped reduce risk and increase food production.
There have been many advancements in agriculture since then. Among the most significant is the use of smartphones and tablets, putting the power of data science in the hands of farmers. These devices can help them optimize their harvests while using resources more efficiently. They’ve become such a big part of our daily lives that it’s hard to believe they’ve been around for less than a decade. We’re just starting to realize their potential to improve the way food makes it to our dinner tables.
Digital tools like data analytics can help farmers make more informed decisions about their operations by measuring and analyzing information on soil, field, and weather conditions. These decisions help farmers be more productive on each acre of land, using resources more efficiently and getting the most out of every harvest.
Data Helps Farmers Plan for Better Harvests
Data can be used to create predictive models that help farmers optimize farming decisions throughout the season. More informed decisions lead to improved farm productivity and better harvests. That increases farmers’ abilities to grow enough food to feed a world population that is expected to reach more than 9 billion people by 2050.
Data Enables Decisions That Are Better for the Planet
Just like you and I might check the weather on our smartphones, farmers can use web-based technology and apps to help make decisions like when to plant, how much fertilizer to apply, and which seeds to use on different parts of a field to get the best level of production. This access to data helps farmers get the most out of every acre, driving better outcomes on the farm and our planet.
Farming Influenced By Technology
The evolution and introduction of digital tools represents an important advancement in farming and our collective ability to meet the food and nutrition needs of present and future generations. In addition, it’s important to recognize that modern agriculture can contribute not just to our dinner plates, but also to the preservation of our land and resources.
Farmers have many options when it comes to the types of crops they can grow on their land. Many see benefits in growing both organic and conventional. We talked to one farmer whose family has seen success adding an organic crop to their operation.
For modern agriculture, using data means using less natural resources. Discover the technologies helping farmers measure, analyze, and optimize the resources they use.