Precision ag is the future of agriculture technology and will offer a wealth of ag data.
Agriculture and technology go hand-in-hand, and an AgAmerica article on precision ag shows why. Not only does agriculture technology make farming and ranching easier, it also makes it better. The possibilities for precision ag and other high-tech farming equipment are seemingly endless, offering a variety of data that can benefit productivity, profitability, and even environmental stewardship. According to the article, U.S. farms are expected to more than double their use of new technologies through 2019. Read a synopsis of the article below.
The Possibilities for Precision Ag
One area that is up-and-coming in the precision ag and agriculture technology sector is the use of agricultural drones, also called UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles. While the sector is still in its infancy, experts believe that agricultural drones, working with other agricultural devices like crop sensors, will be able to assess crop damage, identify disease and stress, and give yield estimates.
Another important area of agriculture technology discussed in the piece is the software and digital programs that will be used to monitor ag data and influence crop management decisions. The focus is, of course, on profits. From computer programs and online tools to satellites and GPS, precision farming will offer a slew of information to guide decisions that improve crop quality and quantity, and a farm’s profits.
Similarly, the ag industry is also starting to see a focus on agricultural devices that gather and store data from sensors and gauges with the ability to share precision ag data with others in the industry. Cloud computing will serve both of these important areas well in helping to get data from its source and into the hands of those who need it.
Precision ag and agriculture technology are exciting avenues, and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring.
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