Trends in Agriculture Technology
Posted On August 8, 2021
Trends in Agriculture Technology
Agriculture technology is all around us. Everything from precision agriculture, sophisticated genetic engineering methods, satellite mapping, drought-tolerant crops, and improved soil management systems are safeguarding food-insecure nations by uncovering underlying causes. What are some of the more popular emerging trends in agriculture technology you find around you? Let’s take a look. The following highlights some interesting emerging trends.
Biotechnology. Here’s a buzzword you hear all the time: genetic engineering, or genetic manipulation. In agriculture, it refers to the practice of introducing specific traits, or genes, into plants, or even into animals, to make them produce more rapidly or better than their natural counterparts. The most common uses are in biobanking, where specific traits of an individual or species can be preserved, and used to save the species in their natural habitats are endangered; and in vertical farming, where plant roots are anchored to the soil in order to deliver more nutrient-rich water to the root system. In both cases, biotechnology is providing new methods of controlling pests and diseases, improving the nutritional quality of crop products, and lowering the cost of production.
Precision agriculture. This refers to the use of tools and techniques for creating and raising food crops that are as productive as, or better than, traditional crops. Modern technologies, such as integrated pest control, soil augmentation, drought-tolerant crops, and fertilizers that are more concentrated, have made it possible to grow foods more efficiently and to control pests and disease more effectively. In the past, farmers had to rely on guesswork and less precise planting techniques, leading to less than optimal crop yields and damaged or destroyed crops. Now, thanks to modern technologies and specialized breeds, farmers can increase yields by utilizing the most effective technology for the land, the crops, and the environment.
Biotechnology organizations are also helping farmers with crop production efficiency by developing new types of seeds and crops that are more resistant to pests and disease. Some research projects are focusing on genetically modified crops, which are more resistant to pests and disease. Other researchers are developing crops that are resistant against a certain herbicide, or that produce the most nutrients. Others are working to create crops that are energy efficient. All these efforts are combining science and business in new ways to create crops that are stronger, more productive, and healthier for consumers.
Efficient agriculture. Increasing crop yields requires more water, which in turn leads to less water consumption by the agricultural sector. The expansion of agriculture into the Midwest has led to less water and land to cropland, affecting water management and agriculture in that area. Biotechnology organizations are working on projects to produce crops that require less water by using advanced techniques and selective breeding.
Real-time information. Technology assists farmers in growing crops by providing critical information in real-time. One such application is integrated pest management. It uses genetic engineering and other technologies to provide real-time information on pests, their activity, and the best time to get rid of them. This information enables farmers to make appropriate decisions about spraying pesticides and fertilizers, which results in lower yields and increased profitability.
Electronic messaging. Agriculture technology allows farmers to send instant messages, gather data, and coordinate with others on the farm. Through a variety of communication systems, such as text messaging, wireless radios, and GPS technology, farmers can exchange real-time information about their farms. These systems also provide the means to upload satellite images of the field that can be downloaded and used for planning purposes. The accuracy of such images makes it necessary for farmers to communicate frequently with each other about their operations.
These five trends reflect the importance of agriculture technology to farmers today. Technological innovations are playing an increasingly important role in the agricultural sector. They allow farmers to get the most from their crops and keep them healthy and attractive to consumers. As society becomes more reliant on the production of food, farmers are working harder than ever to ensure that they produce a consistent yield every year. With the correct investment in agriculture technology, they can continue to meet that challenge.