The Future of Farming

Published On September 26, 2017 | By Charles Sorrell | Technology

The PwC reported that agricultural consumption requires enhancement by approximately 70% by 2050. It has to be done to account for ever-increasing population of the world. Added to that, the World Bank has predicted that by 2050, it would require worldwide production of nearly 50% more food, provided there is continuous rise in the global population at the current pace. The good news is that ever-advancing technology and various developments have been made to help the industry. Farm insurance providers Lycetts took a closer look recently.

Farming drones

It’s a lucrative market. However, the worldwide market revenue from the sales made is expected to rise by nearly 34% to reach over £4.8 million in 2017. According to the prediction made by US technology research experts Gartner, the figures for drone production would jump by nearly 39% this year.

They help with looking after produce and planting needs. With special thanks to systems created by start-up companies, an uptake rate of 75% can be achieved along with approximately 85% saving in cost of planting.

They can be equipped with remote sensing. The idea is that technology will identify the field having driest sections easily and quickly. It will enable the farmers to allocate their water resources in a more economical manner.

With respect to crop spraying, drones could scan the ground of the farm effectively. After the distance from the ground has been measured properly, the drone will spray the appropriate amount of liquid. You will achieve even coverage while reducing the amount of chemicals penetrated into the groundwater.

Talking about crop monitoring, drones will be able to display time-series animations. You will have the exact development of a crop along with having the detail of any kind of inefficiencies with the production. Such types of insights were earlier gained by satellite imagery only. However, the farmer can monitor through drones as and when he wishes.

Autonomous farm vehicles

The autonomous vehicles market has been highly promising. In fact, the Business Insider Intelligence filed an in-depth report forecasting approximately 10 million cars to be made available having either fully autonomous or semi-autonomous abilities. In addition, a management-consulting firm, Bain estimated about worldwide opportunity for autonomous and assistive technologies for one business to another business market. It may be ranging from $22 to $26 billion-per-annum by the year 2025.

Teams of agricultural engineers hailing from Harper Adams University, Shropshire have been looking forward to designing an autonomous tractor. The tractor will be able to perform several different tasks such as seeding, drilling and land spraying needs. It will complete these tasks while the famer steers it. However, the farmer may not be behind the wheel of the vehicle, but in the control room. A similar team would also be looking into the use of an automatic combine harvester for harvesting that very field.

In Burgundy inventor Christophe Millot successfully created a robot that can prune vine. It’s been developed to counter the lack in farming labour. However, the state of the art gadget model of four-wheels consists of six quality cameras, tablet computer and two arms located in the robot.

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