Farming Monthly National|May 2020
From data analysis and variable rate applications to the internet of things, this area is taking agriculture to whole new levels, says event director Alli McEntyre. “It is presenting solutions and improvements which were previously thought the realms of science fiction. The advances we are seeing in precision farming may seem futuristic, but not only are they happening now, they are commercially available,” she adds.
“Some of the industry’s leading experts in this area are going to be presenting online at Cereals LIVE on 10-11 June, sorting fact from fiction and giving the low-down on just how far science has advanced.”
The wealth of precision technology both on offer and in development is driving arable farming into the future, says Ms McEntyre. “Keeping abreast of the latest innovations can allow farmers to spearhead technology while also helping improve their own efficiencies in a world that is constantly pushing for greater sustainability.”
Remote in-field monitoring
The Covid-19 crisis has led to an upsurge in demand for precision equipment like remote field monitoring, according to Gottfried Pessl at Metos – the UK arm of Pessl Instruments.
“Every trip to the field costs time and money, but during the coronavirus outbreak it may be impossible to check on all crops,” he says. “Remote field monitoring systems allow farmers and agronomists to reduce field visits to when they are really necessary.
“Installing Internet of Things (IoT) technology on farms will help farmers and their agronomists to identify problems immediately, without needing to visit the field. In some cases, it may even provide greater accuracy than a visual inspection can reveal.”
Keeping ahead of the weather is a constant challenge for farmers, but innovations in precision technology are allowing for ultra-local weather measurements, helping growers to carefully manage field operations. Sencrop’s latest acquisition, Visio-Green, connects over 10,000 farmers to its weather data platform.
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