Necessity has always been a key driver in innovation. This is especially true in the realm of agriculture. Throughout our history, we have relied on technological improvements to increase farming efficiency, reduce its human labor requirement and yield higher quality results. Now, as the global population swells exponentially, humankind is facing greater pressure to produce enough food and to do so sustainably.
Despite the extensive changes in our climate and a growing population to contend with, AgTech is quickly demonstrating its ability to transform agriculture, increase efficiency and decrease waste. For instance, visual sensing AI is being used to enhance crop and soil monitoring. It does so by tracking crop health, analyzing the data and using sophisticated algorithms to make more accurate yield predictions and even detect crop malnutrition. As a result, farmers are able to make more informed decisions in relation to resource allocation, labor requirements and similar operational concerns.
One such exciting digitalization development are smart soil sensors. These potential game changers achieve greater connectivity for farm-level processes through Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, drones and sensory equipment. By accurately measuring key variables in the soil composition, these systems are able to monitor conditions and report any necessary interventions. IoT sensors also reduce physical work by transmitting readings from the field automatically and instantaneously to a central system.
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