Farmers who use smart farming collect detailed data about their crops and land, which they use to make more informed decisions for just about every part of the process of their business, including planting, watering and fertilizing. This helps to optimize yields and reduce costs, helping more farmers and consumers find greater success. There are many different smart farming technologies available, but they all work toward a few core goals:
Precise and diverse collection of data: Soil composition, water retention, light absorption, humidity levels and even air quality are just a few of the types of information beneficial to farmers. With drones, sensors and other electronics, farmers gather as much data as possible for planning.
Easy management of data: All this data can be overwhelming to work through, which is why smart farming also uses specialized software capable of translating it into useful and easily understandable information.
Interconnected tools: When different elements of smart farming communicate with one another and use the available data, the results are more precise and provide more direct benefits. For example, GPS mapping information can be implemented into tractors, including those with autonomous driving capabilities, to free up a farmer’s time for other, equally important jobs.
Flexible and resilient farms: Field conditions are often out of a farmer’s control, and smart farming technologies help them adapt in the face of drought, severe storms and other hazards.