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Technology trends in the farming sector in 2024

4 technology trends in agriculture you need to know about in 2024

Smart farming and agri tech are modernising the agricultural sector. Farming is becoming more efficient from farm management software and drones to the use of artificial intelligence (AI). Consequently, modern agricultural technology is the future for farmers.

If you want to future-proof your farm, consider these key technology trends in agriculture:
Agri tech trend 1: Precision agriculture

Precision agriculture uses smart technology on farms. Sensors and internet-connected devices gather data about fields, crops, and weather. For example, through a simple app, EOS Crop Monitoring uses satellites to surveil fields and delivers information on farming aspects such as crop growth stages, pests, and soil moisture.

This helps farmers determine the exact dates and locations of farming operations, like when to harvest or irrigate and where to add fertiliser. This ensures improved yields and reduces waste of resources. Some farmers even use sensors to measure the moisture content in wet hay.

 Why it’s a big deal: Precision agriculture helps farmers give their crops exactly what and when it is needed. This means better quality forage crops and lower input costs because of the optimal use of resources.

Agri tech trend 2: Cloud power

Cloud-based agricultural system uses agri tech like IoT sensors and drones to collect data from soil, water and fields. This data is analysed to produce field maps, yield predictions, and crop management recommendations through a digital data hub. This enables data-driven decision-making. For example, it can recommend the optimum times for planting, irrigation, fertilisation, and harvesting to maximise yields.

 Why it’s a big deal: Having all farming data collated in an app and saved in the cloud, helps pinpoint inefficiencies, boosting productivity and profits. 

Agri tech trend 3: Electric farming equipment

As sustainability becomes a priority, companies are rolling out electric farm machinery. Not only do they reduce on-farm emissions, but these battery-powered workhorses also burn fuel costs. Consequently, all the big farming equipment brands are looking into battery-powered models ready to replace those gas guzzlers. For hay farming operations, the electric tractor could serve as an eco-friendly alternative to diesel-powered equipment to power implements like hay rakes, and tedders.

 Why it’s a big deal: Switching to electric farm equipment allows farmers to reduce their carbon footprint and limit rising fuel costs drastically. Using sustainable baling products can add to this.

Agri tech trend 4: Automation

 Smarter sensors, cameras, AI, and robotics make self-driving, autonomous farm machines a reality. John Deere’s autonomous tractor uses sensors, GPS, and autonomous driving technology to operate without a human driver. It can navigate fields, follow set routes, and perform tasks like hauling hay bales.

 Why it’s a big deal: With higher labour costs, automating hay baling equipment with AI farming technology will help maintain productivity. 

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