You may instinctively think that agriculture would be behind the curve when it comes to technology, that’s not exactly the case. Agriculture has a rich history of using technological innovation to improve productivity, from seed and agrochemical advances to increase yields to powerful machinery and implements to reduce manual processes.
Now, the agricultural industry is on the cusp of major challenges. How do you continue to increase production when the world population is set to grow by 2.3 billion people by 2050? Increased populations means increased food demands…and with the unprecedented growth of urban areas, ag land and labor to work it is becoming harder and harder to come by.
A report was recently published by IDTechEx Research, analyzing the usage of advanced technologies in agriculture, such as robots and drones. The report examines the implementation of technology such as robotic fruit harvesting, robotic milking, vision technology and autonomous mobility. For example, technology developers are working toward tractor implements integrated with camera systems that are able to identify crop versus weed, eventually differentiate between weed types, and treat by picking or spraying herbicide. In addition, technology is evolving toward fully autonomous tractors enabling one operator to guide an entire fleet.
Researchers and industry experts continue to delve into automation technologies to address major industry concerns such as increasing demand, reduced workforce and environmental concerns. To find out more about the research report and technological advances in agriculture, click here.