Time has come when we should accept that the new century has newer home truths for us. As parents, we have to agree that our homes today have only ‘digital’ natives. They use technology to do smart things. The first home truth with these new age ‘natives’ is that their dinner and eating habits too are getting more ‘connected,’ as they take a fresh look at what they eat!.
Twenty-something’s’ today are now as careful with their food as their gadgets. They are conscious about the food they eat and the nutrition levels of the stuff they consume. While this is great to hear, there is heartening news from the world which produces all the food that is to be consumed by our digital natives! Technology and the internet have taken the art of growing food and farming to an all new gastronomic level. The buzz word – Internet of Things (IoT) is also driving a new degree of micro-revolution in agriculture across the world and what our teens eat at dinner, Amen!
While this merry reach of digit-nutrition may catch many of us off-guard, there is excitement around the world that technology and innovation are bringing a new kind of change in the lives of professionals, who remained ignored for much of later part of the twentieth century. Agriculturists and farmers across the world could not reap many benefits from the electronics revolution as did manufacturing or industrial sectors. However, in the last decade, the thrust on a new wave of internet technology called IoT or Internet of Things has taken the agricultural sector by storm, even as farm insurance undergoes policy changes towards electronic gadgets.
Of the several arrays of agri-technology products that are revolutionizing practices in farming, farming drones, Auto Farming vehicles are driving further efficiency and benefits for the sector.
Here’s a close at the Farming Drones
According to Gartner, the production of drones has gone up by 39 percent in 2017. These drones have multiple uses in agriculture and farm insurance. Drones have eased the pressure during planting season when it is tough to find labors. Start-ups in the Agriculture sector offer services at fractional costs lowering expenses by as much as 75-85 percent. Drones do everything – from shooting pods which hold the seeds to providing nutrients. Drones are programmed for irrigational purposes through remote sensors systems such as hyperspectral, thermal as well as multispectral.
These sensor systems identify driest farm patches and optimize the allocation of water resources on the farm, bringing economy and efficiency to the agricultural system. Drones are easy to adapt for spraying of crops and monitoring of crops. Time-series animation using drones has made crop monitoring an advanced and specialized task, improving and providing farmers the tools and the scope to handle pest management to nutrition management for their crops. Drones are compact, ideal, and economical to gain images of plants, which previously they got only through satellites.
Autonomous Farm Vehicles are the next breed of agricultural vehicles which are improving practices in the sector and have great farm insurance opportunities. These vehicles, according to management consulting firm Bain, forecasts an opportunity of autonomous technologies and assistive technology in the range of $22-$26 billion by 2025, each year. Their benefits are in high-resolution farming, with fleet managers and agricultural analysts and nearly operate as farming robots.
Digital natives have their ways of surrounding themselves with their favorite gadgets, be it on the farms for better crops or great food on the table!