Key Advancements in Agriculture Technology: Farm Automation, Precision Agriculture, Modern Greenhouses

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Flowers in commercial greenhouse
Flowers in commercial greenhouse (by Driesel).

Between rising demand, costs, and challenges, innovation within the agricultural industry has become more important than ever. As our world continues to advance, the agricultural industry is at the forefront of technological advancement as they strive to find solutions to make not only enough food to feed the population, but also to create better and healthier crops. To show you what an undertaking such innovation has been, let’s look at some of the key advancements in agriculture technology.

Farm Automation

In order to meet demands, automation has become an important factor of the farming process to fulfill labor needs in an efficient manner that traditional human labor can’t quite compete with. Robot innovations such as drones, autonomous tractors, robotic harvesters, automatic watering, and seeding robots have made managing large fields and farms far easier and have increased the overall quality of crops, as the land is diligently taken care of by these tireless technological marvels. They address issues of a growing population, a shortage of workers, and even reduce the carbon footprint left in the wake of farming.

Broccoli and lettuce (by Shutterbug75)
Broccoli and lettuce (by Shutterbug75).

Precision Agriculture

Perhaps the most important key advancements in agriculture technology have been ones that give farmers greater control over their crops as the industry continues to evolve. This greater control allows for greater and healthier yields thanks to the use of chemicals like formaldehyde which has been a powerful solution towards warding off pests and enriching fertilizer for healthier crops safer for consumption. Other variables farmers can now control include moisture levels, soil conditions, and even micro-climates.

Modern Greenhouses

Once only used in small scales for research and aesthetic purposes, modern greenhouses have rapidly expanded into large-scale operations that now compete directly with land-based conventional food production. These greenhouses have been effective in allowing for farmers to have complete control over the environment while lessening the dangers of natural factors like pests and fickle weather patterns and operating closer to urban hubs to reduce the costs and hassle that comes with transporting crops to consumers.

Flowers in commercial greenhouse
Flowers in commercial greenhouse (by Driesel).

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