In the times of COVID-19 outbreak digitalisation in the agricultural sector is rapidly accelerating. While the agricultural sector has to deal with workforce shortages due to lockdowns and movement restrictions, automation can become an answer, allowing to minimise losses and balance the supply.
Smart agricultural solutions like soil sensors, weather stations, drones and connected agricultural tools allow to monitor crops and livestock, and what's more, collect valuable data. Leveraging the potential of big data in agriculture and applying advanced analytics, farmers can transform this data into accurate predictions, allowing them to plan smarter scheduling, crop distribution and yields, manage risks and react to critical issues faster.
According to Research and Markets, the global agriculture analytics market is to reach $1,670.4 million by 2026. Momentum around data-driven farming is gathering thanks to technology like soil sensors, drones and livestock monitoring gadgets to produce reams of priceless information.
The end goal is to help agricultural businesses make better, more informed decisions, allowing them to tap into various advantages. Key to realising its potential lies within the part in the middle; the applications and practices which make sense and use of all this information, creating a new era of ‘smart farming’ for the world to behold.
The uses of big data in agriculture are diverse. Some of the more prominent include:
Every farmer has a goal for their operation. Some of the more commonly cited are around improving profitability and efficiency, reducing the cost of an operation, or increasing product value. To achieve each goal, farmers must make better decisions and move beyond the use of general knowledge from research experiments, which can only carry them so far.
No business is the same, and there is now an increasing need for information generated in a location-specific manner, providing a solution which fits in line with what each farmer needs. Through big data and connected devices, every one of the goals around profitability, efficiency and cost management are not only achievable but completely realistic.
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