Agriculture has undergone a technical evolution with the introduction of precision farming, a new way for farmers to use technology in a way that increases efficiency and reduces costs. experts have suggested that more than 50% of today's farmers use at least one precision farming practice.
Farming has always been labour intensive, and regardless of size, the pressure to be productive is more demanding than ever. Advanced Farming Systems were born with the introduction of GPS guidance for tractors in the early 1990s, since then this technology has become one of the most common examples of precision farming globally.
Sometimes known as precision farming, Advanced Farming Systems describes the practice of farming more accurately and controlled when it comes to the growing of crops and raising livestock. The word 'precision' refers to the use of IT and a wide array of items such as GPS guidance, control systems, sensors, robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, variable rate technology, GPS-based soil sampling, automated hardware and telematics. All these products have the capability to analyse large amounts of data in a short period of time, helping to suggest the best course of action for farmers.
In many cases it can predict the best time to plant and predict outbreaks of pests and disease before they occur. It also offers in-field inventory management that could offer yield predictions prior to harvest.
Advanced Farming Systems have been around for more than 25 years, but it's only been over the past decade that it's become mainstream due to technological advancements. Today's farmers have access to more data than ever before, but it is knowing what to do with this data is crucial. Used in the right way, this data can help increase profitability, and most importantly it can reduce workload.