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  • 6 months ago

Ohio farmer mark Bryant raises corn, soybeans, and soft red winner wheat on 12,000 acres. But you will hardly ever see him on a tractor because that isn’t how farms work anymore. Bryant spends most of his time monitoring dashboards full of data gathered from the 20 or so iPhones and five iPads he has supplied to employees who report on his acreage in real time. Using software from a Google-funded start up called granular, Bryant analyses the data along with data gathered from aircraft, self-driving tractors, and other forms of automated and remote sensors for yield, moisture, and soil quality.

Tractors themselves have been morphed into pieces of intelligent equipment and are now much smarter. Many tractors and combines today are guided by Global positioning System (GPS) satellite-based navigation systems. The GPS computer receives signals from earth-orbiting satellites to track each piece of equipment’s location and where it has gone. The system helps steer the equipment, so farmers are able to monitor progress on iPads and other tablet computers in their tractor cabs.

The world’s largest producer of autonomous four wheeled vehicles isn’t Tesla or Google, its john Deere. The cab of one of Deere’s self-driving tractors is now so full of screens and tablets that it looks like cockpit of a jet airplane. John Deere and its competitors aren’t just turning out tractors, combines, and turning out wirelessly connected sensors that map every field as well as planting and spraying machines that can use computerised instructions to apply seed and nutrients to a field.

Deere & Co. has embedded information technology in all of its farming equipment, creating an ecosystem for controlling sprayers, balers, and planters. Deere products include AutoTrac GPS-controlled assisted- steering systems, which allow equipment operators to take their hands off the wheel; JDLink, which enables machinery to automatically upload data about fields to a remote computer centre and farmers to download planting or fertilising instructions; and John Deere machine Sync, which uses GPS data to create maps based on aerial or satellite photos to improve planting, seedling, spraying, and nutrient application.

Deere now ranks among the leading companies offering tools for famers to practice what is known as precision agriculture. Managing fields with this level of computerised precision means famers need to use fewer loads of fertiliser, potentially saving an individual farmer tens of thousands of dollars. Some also see precision agriculture as the solution to feeding the world’s exploding population. By 2050, the world’s population is predicted to be 9.2 billion people, 34% higher than today. More people will havethe means to purchase food that requires more land, water, and other resources to produce. To keep up with rising populations and income growth, global food production must increase by 70% and precision agriculture could make this possible. Famers using fertiliser, water, and energy to run equipment more precisely are less wasteful, and this also promotes the health of the planet.

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