GIS Package for Agricultural Precision
Precision in Agriculture from GIS Perspective starts from Farmlands / Irrigation Scheme design and the accuracy achieved in layout design after tractorization see sample below:-
While form other side is a classification remote sensing application required to run pixels analytics at posture and vegetation level from a drone raster projection of a farmland. The GIS will help farmers to view their farms from different angles.
Remote sensing technology – Remote sensing technology has been in use in agriculture since the late 1960s. It can be an invaluable tool when it comes to monitoring and managing land, water, and other resources. It can
help determine everything from what factors may be stressing a crop at a specific point in time to estimating the amount of moisture in the soil. This data enriches decision-making on the farm and can come from several sources including drones and satellites.
At its most basic level, precision agronomics takes the role of an agronomist and helps make the methods they use more accurate and scalable.
The primary aim of precision agriculture and precision agronomics is to ensure profitability, efficiency, and sustainability while protecting the environment. This is achieved by using the big data gathered by this technology to guide both immediate and future decisions on everything from where in the field to apply a particular rate, to when it’s best to apply chemical, fertilizer or seed.
While precision agriculture principles have been around for more than 25 years, it’s only been over the past decade that they have become main-stream due to technological advancements and the adoption of other, broader technologies. The adoption of mobile devices, access to high-speed internet, low cost and reliable satellites – for positioning and imagery — and farm equipment that’s optimized for precision agriculture by the manufacturer, are some of the key technologies characterizing the trend for precision agriculture. Some experts have suggested that more than 50% of today’s farmers use at least one precision farming practice.
From the Institute of Agricultural Research Malaysia :-
Advocating for Excellence
Precision agriculture innovation continues, and more and more farms are adopting available technology and practices. Like any other industry, we need more advocates to drive greater adoption and hence greater efficiency. Growers need support to successfully implement new technologies to ensure success.
Where Do We Go from Here?
As growers adopt precision agriculture, new technologies will continue to emerge. The next big advancement will be the use of artificial intelligence (AI). While AI will never be able to replicate the kind of complex decisions farmers are required to make on regular basis, it could very well be used to help make those decisions easier.
Today’s farmers have access to a wealth of data. So much data, in fact, they often don’t know what to do with it. AI has the capability of analyzing huge amounts of data in a short period and using it to suggest the best course of action. This information could then be used to predict the best time to plant, to predict the outbreaks of pests and disease before they occur, and to offer in-field inventory management that could offer yield predictions prior to harvest.
I hope this provides some insight into precision agriculture today and the continued important role it will play in the future. Expect industry and technology companies to continue to explore the possibilities posed by the marriage of technology with the needs of the ag-producers to produce enough food to feed the world’s projected 9 billion people by 2050.