How New Agriculture Technology Is Transforming Modern Farming

Applied Tech Review | Monday, October 04, 2021

The traditional livestock industry is widely overlooked and underserved, despite being arguably the most important. Livestock provides much-needed renewable natural resources on which people on a daily basis.

Fremont CA: In modern agriculture, innovation is more important than ever. The industry as a whole is facing enormous challenges, including rising supply costs, a labor shortage, and changes in consumer preferences for sustainability and transparency. Agriculture corporations are increasingly aware that solutions to these problems are required. Agriculture technology has seen a massive increase in investment over the last ten years, with $6.7 billion invested in the last five years and $1.9 billion invested in the last year alone. Indoor vertical farming, automation and robotics, livestock technology, modern greenhouse practices, precision agriculture, and artificial intelligence, and blockchain have all seen significant technological advancements.

Livestock Farming Technology

The traditional livestock industry is widely overlooked and underserved, despite being arguably the most important. Livestock provides much-needed renewable natural resources on which people on a daily basis. Traditionally, livestock management has been defined as the operation of dairy farms, poultry farms, cattle ranches, or other livestock-related agribusinesses. Livestock managers must keep accurate financial records, supervise employees, and make sure proper animal care and feeding. Recent trends, however, have demonstrated that technology is revolutionizing the world of livestock management. In the last 8-10 years, new developments have made significant improvements to the industry, making tracking and managing livestock much easier and data-driven. Nutritional technologies, digital technology, genetics, and other forms of technology may be used.

Indoor Vertical Farming

Indoor vertical farming can increase crop yields, overcome limited land area, and even reduce the environmental impact of farming by reducing the distance traveled in the supply chain. Indoor vertical farming is the practice of growing produce stacked one on top of the other in a closed, controlled environment. When compared to traditional farming methods, utilizing vertically mounted growing shelves significantly reduces the amount of land space required to grow plants. Because of its ability to thrive in small spaces, this type of growth is frequently associated with the city and urban farming. Vertical farms are distinct in that some configurations do not require soil for plant growth. Most are hydroponic, in which vegetables are grown in a nutrient-dense bowl of water, or aeroponic, in which plant roots are sprayed with water and nutrients on a regular basis. Artificial grow lights are used in place of natural sunlight.

The benefits of indoor vertical farming are obvious, from sustainable urban growth to maximizing crop yield with lower labor costs. Vertical farming can precisely measure variables such as humidity, light, and water year-round, increasing food production with consistent harvests. Vertical farms use up to 70 percent less water than traditional farms due to their reduced water and energy consumption. Labor is also greatly reduced by using robots to handle harvesting, planting, and logistics, thereby addressing the current labor shortage in the agriculture industry.

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