Currently, technology is present in our day-to-day life, simplifying our lives. It is also in agriculture and can be our ally in the field.
We present 5 technological tools that every farmer should know. Some of these tools are still being developed, but they will soon be important in the field.
Knowing the best time to harvest is now a reality with a new laser technique that will optimize the harvest.
It will be a powerful tool to detect the ideal time to harvest without damaging the crop and without having to trust your own sight. In this way, we will be able to collect the fruit at the best moment in both taste and texture.
Developed by a group of researchers, they have already made successful tests with pears and apples. The new technique works by means of a laser light that interacts with any medium and creates a pattern that can be compared with a reference standard to know the respiration rate and the ethylene production of the fruit.
Thanks to technology, we can know the state of our culture from the sofa of our house or any other place we want. This is already possible through multiple sensors that can be installed in the field. For example, Weenat is a sensor that is installed in the field and reports on it.
It allows you to know in real time the status of your plots whenever you want, being able to analyze the information and make better decisions to optimize the resources better. Thanks to the sensor, you can obtain information about soil temperature, humidity, water status of the crop, etc. So we can know in what state our plots are even if we do not have them in front of us.
Another real example of how sensors are already helping us to be more efficient in the field is Trimble’s GreenSeeker. It is an optical sensor installed in the bar of the fertilization equipment. The sensor makes a reading of the state of the crop when it is passed over with the tractor, adjusting in each moment the fertilizer dose to apply in real time. This achieves a greater uniformity of the crop and a very important saving of fertilizer.
Mobile applications have had a very important role in irrigation systems since their appearance. For example, Agronic is an app developed by the important company of PROGRES irrigation programmers. Another application to take the management of Irrigation Communities from your pocket is iRiego.
In addition, to know the water needs of the crops do not miss Akis Irrigation, an app with a powerful prediction model of water consumption of crops.
In the world of viticulture, one of the most technologically advanced sectors, the vitisFlower application has come out soon. This app allows a count of the number of flowers of the inflorescence of the vine in a fast and reliable way, in this way you can carry out predictions of the yields during flowering, and thus guide the management of the vineyard.
We also recommend, of course, Agroptima. With the mobile APP and the Agroptima web profile you will be able to take an easy and modern management of your farm; pointing from the field your activities with the APP and taking reports from the web profile; try it free here, we are sure you will like it.
Every day we hear more about Drones or UAVs (the acronym of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). One of the sectors in which it seems that these small-unmanned aircraft will have more importance is agriculture.
One of the companies in our country that has a long experience in taking information from agricultural plots using drones is Agropixel. The information that can be collected with these devices has different scopes: state of vigor of the crop, water status to detect irrigation deficiencies, detect possible pests that are affecting a certain area of the farm, etc.
However, the Drones are not only used for taking information. The young company of Palencia Überbaum already manufactures Drones suitable for phytosanitary treatments from the air.
Robots have their space in agriculture and there are several projects under development with which they are gaining ground.
Agronauta has developed a robot to be used in the intensive cultivation of tomato on branch. This robot is capable of analyzing and collecting tomatoes, simplifying the work, improving efficiency, and lowering costs.
For now, tomato growers can benefit but we hope that they will soon extend their use to most crops.
Closer to home, the Televitis group of the University of La Rioja is developing a pioneering robot in the world. The Vine Robot will be a platform that will move autonomously through the vineyards, taking data of its state non-invasively. The team will be composed of different sensors that will collect data on yield, vegetative growth, and water status of the crop and composition of the grapes.
Even if we do not realize it, we are surrounded by technology and nowadays it is part of our lives. Technological innovations also have their space in agriculture and we can benefit to help us in our work in the field.
Do you think these innovations can help you? Do you already use any? Tell us your experience and help us create the list of the 10 tools that you have to have. We will be happy to know your experiences!