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Agriculture 4.0 – The Future Of Farming Technology


- Overview

Smart farming is a management philosophy focused on providing the agricultural industry with the infrastructure to leverage advanced technologies - including big data, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) - for tracking, monitoring, automation and analytics operations. Also known as precision farming, smart farming is software-managed and sensor-monitored. 

The importance of smart agriculture is increasing due to the growing global population, the increasing demand for improved crop yields, the need for efficient use of natural resources, the increasing use and sophistication of information and communication technologies, and the growing need for climate-smart agriculture .


- Agriculture 4.0

Agriculture 4.0 is a term for the next big trends facing the industry, including a greater focus on precision agriculture, the internet of things (IoT) and the use of big data to drive greater business efficiencies in the face of rising populations and climate change.

The efficiency of farming lies in a farmer’s ability to predict natural conditions and react to them in the quickest way possible. A few decades ago, the precision of such forecasts wasn’t so reliable - now, it’s impressively high thanks to instant data gathering and distribution. The Internet of Things is successfully fueling precision agriculture as a new direction in farming.

Future agriculture will use sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology. These advanced devices and precision agriculture and robotic systems will allow farms to be more profitable, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly.


- GPS and Precision Agriculture 

GPS enables farmers to accurately navigate to specific locations in the field year after year to collect soil samples or monitor crop conditions. Crop advisors use rugged data collection equipment with GPS for accurate positioning to map field pests, insects and weed infestations.


- Photogrammetry Tool for Precision Agriculture

Photogrammetry is the science and technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment through the process of recording, measuring, and interpreting photographic images and patterns of electromagnetic radiation images and other phenomena.

Traditionally, farming is practiced by performing tasks such as planting or harvesting on a predetermined schedule. However, collecting real-time data can help farmers make the best decisions about planting, fertilizing and harvesting crops. This method is called precision agriculture. In this context, there is growing interest in technological tools adapted to crop management strategies. Therefore, this study aims to analyze and compare photogrammetry-based image processing tools in the agricultural field. 

Additionally, a land case study involved using a drone to take multiple photos and analyzing them using photogrammetry software to obtain an orthophoto. This software can help with relevant biomass analysis, drought stress, irrigation scheduling, forecasting agricultural production, monitoring nutrients, pests and diseases affecting photographed crops.



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