7 agribusiness tech trends to watch in 2021

Source: Tania Holembovska, Bizcommunity, 12 August 2021, photo credit: Doc Wire News

Positive results are primarily achieved through investment in new agricultural technologies. The introduction of innovative technologies helps growers increase the productivity and efficiency of all processes on the farm. In this article, you can learn about the technological solutions that will transform agriculture in 2021.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence in agriculture is currently associated with detecting plant diseases, classification, and identification of weeds. Also, this technology is used in determining, counting, and harvesting. Artificial intelligence also allows you to optimize the management of water and soil management, weather forecasting. In animal husbandry, AI is used to determine the behaviour of animals.

The technology processes data received from agricultural machinery and generated recommendations for the operation of machines in real-time. In addition, AI can predict unwanted situations, which helps avoid waste, optimize performance, and also helps to save resources.

Satellite imagery

The analysis of satellite images allows farmers to obtain information about the state of crops and soils. Satellites provide high-resolution images of the Earth’s surface in near real-time. In addition, you can capture images in different spectral ranges.

In 2021, it is planned to expand and modernize many satellite groups. For example, Planet Lab users already have access to satellite images with a resolution of 50 cm per pixel due to the launch of 3 new satellites into operation. Two more new satellites are expected to be launched this year.

Agriculture continued to grow even in the face of the pandemic, unlike many other industrial sectors that experienced a decline. In 2020, the growth of gross domestic product was 2.4% compared to 2019. In this year, the growth continues.
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