If you’re a farmer reading this, you may already have heard of Agritech. If you haven’t, it’s simply the combination of the words, “agriculture” and “technology”. Agritech covers and refers to virtually every piece of technology that is related to Agriculture in one way or the other.
What is more interesting than the breakdown of these two words is a fascinating fact from our research. As seen on the International Institute for Sustainable Development website, the world’s population is likely to hit nine billion by 2050. That means there will be roughly 2 billion more people to feed on the planet.
Unless you’re already 150 years old, you’ll likely live to see it and, by implication, as a farmer producing food for the world, you’ll have your work cut out for you.
Now, you could choose to continue doing every single task that comes your way manually, slowing yourself down and naturally reducing your profits. However, a better idea is to simply integrate Agritech into your farm practices to make them better.
In this piece, we’ll teach you how to do that. We’ll also leave practical tips that you can adopt or find alternatives for. Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Find the right machines to automate planting and harvesting tasks
At this point, it has become almost entirely unnecessary to mention it anymore. However, you should know that technology has grown far beyond plucking out grasses one after the other with your hands.
Unlike before, you hardly need to use crude equipment like cutlasses or hoes, among many other things. The most common replacements for these equipment are tractors. You might be inclined to think that these are just vehicles with no variations to them.
However, they are an entire category of farming machines that can serve multiple purposes. For example, a compact tractor is specifically designed to handle work in places where a traditional tractor cannot fit. An orchard tractor, on the other hand, works best in an orchard, rather than your typical farm.
Less common replacements for cutlasses and hoes, among others, include ATVs and UTVs. All-Terrain Vehicles and Utility Vehicles are smaller vehicles than tractors that facilitate quick movement across a farm’s rough terrain. The possibilities with all these are endless.
Granted, some of these might not quite be useful to you, depending on the size of your farm. However, they’re useful to keep in mind for when you eventually expand. Additionally, you could still invest in smaller machines that make a world of a difference in your practices.
Finetune your data collection and storage process
You probably already know this but your work as a farmer goes beyond simply planting every single day and harvesting at the end of each season. You are also a businessman. You need to hit a certain goal each month, year, or planting season.
You need to make a number of sales after each harvest. You need to keep an eye on your plants and how they’re faring. You need to record diseases affecting your crop and livestock. The list is endless but there’s so much that you need to do to ensure that your farm remains profitable.
To do all these, you could manually count the variables on your farm that need to be documented. But you don’t need a seer or a professor to tell you how tedious and ineffective that would be. Alternatively, you could hire multiple people to do it for you. However, even that’s not the best solution because you’ll have to spend a reasonable portion of your profits paying them.
The best way to go about it would be to use agricultural technology. Drones could act as your eyes in the sky, identifying each crop and helping you easily spot weed clusters that need to be cleared. Once you’ve gathered the right amount of information from there, you could just as easily use information collection software to document everything neatly. Once done, back it up and you’ll have an eagle’s eye view of everything you need to know on your farm.
Protect your livestock from diseases with state-of-the-art veterinary medicine
With livestock, you cannot leave things to chance. Virtually every farmer is only a few steps away from agricultural ruin in the form of a livestock epidemic.
To ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, enlist the help of a veterinarian who would act as your expert source where your animals are concerned. They’ll help you assess whatever risks your animals might be facing through regular tests and inspections. Then, they’ll employ the beauty of medical technology to vaccinate them when necessary.
This will help you to prevent any problems that could arise, catch you off guard, and render you bankrupt.
Covering the specifics of every piece of agritech in existence could fill up a book and and more. As such, we’ve abridged what you need to know and kept it under a few bite-size paragraphs. At this point, the next best step for you is to do a quick evaluation process to find out what your budget can get you. If you are able to optimize your farming process through technology, you’ll find yourself coming out above the competition locally and otherwise.