Next-generation farming: How technology boosts sustainability and results
Farmers have always sought ways to better the output and consistency of their crops. In recent years, a renewed focus on sustainability has also been thrown into the mix, with landowners seeking to improve their harvests in a long-term, environmentally friendly manner. Technology may prove a major boon in this balance.
For example, Western Australia might soon benefit from a technological innovation that's aimed at helping farmers make the most of their resources. The State Government announced a high-tech project that will empower farmers with more accurate and relevant information they can use to make strategic decisions – and thereby pursue more profitable crops.
"The project seeks to establish the e-Connected Grainbelt Network, an open data exchange system to harness and combine a range of information, like paddock records, weather observations, weather forecasts, financial updates and research outcomes," Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston explained.
Australia's farmers are no strangers to putting technology to work to optimise their resources and improve their crops. Getting data from smartphone and tablet apps is one way they can overcome some of the challenges presented by the climate and natural conditions without negatively impacting the environment.
In addition to this type of innovation, crop growers can take advantage of water conditioning technology if they struggle with hard or saline water. Hydrosmart's solution uses advanced technology to drastically improve water quality without using chemicals or other additives.
This approach is also a long-term sustainable system, especially since it uses minimal power and can even be fuelled by solar energy. The result is healthier plants and flourishing crops without a negative environmental impact.
By combining water conditioners with other tools, such as the e-Connected Grainbelt Network, agricultural communities can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by technology and maximise their harvests.