These days it seems like the ability to control all the technology we use at home or in the office rests in one convenient place, often in the palm of our hands. We can use our smartphones as a TV remote, download an app to start the dishwasher from work, and watch our dogs jump on the furniture they’re not allowed on from thousands of miles away.
Managing technology has become as simple as a few mindless taps on a screen—and the latest farming technology is no exception! Smart farming technology and practices are the future of agriculture, so it’s important that we understand what that means.
What is smart farming?
Smart farming is all about the modernization of agriculture. It’s the process of integrating advanced technology into existing farming practices with the automation of tools and introduction of remote-control systems. The goal of smart farming is to increase efficiency, sustainability, product quality, and ease the burden of manual labor on farmers.
How has farming become automated?
A lot of the smart technology that’s currently used and being developed for agriculture revolves around collecting more accurate data, and then skillfully and efficiently performing tasks based on that data. For example, precision seeding machines use geo-mapping and sensor data to determine soil quality, density, nutrient levels, etc. Then, they use that information to sow seeds robotically, where and when they have the best chance at producing a favorable crop yield.
What other smart farming technology is there?
As with any industry, farming technology is constantly being developed and improved upon for optimal efficiency and results. More advanced forms of robotic labor, such as driverless tractors, are currently in production. Farmers are already using drones with high-end imaging capabilities to monitor crop health, and even more advanced prototypes are being developed that can fire capsules of seeds, fertilizer, and soil nutrients into the ground from the air.
One of the most gaping holes in agriculture technology seems to be remote access control systems for water and irrigation. While some automatic systems do exist, there’s still the issue of deep well turbine oiling—that’s where the Drip-Well system comes in.
The Drip-Well valve assures that your deep well pumps are always well-lubricated and completely automates the operation and maintenance of turbine pumps. Contact L & M Manufacturing today to learn more about how this technology can revolutionize your irrigation process!