Smart farming: drones & robots in the countryside

Agriculture is a leader in digitization. Agriculture 4.0 and SmartFarming are the headlines modernr data-based concepts.


In Germany the terms become Agriculture 4.0. and smart farming used as a synonym for companies that use the use of modern information and communication technologies to automate the farm. According to a representative survey by Bitkom eV, commissioned by the German Farmers Association (DBV), every second farm (53%) already uses digital solutions. Milking robots, field robots, agricultural assistance systems and drones are used.

More and more work processes can be done with the help of Smartphones or Tablets be monitored and controlled. By Big Datafrom all collected data, AnaLysen in real time based and processes along the entire value chain be optimized. The physical workload for the Lafarmers would ebenfalls significantly lowered.

A huge step forward for agricultural practice, environmental protection and animal welfare

So say nine out of ten respondents the studythat digitization increases resource efficiency and promote environmental protection. Beispielsweise will with the help of sensors, Fertilizers and plant treatment products punktgcorrectly applied and reduced to a minimum. Dhrough intelligent Bewässerungssystems can precise and damit sparsam bewässert will. Standardisierte Feeders can the feeding individual auf die species age- andd optimized for performance to adjust and sick animalswho eat too little, faster identify. About 75% Respondents think that digital technology helps them to achieve their long - term value Reduce costs and increase the yield. More than two-thirds (67%) sagen sogarthat smartFarming also improves the quality of agricultural productst.

Smart farming as an opportunity to face international challenges

European farmers are currently available enormous Challenges: highr Price pressure, internanational competition regulations, as well as increasing demands on the quality of food and environmental protection, as a sustainable life is becoming increasingly important. Digital technologies should help to implement efficient management. An important Prerequisite for this is however the guarantee of a sustainable infrastructure, also in rural areas. For this purpose, the broadband expansion from the point of view of the farmers association must be done quickly and in the area. In addition, the must Privacy secured and expenses for proof and documentation obligation are reduced. Politics is required here. For the future networking of machines and systems it comes similar to the industry 4.0 and the autonomous on the optimal use of Key technology 5G

The glass farm of tomorrow

For the future, the use of autonomous field robots and threatsnconsidered very widespread, as well as fahrerlose Tractors or combine harvester. The majority of agricultural experts also think that digitization has put thehe also brings closer to the farm: Interactive productinformation and -recommendations, as well as Consumer feedback to the producer, keep many a year 2030 for realistic. 86% Respondents also believe that the consumer will be digital in the futuren product is traced.

"Farmers already have to document their work extensively today. Digitization helps to meet the increasing demands for transparency. High-tech makes it possible to work even more sustainably, because it increases the animal's welfare and the fields are managed in a more plant and environmentally friendly way", So Bitkom-Main Managing Director Bernhard Rohleder. The peasant life is indeed inescapable modern variatbut preserving nature, biodiversity and resources helps to preserve the idyll of rural life in the long term.


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