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Improve Precision Agriculture Techniques with Big Data

Written by Tyler Boykin Posted March 31, 2017 by Carolina
Tyler Boykin

Tyler Boykin

A growing trend toward data-driven precision agriculture has been identified among farmers across the country. Many growers have begun adopting specific precision agriculture techniques and are leveraging big data solutions to obtain qualitative and quantitative data in order to increase their yield and make improved decisions regarding land management.

Precision agriculture, otherwise known as site-specific crop management (SSCM), precision farming or satellite farming, is a method of farming that involves using technology to collect real-time data on weather, soil quality, and crop development to help growers make better choices throughout the process of planting, fertilizing, and harvesting.

For precision agriculture to be successful, growers must utilize information gathered from a series of integrations between disparate systems to study and observe crop fields. These may include temperature and soil moisture sensors, GPS farming apps and modules for automated machinery, and even drones used for aerial imaging. In many cases, this data is fed into a dashboard of a software platform where it can be properly organized and maintained.

Precision agriculture produces large amounts of data that tends to be complex in nature, ranging anywhere from temperature readings to pH and other chemical levels. Because of this, farmers will usually seek outside assistance of expert analysts to help them properly understand the information and determine its application in the decision-making process. As more data is collected, farmers gain greater knowledge to refine their agriculture plans.

The implementation of big data solutions and technology for satellite farming, however, can be extremely expensive for growers, costing thousands for upgraded equipment or an off-the-shelf business intelligence software platform, which may not even have the industry-specific tools a farmer needs.

For a truly all-inclusive big data solution for precision agriculture, it is normally best practice to seek out assistance from a third-party developer who can guarantee a seamless integration of new technology and software into a farmer's existing systems and deliver the best results so growers can achieve the highest possible return on investment.

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