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Emerging Agricultural Technology

Arable Farming

Sam Northey

on 6 February 2013

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Term Agricultural Technology Emerging Technologies In The Arable Sector By Sam Northey The End Any Questions? Introduction Technology in the Agricultural industry has advanced a lot over the past 20 years, and it is continuing to
progress, especially in the arable sector. This presentation looks at the current short term technologies that have emerged, medium term and also long term technologies that are still in early stages of development. The future of arable farming In 2010 87% of arable farmers said that rising input prices were changing the way they used resources, and one in four said climate change was already having an impact on their business (Farming Futures, 2011). New technologies will be needed to make farming sustainable. References Challenges

Rising input costs
Market volatility
Demand for increased production
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Opportunities

Optimisation of inputs through improved nutrient management saving money
Increased demand
Potential increased yields
New crops and varieties now suited to the UK Farming Futures. (2009). Climate change: be part of the solution Focus on: water management. [Online] Available: http://www.farmingfutures.org.uk/sites/default/files/casestudy/pdf/FF_FS18_REV_Nov09final.pdf Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

Farming Futures. (2011). Focus on arable crops. [Online] Available: http://www.farmingfutures.org.uk/sites/default/files/casestudy/pdf/FF_FS_REV_FS10_Arable%20crops.pdf Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

John Deere. (2012). JDLink™ Machine Monitoring. [Online] Available: http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/services_and_support/product_support/construction_technology_solutions/machine_monitoring/machine_monitoring.page Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

Kirk, G. (2012). John Deere: JDLink app launched. [Online] Available: http://www.wnif.co.uk/articles/940/1/John-Deere-JDLink-app-launched/Page1.html Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

Kirk, G. (2013). Whats New In Farming. [Online] Available: http://www.wnif.co.uk. Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

Mawston, N. (2012). Worldwide Smartphone Population Tops 1 Billion in Q3 2012. [Online] Available: http://blogs.strategyanalytics.com/WDS/post/2012/10/17/Worldwide-Smartphone-Population-Tops-1-Billion-in-Q3-2012.aspx Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

Parrot. (2013). Parrot Flower Power - The Most Advanced Plant Sensor. [Online] Available: http://www.parrot.com/flower-power/ Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

ubergizmodotcom. (2013). Parrot Flower Power Demo at CES 2013. [Online] Available: Last accessed 9th Jan 2013.

VapourGuard. (2012). VapourGuard™ Covers. [Online] Available: http://www.vapourguard.com. Last accessed 9th Jan 2013. Current and future technology Crop Technology

Creating higher yielding varieties
Higher disease resistant crop
Less fertiliser requirement
Catch crops
GM crops
Environmentally friendly pesticides Machinery

GPS / Autosteer
Controlled Traffic Farming
Variable rate application
Low Ground Pressure
Precision Farming Others

Computer software
Soil Testing
Green manures

(Kirk, 2013) JDLink. VapourGuard
Covers JDLink is a computer and smartphone software that gives you remote access to fleet location, fleet utilization and diagnostic data (John Deere, 2012) This is the software from the computer. It uses google maps to show the map which the machines are shown on. Oil pressures, fuel usage and work rates are all sent back to the manager using the internet. Diagnostic codes also can be send back, so any servicing can be planned, and also if the dealer is required, the position of the machine and the problem is already known (Kirk, 2012) Key features include:
-Monitoring machine health
-Extending life through preventative maintenance
-Making maintenance scheduling and documentation simple
-Increasing uptime through alerts of potential downtime
-Tracking rental fleet machines and their hours of use
-Works out machine and operator productivity
-Recovering stolen machines through GPS tracking
(John Deere, 2012) Water management and water storage systems are becoming increasingly important throughout the farming industry, particularly for those farm businesses in the drier regions
(Farming Futures, 2009) VapourGuard water storage covers are made from a material which protects stored water and collects rainfall in your water storage area.
Its made from a material called GeoBubble which is self-supporting due to millions of small air cells making it float (VapourGuard, 2012). Climate change and a growing population means pressure on water resources can only increase
Abstracting less, using less and saving more will reduce production costs
Better quality water will mean healthier crops (Farming Futures, 2009) The phone app does not have
as much functionality as the full
system on a computer, but it does include machine mapping, directions to machines, sharing location of machines, and view and acknowledge message alerts (John Deere, 2012). Collect rainfall
Inhibit algae growth
Reflect the sun’s heat
Reduce contamination
Reduces evaporation by 98%
(VapourGuard, 2012). Technology in the long term for arable farming is going to get more automated in terms of crop monitoring
Farms are getting bigger and climate will be variable over the land Its the most advanced plant sensor currently, but its designed for house plants (Parrot, 2013). The technology could be adapted for field use. Bluetooth technology would have to be changed for longer distance use. Measures sunlight
Soil moisture
6 months battery life

(Parrot, 2013) (John Deere, 2012) A lot of farmers have smartphones now
In the third quarter of 2012, smartphones in use worldwide passed the 1million mark
It is estimated that 1 in 7 of the world’s population owned a smartphone at this time
(Mawston, 2012) (ubergizmodotcom, 2013)
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