In recent years, technology has allowed digitization in all work areas. The primary sector is no stranger to technological changes and has also been immersed in digitization.
The digitization of agriculture was born in order to save and improve the handling, management, parameterization and quality of life in general for farmers. In this post we are going to see how digitization in agriculture can help us and benefit us in the agricultural management of our farms.
What are the objectives of the digitization of agriculture?
The digitization of agriculture aims to put paper aside and record all data electronically in the field notebook. Within the agricultural sector, this process arises with several clear objectives based on pre-existing needs.
Reduce physical documents
The agricultural sector stands out for its heavy burden of bureaucracy and paper documents that in many cases make order and management difficult. Unlike an office, in the field papers can get wet, dirty or lost very easily, in addition to storing a large number of folders.
With the digitization of agriculture, we want to avoid all these papers and documents and work digitally with the same mobile phone. Today, the vast majority of people in the agricultural sector carry a state-of-the-art mobile phone with an Internet connection in their pocket. This allows the digitization of agriculture to be very easy and attractive for all farmers.
Use of Data
The digitization of data in agriculture is a very important first step to meet other challenges that facilitate the organization and daily management of agricultural and livestock farms.
The key to being able to easily and safely manage a farm is to use data to make our work easier. The digitization of agriculture can allow us to quickly know the yield per hectare of a crop plot by plot, the exact amounts of herbicide that we must apply, or the sowing dose per hectare depending on the plot we are working on, etc.
All this implies the use of data that we have previously digitized and allows us to improve efficiency and consequently increase the profits of our agricultural company.
The digitization of data and its subsequent use to manage our farm allows us to take a much broader view and go further at the business level. The agricultural digital transformation implies modernization and therefore the capacity for business development and new business models that are increasingly economically and environmentally sustainable.
The digitalization of agriculture today
As we have been saying, there are multiple advantages of digital transformations in agriculture. There are currently many examples of practices that are already being developed to promote the digitization and modernization of the sector.
Precision agriculture was born as a result of the digitalization of agriculture. It intends to use data and images obtained from satellites to analyze different agricultural parameters, the behavior and development of crops, soil fertility, etc.
All this allows the farmer to be able to fertilize or pay with the exact amount that is needed at any given time, irrigate area by area of the farm with the water resources that the plants need, or automate fertigation processes in greenhouses or orchards.
There are agricultural management programs that start from the beginning: collect data and then be able to use it and exponentially improve the management of your farm.
A mobile application allows field workers to record the different tasks that are being carried out on the same farm. This allows you to enter all the plots of the farm or agricultural company to later be able to parameterize the data.
With a mobile phone you can write down very easily and from anywhere what sowing dose you are using, what treatment you are doing and what plots you have worked.
This easy and comfortable task then allows us to automatically extract a whole series of historical data, calendars, dates, cost control, and even automatically download the official notebooks that have to be presented before an agricultural inspection.
Currently there are also programs for agricultural companies, with an application and program focused on the management of a large agricultural company, as well as the management of workers.
The digitization of agriculture, an issue of the present
We have seen that agricultural digitization is already part of the present in the agricultural sector and no one doubts that it is here to stay. The advantages of digitization are multiple: saving time, phytosanitary products, losing paper and, above all, reducing costs and increasing profits. If you are interested in digitization and you are one of those who believes that you cannot be left behind.
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