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The COVID-19 pandemic has closed almost all borders around the world, meaning many seasonal farm workers who travel to plant and harvest much of the world’s crops are stranded in place. This is just one hurdle our food system faces this season, but its effects could be mitigated. To overcome this challenge, farmers rely on one of agriculture’s most trusted resources: human ingenuity.
From planting to harvest, farmers are investing more in tools like automation, digital platforms, and other precision farming methods to keep food production moving.
From planting to harvest and beyond
It all starts with a seed in the ground. Plants relied on the wind to disperse their fruit. Or a hungry animal. But, with the advent of agriculture, there were hands ready to do the job. Then Machines.
Automation has been a giant leap forward for agriculture, and it now has the potential to sustain the production of our vital food systems, while reducing the need for close-contact farm work.
Brilliant advancements in science and technology have enabled agriculture to advance even in the face of daunting obstacles. When it comes to sustainably protecting crops and preventing food loss, technology becomes extremely precise.
On the ground and above, precision sprayers protect our food supply while using less water and reducing the use of pesticides.
Ground sensors and orbiting satellites monitor soil moisture, plant health, and changes in temperature and humidity throughout the growing season.
These tools save farmers hours of scouring fields to collect information. When we can minimize manual labor, farms can become more productive, efficient and sustainable.
While automation has prevailed in grain harvesting for decades, the technology for picking and plucking delicate fruits and vegetables is still emerging. While this is one of the most visionary fields in agricultural technology, many see it as the answer to the challenges of sustainability and labor shortage.
Automation will play an important role in feeding the 7.9 billion of us in 2021.
All of these agricultural machines collect data. Together, these technologies act as nerve endings and work their way around the farm. But where is the brain? it’s in the software
Artificial intelligence and smart learning technology are changing the way we farm.
Agricultural innovations make our food system more sustainable. They limit our use of land, water, energy, pesticides, time and labor. The calculation limits guesswork. Automation limits inefficiency. And these growing technologies create different types of jobs in agriculture.
Now is the time to seriously invest in solutions that will not only help us survive this crisis, but also create a more sustainable food system. If we are to meet the demands of a growing world population, we need big and new ideas.
When it comes to the next generation of agricultural tech, will 2020 offer a reset or a total reassessment?
Bayer: science for a better life
Bayer is a global company with core competencies in the life sciences areas of healthcare and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high profitability. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. During the 2015 financial year, the Group employed around 117,000 people and generated sales of 46.3 billion euros. Capital expenditure amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenditure to 4.3 billion euros. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which went public as an independent company called Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, visit www.bayer.com.