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What Is Smart Farming?

"The future of farming technologies is collecting and analyzing big data in agriculture to maximize operational efficiency and minimize labor costs." (Meola, 2021)

"Smart Farming has a real potential to deliver a more productive and sustainable agricultural production, based on a more precise and resource-efficient approach. However, while in the USA possibly up to 80% of farmers use some kind of SFT, in Europe it is no more than 24%.

From the farmer’s point of view, Smart Farming should provide the farmer with added value in the form of better decision making or more efficient exploitation operations and management. In this sense, smart farming is strongly related, to three interconnected technology fields addressed by Smart AKIS Network:

  • Management Information Systems: Planned systems for collecting, processing, storing, and disseminating data in the form needed to carry out a farm’s operations and functions.
  • Precision Agriculture: Management of spatial and temporal variability to improve economic returns following the use of inputs and reduce environmental impact. It includes Decision Support Systems (DSS) for whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources, enabled by the widespread use of GPS, GNSS, aerial images by drones and the latest generation of hyperspectral images provided by Sentinel satellites, allowing the creation of maps of the spatial variability of as many variables as can be measured (e.g. crop yield, terrain features/topography, organic matter content, moisture levels, nitrogen levels, etc).
  • Agricultural automation and robotics: The process of applying robotics, automatic control and artificial intelligence techniques at all levels of agricultural production, including farmbots and farmdrones." (smartAKIS, n.d.)


Quoted from:
Meola, A. (2021, February 2). Smart farming in 2020: How IoT sensors are creating a more efficient precision agriculture industry. Business Insider


Quoted from:
smartAKIS. (n.d.). What is Smart Farming?

Why do we need Smart Farming?

Why Do We Need Smart Farming?

Farming ‘smarter’ is no longer an ‘advanced’ tactic for savvy farmers; it’s becoming an increasingly necessary way to optimise and preserve human and natural resources.

  • Farm labor is becoming increasingly scarce due to urban migration and ageing populations.
  • Intensifying climate change is altering growing conditions in less predictable ways.
  • Earth’s resources and biodiversity are diminishing.


Quoted from:
Smarter Technologies. (2021). The complete guide to smart farming & agriculture.

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