Agricultural Technology New In 2017

As 2017 is coming to an end, it's a fitting time to look back at some of the new innovations that has happened in the Agricultural Industry.

By no means is this a complete list, just a number of items that caught my eye.


Drone Crop Scouting

Drone technology has advanced quickly in the last 12 months.  Many of the afforable units now almost fly themselves.  Gone are the days of crashing into trees and buildings, many drones have sensors that make them much easier to operate.

With the better hardware comes increased value in what they can do.  Basic areal photography and video can be very valuable.  A drone will allow you to scout general condition of your crop or record on video how much of your field was hit by frost and then use that video recording to report to your crop insurance agent to make the decision of replanting or not much quicker.

Thermal imagery can tell you where weeds patches are or where a drainage tile is broken.

More information from a Canadian company HERE

If nothing else, you can use this information to convince your wife why you really need to buy a drone.

Driver-less Tractors and Field-Bots

With big acreage fields, the driver-less tractor could be a piece of equipment your children will consider.  With so many hours just sitting in your GPS guided tractor, why bother sitting there at all?  With the proper setup and large open fields, this type of equipment can do a precise job while you do something more meaningful.  

See CaseIH video on this technology HERE.

For smaller more precise farming, a field bot could be the solution. Robot precision farming not only promises to increase yields by optimizing growth and harvesting processes, but can also lead to a reduction in fertilizer and herbicide usage and improve soil quality through more targeted interventions.

To see some in action click HERE or HERE

We are starting to see more and more robots on the farm, doing farm tasks and eventually, we are going to get to the stage where you see semi-automated or even fully automated farms happening.

Salah Sukkarieh, director of research and innovation, Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR