By 2050, the global population is projected to reach approximately 9.8 billion people. This exponential increase of two billion people to our current population means that there will be a drastically higher demand for food and water resources in the near future. From a rapidly warming and variable climate, to limited land and resources, there are countless pressures that impact our global agricultural system. Moreover, as a highly labor and land-intensive sector, agriculture has one of the most significant impacts on biodiversity loss, pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. So how will we be able to produce enough food for the future while also minimizing the impact farming has on our planet?
Precision agriculture, also known as precision ag or precision farming, answers this question and is a key part towards creating a more sustainable, secure, and prosperous global food supply. Precision agriculture is a high level management approach that utilizes advancements in technology to enhance farm production and profitability while lowering the levels of inputs required for growing crops. Since the 1990s, precision farming has capitalized on new and innovative technologies like multispectral and satellite imagery, drone technology, and data software tools to better understand and manage farming operations.
CropA, an innovative platform by Growing Smart, is a precision-focused knowledge database. The platform is shared via a digital platform which is made up of data harvested and delivered by UAV`s, autonomous ground rovers trained in yield inspection, and sensors located throughout farm plots to identify crop health and disease. The CropA platform integrates third party technologies, such as satellite imagery for low budget remote sensing and virtual meteorological stations for weather and evapotranspiration forecast.