Agriculture today more than ever needs new technologies and effective solutions. The number of people on Earth is growing constantly, and within 30 years the world community may face the problem of hunger due to overpopulation. Today it is precision farming that is primarily used to improve agriculture. It involves not only a conscious approach to the choice of crops for planting, based on the characteristics of the soil and climate. First of all, precision farming is a synthesis of classical knowledge about agriculture and modern technical and digital solutions.
What Methods Are Especially Productive for Farm Improvement?

What Methods Are Especially Productive for Farm Improvement?

When it comes to increasing agricultural productivity the first thing each farmer does is buying special AG machinery. We mean, tractors, harvesters, cultivators, spreaders etc. This is not a new trend as tractors have been used worldwide in AG for over a hundred years. However, precise agriculture does even more. It improves the functionality with the help of digital solutions. A GPS method of data transmission from the satellite that was a real breakout for AG. Even the simplest GPS trackers installed on farming machinery allow a wide range of possibilities:
  • They help to track the route of each machinery item to provide thorough control of the working process.
  • They help in mapping the territory of the farm.
  • They allow making precise calculations of the number of seeds needed to sow or of a future crop.
  • They help to avoid errors and gaps in tractor fieldwork.
However, there is a huge drawback of GPS. That is signal distortion by other signals, atmosphere refraction, sun radiation and many other factors. There is a new solution for improving GPS signal transmission that increases farm improvement. RTK technology helps to improve the accuracy of GPS signals from GNSS satellites. What AG solutions with RTK can be of great use for farmers?

  • RTK GNSS L1 or L2-type. This equipment installed on a tractor helps to increase the accuracy of positioning. The signal the tractor received by GPS has an accuracy of a few centimeters. This helps to guide a tractor by strictly parallel rows. It is also of great importance when mapping and checking out landscape fluctuations. It increases agricultural production by creating relevant forecasts, scheduling fieldwork, and working in low visibility or at night with the same efficiency as at daytime.
  • An automatic steering system for tractors is also an efficient way of increasing food production. Thus, your tractor is driven by a GPS RTK device that tracks the route. This technology also reduces labor costs and frees up the driver. It is cost-efficient as you do not have to pay your employees extra as the work is done by equipment not by a person. Its accuracy is even higher than that of a man-driven tractor. It helps to avoid human factors and thus, minimize drawbacks in all the field works from plowing to harvesting.
These two solutions are just the tip of the iceberg in precision farming. If you want to begin your farming in a science-based way, GPS RTK and automatic steering technologies should be implemented in the fieldwork. Pay once you’ll get your money back within a year. Precision farming methods are the best solution for a farmer who strives to get more food products from his/her farm and to overcome food shortages on the Earth.

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