What Are The Upcoming Trends in Agriculture for 2019?

By Carlos Miskinis

As one of the biggest industries that have a tremendous direct impact for the growing population, the agriculture industry has experienced a fair share of new technology advancements, changes in processes, infrastructure, and sustainability. Because of this, huge opportunities for new trends to form will arise this year that will be mostly related to agriculture technology and how it will shape the landscape of the farming businesses. However, despite the enormous technological advancements and the impact AgTech has made, a few factors that we will talk about in the article will also determine how the farmer demographic will experience change in the effort to attract young farmers and take interest in improving global food production, dedicating focus towards achieving sustainability and coping with the growing demand for chemical and pesticide-free food.

 

using precision agriculture technology to monitor plant health

 

How Technology Will Shape The Future Trends of Agriculture in 2019

It is necessary to state that apart from the technology shifts we’ve experienced in farming such as developing processes for crop modification, there will be a very unique shift regarding how we deal with crop health in the first place because since the 4.0 generation of technology has come out, the possibilities of utilizing concepts such as Biotech, Digital Twin and Precision Agriculture can be endless.

 

 

Combining Biotech and AgTech To Alter Plant DNA and Increase Food Production

just like Biotech was able to disrupt one of the most “stubborn” industries out there such as Healthcare by executing tests and experiments on altering human DNA in order to find a method of preventing life-threatening diseases from affecting our population, the very same concept can be applied and combined with AgTech. By utilizing crop monitoring and optimization software that is now readily available across the US, we can use Biotech in order to monitor crop health, alter plant DNA and find a way to make the crops immune to diseases that put a cap on the overall productivity of crops.

 

using organic biotech fertilizers to water crops

 

Attracting Millennials Into Farming In Order To Accelerate Technology Adoption in AG

One of the biggest factors that will determine how well the agriculture industry will cope with and adopt the newest AgTech applications related to food production, will be young farmers. The industry is facing a problem with ensuring effective food production due to the fact, that most farms are run by older demographics that can range from 40 years old and above. If this persists happening and if we will not be able to figure out methods of raising the interest of farming and agriculture to Millennials, the pace at which new technology will be adopted will be hindered, as well as the progress of finding new solutions to current problems in the industry will be slowed down tremendously as well.

 

using cloud-based technology to increase farming efficiency

 

Summing Up The Future Trends We Can Expect In Agriculture

The introduction of new technologies and the potential they can offer to farmers across the globe (e.g. using Biotech to alter crop health, utilizing Digital Twin to predict optimal weather conditions for crop growth etc.) will become dependent on our ability to introduce younger demographics to start a career in farming and agriculture. In order to achieve this, we need to put the focus on financing and funding the younger generation in terms of financially encouraging them to start their own sustainable farming businesses and help them get a meaningful start that will contribute to efficient future food production.

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Carlos Miskinis

Digital Twin Research Expert

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