What to Expect in Agriculture in 2022: Part 2

What to Expect in Agriculture in 2022: Part 2

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Agriculture Trends in 2022

Researchers and scientists are continuously studying technologies and offering advanced methodologies in the agriculture sector to meet the increasing demands of sustainability.

Sensor-based devices

From 2022 onwards, farmers will no longer monitor their fields the conventional way, which requires intense physical labor, additional equipment, and time. Sensor-based devices, like the Internet of things (IoT) Sensor Stations, are now introduced in the United States to automatically collect data and accurately present information through mobile applications.

Robotics

Agricultural robotics has already been in the news for quite some time, and few Canadian and US-based start-ups started to use smart agricultural machines to assist producers with several farm operations. The agricultural robots can facilitate the process of seeding, planting, transplanting, weeding, spraying, harvesting, and fruit-picking.

Additionally, drones are also known to increase farm productivity by collecting raw data through aerial imaging that helps in the application of fertilizers, pesticides, water, and seeds. Drones with GPS technology are also set to track cattle and livestock, geofencing, and graze monitoring.

Precision Agriculture

An acre of land has different soil properties and slopes; therefore, the treatment for each area will be different. Hence, Australian and Italian-based startups have developed digital solutions to help agriculture sustainability by using eco-friendly methods to examine the needs of the crops. By using these digital solutions, farmers can now provide the exact amounts of crop input like water, fertilizers, and pesticides, leading to maximum quality, high crop yields, and decrease resource and time wastage.

Biotechnology

Using agricultural biotechnology contributes to the quality of crops and livestock by minimizing the crop yield wastes due to plant diseases and pests. Agricultural biotechnology includes hybridization, plant breeding, tissue culture, and genetic engineering. By utilizing these scientific techniques, crops will have disease and drought tolerance qualities, pest resistance, and high yield capacity.

To further enhance the profitability of farm production, some regions have introduced agriculture biotech methods like biofertilizers, bioplastics, biopesticides, and bioherbicides.

Controlled Environment Agriculture

One of the top challenges farmers face every year is the unpredictable extreme weather effects. One of the solutions to surpass this challenge is to use Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), a process to control the humidity, light, and nutrients of crops. CEA can be fulfilled through greenhouses, indoor farming, vertical farming, and more. It can also be done through hydroponics and aeroponics, where plants can grow in a liquid nutrient medium or steam. A budding technique also considers aquaponics, where plants and fish simultaneously provide nutrients to each other.

 

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Non Organic

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ISTA

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BRC

Requiring food processors to follow to build an effective food safety management system.

GFSI

Procedure by which a food safety-related scheme is compared to the GFSI Guidance Document

HACCP

Protecting food from biological, chemical and physical hazards during production

ISO

Standard aids for the creation of products that are safe, reliable, and of good quality.

Gluten Free

Food that is processed to remove gluten and use of ingredients with less than 20 ppm of gluten.

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