New technology gives farmers a more informative view of their fields
Sponsored by Bayer Hawaii
Modern Agriculture is an evolving approach to agricultural innovations and farming practices that help farmers increase efficiency and reduce the amount of natural resources necessary to meet the world’s food, fuel and fiber needs. It is driven by continuous improvements in digital tools and data, as well as collaborations among farmers and researches across the public and private sectors.
Digital tools help all of us be better informed and make better decisions and the same goes for farmers. Farming apps track weather, planting, and soil data to provide farmers information to help their crops thrive.
For more than 50 years, Bayer has remained one of the largest contributors to Hawaii’s agriculture industry, with farms on Oahu, Maui and Molokai. Today, the agriculture industry is facing many challenges globally, and especially in Hawaii. Science innovations and advancements in digital tools are helping to identify new solutions to help farmers address challenges, all while using less natural resources. Some of these challenges include, food production, labor shortage, water stresses, pest control, and plant diseases, just to name a few.
Bayer Hawaii is committed to improving modern agriculture across all of its farms to help increase efficiency in a sustainable way. Digital tools provide more information to farmers about what is happening in their fields, including what acreage needs water, fertilizer, or is under stress from weeds or insects. These tools help farmers to be more precise in the amounts of water and other resources they use to grow food, scout their fields remotely, and address issues before they become problems.
Using data-driven tools helps farmers to understand crop conditions in detail in order to optimize inputs and maximize yield. These tools collect data in real-time to help teams make smarter and sustainable farming decisions. The information collected helps to determine the right amount of pesticides, seeds, fertilizer and water to apply.
Just as x-rays, MRIs and CAT scans give doctors a more detailed look at what’s happening inside the human body, digital tools for agriculture give farmers a much more informative view of their fields.