THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED The farms of the future

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In the next 35 years, we’ll have to produce more food than all of the world’s production combined over the last 2000 years. So what will the farms of the future look like?
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THE FARMS OF THE FUTURE   Sundrop Farms  Australia

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THE FARMS OF THE FUTURE  Sustainable farming could be the key to dealing with food shortages. First-Of-Its-Kind Farm Uses Seawater and Solar Power to Grow Crops. World’s first mass-scale facility that grows tomatoes without soil, fresh water, or fossil fuels launches in Australia. Sundrop Farms’ system creates 39 megawatts of energy per day, enough to maintain 18,000 tomato plants inside a greenhouse. It is in the middle of a desert and completely independent of non-renewable resources.

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Zhejiang photovoltaic power station China
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Massive photovoltaic power station built on a fish farm put into operation in Zhejiang. It covers an area of 300 hectares, with a total installed capacity of 200MW. Its average annual production capacity is expected to reach 220 million kilowatt-hours. The new mode of power generation features PV panels installed above the pond, which serve to provide shade and facilitate fish farming under the water. The station can meet the power demand of 100,000 households, potentially replacing 7.4 tons of coal.

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Farm from a Box: Community Farming. Reinvented. California

Reference Farm From a Box

Everything you need for a 2 acre farm in a shipping container. An off-grid food production system, housed within a shipping container. If you have a plot of land, this kit would be everything that you need to get yourself started, with the exception of seeds. 

It has off grid 3KW solar power system, a water system with a solar powered pump and drip irrigation system, and wi-fi connectivity for remote monitoring.

A farm kit for governments, NGOs, schools and individuals.

The Advance of Agricultural LED Lighting
 

With advances in contemporary lighting technology, through years of research and in-field applications, scientists have discovered that LED lights are the most practical and cost efficient method for stimulating the indoor growth of vegetation. Technology has made it possible for LED lighting to facilitate the necessary photo-morphological and photosynthetic requirements of vegetation. This enables vegetation to grow at a quicker pace, without waste, and in more locations.

LED lights are lightweight and need not be situated close to vegetation, as fluorescent bulbs necessitate. They do not need costly cooling systems as traditional lighting methods do.

By developing methods to control and manipulate the colors of light produced, the latest generation of agricultural lighting appears dimmer to the human eye but is designed to create optimal conditions for photosynthesis. This can reduce energy consumption and its associated costs up to 70%, making this technology accessible and cost-effective for a wide variety of applications.

The advent of LED light for indoor agricultural applications is a contributing factor to reducing food shortages around the world. Practical in situations where the terrain is not compatible for vegetation growth, LED lighting foster’s innovative ways to grow vegetation. As this technology develops, it becomes easier than ever to picture a world where low cost, fresh food is available, regardless of climate, year round.

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  The farms of the future
 
Farms of the future will feature automated roving robots to seek and destroy pests and pathogens, or plant seeds. Image: Harper Adams University/AGCO

Incredible Possibilities of Agricultural Robots Market in Field Farming, Dairy Management, Animal Management, Soil Management, Crop Management.

Agricultural Robots are robots used for agriculture purposes. Presently, their major area of application is at harvesting stage. These robots are capable of performing repetitive tasks efficiently and thus, decreasing the need for agricultural labor.

Global Agricultural Robots market is expected to witness growth during the forecast period owing to declining availability of farming farm workers and attainment of high crop value. The growing population and with it the rising demand for food is creating a need for high yield of crops. This has led to farmers seeking agriculture robots so as to enhance agricultural yield.

Agriculture robots are also increasingly in demand as a growing number of people are shifting to urban areas and towards other career options. This in turn has led to a decreased workforce for agricultural sector and has impacted the agricultural industry to a great extent. Thus, with the adoption of agriculture robots, the problem of lack of human labor is conveniently managed.

Additionally, these robots offer benefits such as reduced use of pesticides and chemicals as well as ability to perform in diverse range of environmental conditions.

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Tractors can already drive themselves using global satellite navigation systems such as GPS. But this is just the start. A system called controlled traffic farming (CTF) uses GPS to drive farm vehicles over the same lanes when spraying fertilisers or pesticides. This increases the growing area and reduces damage to soil through compaction, which can reduce yields and increase the energy inputs needed.

Yet just 1.5% of the UK’s substantial agricultural area is using CTF, and almost none in the developed world.

Better, lighter, automated machines could enable systems that go far beyond CTF. Autonomous drones like the octocopter being trialled at Rothamsted Research, an institute that receives funding from UK bioscience funders BBSRC. This demonstrator technology shows that it’s possible to measure plant growth and monitor crop stress, in reaction to water drought for example, from the air and autonomously.

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, can see crops in ways people can’t, such as infrared. Image: Rothamsted Research 

These ‘eyes in the sky’ can carry multispectral cameras that see in UV, infrared as well as visible light. Under manual or GPS control, they can see, count and record aspects of plant growth that the human eye can’t see, and traverse more ground in a shorter space of time than a humble human.

Already, drones are being used to sow seeds, monitor crops and for general and widespread on-farm reconnaissance — spotting anything from a broken fence to a lost cow — but equipped with scanning lasers guiding micro spraying nozzles, it’s not out of the realm of science fiction to see drones spraying individual plants, or even individual leaves, to zap pest insects.

The solar powered ‘ladybird’ rover is a working prototype developed by researchers at the University of Sydney. Image: ACFR, The University of Sydney
 
 
In the next 35 years, we’ll have to produce more food than all of the world’s production combined over the last 2000 years. So what will the farms of the future look like?

THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED — Le futur est arrivé — El futuro ha llegado — Die Zukunft ist angekommen

/// We are ready — Nous sommes prêt — Estamos listos — Wir sind bereit ///

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