Written by James Warner

Big Data has been disrupting innovation in almost every sector of the world and Agriculture is not left behind either. Though, the agriculture field is less impacted by any technological advancement, but Big Data and AI are such powerful forces that have the potential to transform the agricultural domain.

Farmers have mostly banked on a range of different techniques to collect data about how to find the best crop to grow and how to grow it in the most productive manner. They walk their fields, selecting a small part of the soil to analyze the moisture content and after seeing the leaves of the plants closely they try to review their health.

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However, it is extremely important for farmers to understand and value technology to more quickly and methodically collect crop information, in greater quantities, for the sole aim of turning it into valuable data. Though some of the farmers have already started collecting huge chunks of information with the help of “big data” technology-based farm machinery.

Big Data has been a revolutionary integration in the agricultural domain. The technology has led to better understanding of the crop and the procedures to grow it nicely. Listed below are 3 major ways through which big data technology is transforming the agriculture industry.

  • Apt crop forecasts

The farmers spend a lot of their time in worrying about how the crops will turn out to be. Crop predictions during the course of years have been anything but correct, until now.

With the help of high-end and useful computer algorithms to review the decades and sometimes spans of weather and crop information, present-day farmers can foresee the yields with absolute accuracy, and that too, before even planting a single seed in the soil. The insight offered by big data analytics enable the farmers to initiate and harvest their yields at the best time, and this helps to maximize the harvests. Farmers are also compelled to spend a lot of time worrying about their crop. But accurate crop forecasting saves them from the stress of worrying about their crop from time to time.

  • Precision Farming

Precision agriculture or automated farming is the new way to grow crops. Though, there is no doubt about the fact that from years farmers are using several varied solutions to automate and keep track of a plenty of agricultural procedures. And, now, big data analytics solutions completely separates the commercial agriculturalists from the pack.

After the recent developments in Big data, AI, internet, drone technology, the agricultural automation has reached a new level!  Farmers are now even using drones with cutting-edge sensors to survey the crops, keep their data updated, and inform them about the areas that require improvement. The technology is growing at a rapid speed, and it is anticipated to move from gauging to even planting and harvesting.

Big Data analytics is all about looking for the tiniest of errors in a system and rectifying them, thus the technology helps the farmers to take the quality of their crops to a new height!

  • High-quality seeds and minimized hunger

In some reports recently it was mentioned that growing international population along with the soaring temperatures has led to a huge famine in Africa that has impacted 20 million individuals at threat of starvation. Philanthropic teams across the world have geared up to provide help though they can, but the resolution may lie in big data.

Researchers and agricultural scientists have been examining plant data for decades in the hopes of growing crops that can be cultivated in any environment. We can grow plants quicker, bigger, and healthier than ever before now, thanks to the recent inventions. Chemically engineered seeds which are nurtured using big data can sound bad, but the seeds made with the help of data analytics have the power to put an end to global hunger.

Conclusion

Big data analytics has made a noteworthy impact in the agriculture field but it’s hard to pin down all of its effects, and tough still to forecast what more transformation it might bring. However, the impact of Big Data on farming is sure to be refreshing, and beneficial for the farmers. It is just that the farmers have to adopt newer Big Data-enabled technologies to make full use of Big Data analytics. And, for this is also a mandate to make farmers aware of the power of Big Data and in what capacity it can help them grow their crops better!

James Warner is a Business Intelligence Analyst with Excellent knowledge on Hadoop/Big data analysis at NexSoftSys.com

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