Smart Agriculture

Creating a sustainable economy and protecting our environment are, more than ever before, dominant topics in our everyday life. Increasing demands on our agricultural industry due to increasing population and energy crop production demands more efficient crop management. Positively, the focus is shifting to sustainable organic farming. This shift will require more from biocontrol agents; plant growth promotors in plant protection and biofertilizers (visit www.aratibiotech.com/climatesmartagriculture).

We are currently witnessing a nexus of technologies that will enable advances in fundamental knowledge of phytobiomes and translation into sustainable crop production practices. Conceptual and technological advances in diverse fields of research, including ‘omics sciences, systems biology, microbial ecology, datascience, and precision crop management systems, are positioning researchers to achieve major leaps in characterizing, analyzing, and managing phytobiomes as integrated systems. Filling the knowledge gaps will require

interdisciplinary cooperation.

Why phytobiomes now?

Today’s agricultural productivity is the result of long-term efforts of many disciplines. The majority of the yield gains worldwide in the last century have resulted from advances in plant genetics and biotechnology, which when coupled with high inputs have enabled phenomenal yield increases that have markedly affected our society. Annual yield growths, however, have

slowed in recent decades, and yields will be further impacted by current and future limitations in water, fertilizer, and chemical inputs and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events. Plants evolved in association with diverse macro- and microorganisms and depend on them, much as humans depend on their elaborate microflora for short- and long-term health. These associations, which help drive the restoration and maintenance of healthy soils, have often been ignored and even inadvertently inhibited. Scientific tools are now available to probe deep into phytobiome networks and generate systems-level knowledge that can be exploited for optimizing the health and productivity of plant-based ecosystems. At the centre of the biowaste (plants and animals). The success of using beneficial microbes, biocontrol insects, and crop rotations for protecting crops against pathogens, pests, and plantparasitic nematodes illustrates only a fraction of the potential to manage phytobiomes for crop health and productivity.

Mobile Agriculture – The term e -Agriculture describes the delivery of agriculture-related services via information and communication technology (ICT). Using this kind of service requires access to PCs and internet. e -Agriculture can also involve the use of techniques like GIS, remote sensing and various wireless devices.

 mAgriculture – mAgriculture is a subset of eAgriculture, referring to the delivery of agriculture-related  services via mobile communications technology. Mobile communication technology includes all kinds of portable devices like basic mobile phones, smartphones, PDAs or tablet devices (e.g. iPad)  mobile Agriculture can also involve gathering relevant data through mobile technologies like automated weather stations (AWS) or systems and sensors for location-based collection.

Our  mobile agriculture brand is called HUETZ Mobile  (www.huetzmobile.com) that  includes and not limited to the following:

  1. Understanding multi-spectral imagery using drones in agriculture
  2. Nitrogen Refine fertilization  by detecting nutrient deficiencies symptoms
  3. Optimize pesticide input through early detection of biotic stress
  4. Control crop irrigation by identifying areas where water stress   is suspected
  5. Estimate crop yield  by processing and exploiting agronomic indices.

 

  Drone application service sector for sustainable agriculture

Drone Technology Services Platform – Multidisciplinary & Systems Approach

Huetz Mobile ® mAgriculture focuses on the application of mobile applications for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in agriculture with the support infrastructure of drone technology for precision farm in-put management, and optimization including using mobile enabled M&E tools.

  • Corporations, governments, NGOs and farmers all have a goal of increasing value in agricultural supply chains ;
  • Profitable solutions will ensure more widespread adoption;
  • An understanding of biology, ecology and geology is required in order to design effective interventions;
  • Food production is often viewed as a “public good” and systems must be designed to help feed local populations;
  • Technology should help smallholders take advantage of government-driven subsidies and tax incentives; and
  • Agriculture markets are largely impacted by micro and microeconomic factors and solutions must account for the effects of these drivers of sustainability
    (see Figure 1 below).

 Source: 2011, Fritz Brugger / fritz.brugger@syngenta.com

Figure  1.  Complex mobile Agriculture initiatives