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Enabling Farmers to Get The Most Out of Their Fields While Using Less Land and Fewer Inputs
As the world’s population grows, agricultural productivity will have to increase if we want to safeguard our food supply in the long term. Digital tools and data are not only helping us deploy our resources efficiently and sustainably, they are also enabling farmers to get the most out of their fields while using less land and fewer inputs, all amid changing climate conditions. Like the smart tools that help us make decisions about our daily lives, digital farming is enabling individual solutions tailored to each farm’s needs: the right product in the right place, at the right time and in the right amount.
A smarter toolbox
New digital technologies are helping drive efficiencies on the farm. Images from satellites and drones provide vital information on the health of plants in the field. For example, healthy plants have higher biomass content and appear green in the images, while plants impacted by various degrees of crop stress – e.g. pests, disease or drought – may appear red or yellow. In addition to satellite and drone imagery, sensors on the state-of-the-art tractors, harvesters and other connected devices provide information on soil type and condition, as well as water and nutrient availability.
By applying data science and advanced modeling to these numerous data sets – as well as feeding the models with publicly available data such as weather information – farmers are gaining access to actionable insights and recommendations and the ability to quickly tailor their decisions throughout the crop season. Whether it’s selecting the right crop variety for each individual field or determining the ideal time and amount of crop protection, this information is geospatially tagged and transmitted to a farmer’s smartphone or tablet before the plan is executed by precision farming equipment guided by GPS technology. Powered by data science, the farmer knows exactly where and at what rate a seed product or active ingredient should be applied. Combined with precision agriculture, these digital solutions help limit the waste of resources, help improve farmers’ bottom lines, and minimize agriculture’s impact on the environment.
Our digital solutions
The combination of automation, digital tools and data is helping us identify new ways to drive greater innovation in our R&D pipeline, reduce our environmental footprint through improvements in how we develop our products, and transform our customers’ experience. Digitally connected and accessible data is enabling us to know more than ever before about our products, how they are used and how they perform. We are using decision science to breed seeds that are custom-designed for specific regions, climates and soil types. And, by digitally connecting farmers with these new datasets, we can provide tailored solutions that best support the decisions they make every day from planting to harvest.
Using software tools that integrate data from satellites, field sensors, irrigation systems, drones, and other input sources, we are providing farmers with detailed, real-time assessments of growing conditions and crop health to support a sustainable, abundant harvest. Climate FieldViewTM, for example, enables farmers to have a complete picture of their operation. Billions of data points combine to help farmers prevent problems before they start so they can grow enough food for all of us while using less land, energy, and water.