Mark Noort
Mark Noort Editor-Agriculture, Geospatial World


The connected farm
“Smart farming” is the buzzword for the future of farming. In most parts of the world agricultural productivity and production have increased considerably in the last decades. To comply with increasing demand and other challenges, such as climate change, production has to grow even more and do so sustainably. This presentation sketches ICT trends for agriculture. Geospatial technology almost invariably plays a very important role in those trends. Circumstances differ for farmers across the world, but future scenarios for advanced, vanguard farming systems, are relevant for other parts of the world as well, although the exact application may differ. Examples of the use of geospatial technology for automated machinery, optimization of farm operations, avoidance of mistakes, redundancy and (post-harvest) losses, location-based tagging systems and agricultural information systems will be presented.