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Around the Web: Precision Farming

Each year, the World Economic Forum publishes a diverse range of breakthrough technologies, chosen for their potential to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. These technologies were also chosen for their level of maturity that would enable widespread take-up in the coming 3-5 years. The technologies were selected by the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and Global Future Councils in collaboration with Scientific American and its Board of Advisors (from World Economic Forum, weforum.org, June 26, 2017).

Numerous articles have been published about ‘sustainable communities’ but an interesting offshoot is the need for precision farming. An article in Fluid Power Journal’s November/December 2018 issue discusses the need for greater yields and reduced loss in harvest, transport and storage, in order to meet increasing demand for food and energy. As the complexity of agricultural machines increases, sensors are playing a larger role in the measurement of a wider variety of variables, including pressure, distance, position, angle, inclination, speed, temperature, and of course, fluid level. Sensors are responsible for detecting what the machine is doing and how. More and more information will be supplied by the sensors to enable increased efficiency and control of the agro machines. It’s good to know that sensor technologies upwards of 50 years old continue to make significant contributions to the health and well-being of our planet.