Southwestern Ontario Needs Smart Farming Technology

Vast portions of Southwestern Ontario are blanketed by agricultural lands, with farming being the main industry in these rural areas. We’ve mentioned numerous times that smart technology will be necessary for today’s farmers to contend with the numerous challenges that have already started surfacing.

Some main challenges that Canadian farmers and farmers all over the world will face today and in the future include population growth, resource constraints, and drastic climate change. It is estimated that the world population will reach 9 billion by 2050; this will result in a higher demand for food and a lower land supply. As the demand for food increases, resources will decrease. These challenges combined with higher and lower temperatures, prolonged rainy seasons, and potential droughts make for tough times for farmers.

The main goal will be to improve efficiency across the board, from farm management to crop production. “The main reason I’m interested in the technology, boils down to one word: ‘efficiency.’ Every year, I’m trying to get more efficient,” says Joe Hossle of Emerson, Iowa in the Agriculture.com video below. The technology Joe refers to is a whole luxury suite of smart farming products that help him manage his day to day farming activities from his computer and smartphone.

A few farming technologies that have become popular in 2014 include unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for analyzing geospatial data, specialized field treatments for pest control, and soil treatment monitoring to improve water and nutrient use.

A company called Smart Farms has a project devoted to saving water and increasing the efficiency of farming methods. Their system involves local irrigation control boxes on production areas, which then transmit information to a data station. From this point, the data can be accessed from a laptop. The data can also be sent to a remote server via a secure Internet connection, which can be accessed by a smartphone.

There is no question that farmers will need smart technology to continue producing enough food in the near future. All farmers know that efficiency is key, and in order for smart farming technology to be efficient, you need high-speed Internet. Without high-speed fibre broadband, even the latest smart farm technology is useless. That’s why it is so important for Southwestern Ontario to build an affordable fibre network.

“Providing this service takes a team effort. Extending fibre-optic cable into rural areas is a key piece to linking farms to every aspect of their operation,” says Laurie Bedford, Advanced Technology Editor, about installing and implementing smart farm technology.

If you are a farmer in Southwestern Ontario, we would love to hear how smart technology could improve your daily work. Contact us today!