Global population growth In addition to increasing demand for various services, it is understandable that it also increases the demand for food. This increase in demand has made farmers face the challenge of doubling production. What makes it more difficult to achieve this amount of product is the traditional method of production and outdated technology. Innovative new technologies in agriculture are already being seen as a new hope for managing the challenge of growing products demand. One of these modern technologies that farmers are choosing to adopt is Augmented Reality (AR). Farmers are now harnessing the power of this technology for field control, training of other farmers and machine assessment.
As we know very well, the implementation of AR in various industries has started years ago, guaranteeing the elimination of many challenges and the facilitation of many operating processes. Although the application of this technology in agriculture is already in its infancy, it shows very promising qualities for a possible revolution in the agricultural production processes. Let’s take a look at some of the ways this effective technology is helping farmers achieve maximum yields during production processes and have real-time visual access to fields of production.
Monitoring Fields Visually
Many of us may think that agriculture is about simple processes and there are not many complicated situations. On the contrary, there are many complex processes that must be followed until the final production of various products is achieved. Of great importance is the control of soil fertility that makes possible the start of the production process. The AR technology in agriculture is already helping farmers by playing an important role in areas related to the control and detection process of pests or insects. Now thanks to different AR applications, farmers can visualize the entire farm in real-time and detect the presence of any insect or insect damage.
Training New Farmers
As we know in any kind of industry the onboard process for new employees or even the training of those without experience is of great importance. Even in agriculture, these two processes play a key role in the smooth running of the processes as a whole. Thanks to AR technology training, farmers are now able to provide young farmers with an innovative and safer form of training. In this way, young farmers are introduced to agricultural equipment in a virtual form, this gives them the opportunity to have knowledge of possible accidents that may occur, thus making it possible to avoid dangerous situations. Thanks to this technology, remote collaboration is now more easily achievable. The connection of the expert farmer with young farmers who can be located thousands of kilometres away from each other, and sharing instructions between each other significantly facilitates the solution of problems that can be encountered. All this AR integration does not require specialized tools, but simply a smartphone that can be accessed by anyone. VSight Remote can be a good example to explain the virtual training of young farmers. The rooms enabled by this application make it possible to provide AR training with sophisticated tools making the transmitted information more easily perceptible. So in this way farmers through this collaboration in distance share information on machinery, harvest and livestock in the easiest way possible.
Facilitating collaboration and repairing
As mentioned above, agriculture is a field in which the use of different machinery is inevitable in various processes such as planting, harvesting and many others that often cause different problems. Damage to these machines can disrupt production processes and here comes AR help again. Farmers through this technology are able not only to receive instructions from experts in real-time but to receive these instructions in the most innovative form possible thanks to the 3D models that help them perform repairs themselves without the need for technicians. This saves them additional costs for the payment of technicians but also makes it possible to continue the production processes in a normal way as usual.
To summarize we can say that the application of this technology in agriculture has its challenges and one of them is the misperception by farmers of large properties for the high cost of AR. But in fact, this is a wrong idea, because if you do an ROI calculation it can be proven that the adoption of this technology can reduce large extra costs and at the same time facilitate many processes by providing farmers with a competitive place in the market. Agriculture is a key link for the economy as its importance is directly related to consumers and therefore the challenges that hinder its development and achieving the predetermined yield must be eliminated. Although many may be sceptical, AR technology has already begun its first steps of integration in this field, providing numerous benefits, and emerging quite promising for the future.