Global population growth has increased demand for various services, and 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 What makes it more difficult to achieve this amount of product is the traditional method of production and outdated technology.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.
The implementation of AR in various industries has started years ago. AR is guaranteeing the elimination of many challenges and the facilitation of many operating processes. The application of augmented reality in agriculture is already in its infancy. Besides this, 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 augmented reality technology in the agriculture industry is helping farmers to 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 need tracking. These processes need tracking until the final production of various products finishes. Of great importance is the control of soil fertility which makes possible the start of the production process. The Augmented Reality technology in agriculture is already helping farmers. This technology plays an important role in areas related to the control and detection process of pests or insects. Through Augmented Reality applications, farmers can visualize the entire farm in real-time. In addition, they can detect the presence of any insect or insect damage.
Training New Farmers with Augmented Reality Tools
In any kind of industry, the onboarding process for new employees or the training of inexperienced workers 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 Augmented Reality technology training, farmers are now able to provide young farmers with an innovative and safer form of training. In this way, young farmers explore the agricultural equipment in a virtual form. This gives them the opportunity to have knowledge of possible accidents that may occur. Also, makes it possible to avoid dangerous situations.
Through this technology, remote collaboration is now more easily achievable. The connection of the expert farmer with young farmers who locate thousands of kilometers away from each other, and sharing instructions with each other significantly facilitates the solution of problems that happens. All this AR integration does not require specialized tools, but simply a smartphone that is accessible 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. Different processes such as planting or harvesting often cause different problems. Damage to these machines can disrupt production processes and here comes AR help again. Farmers through Augmented Reality in agriculture are able to receive instructions. This is possible in an innovative form through 3D models. These models help them perform repairs themselves without the need for technicians. This saves them additional costs for the payment of technicians. Also makes it possible to continue the production processes in a normal way as usual.
To summarize, we can say that the application of augmented reality in agriculture has its challenges. One of them is the misperception by farmers of large properties of the high cost of AR. But in fact, if you do an ROI calculation it can be proven the opposite. The adoption of this technology can reduce large extra costs. 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. The challenges that hinder its development and achieving the predetermined yield must be eliminated. Although many may be skeptical, AR technology has already begun its integration in this field. Providing numerous benefits, and emerging quite promising for the future is what defines AR.