Precision Farming is coming to Farming Simulator! Missed our announcement? Take a minute to catch up on what the future holds for the series! Only days ago, we announced the “Precision Farming Project” by EIT Food and John Deere in cooperation with other partners. Please, mind the fact, that the project is currently in the conception phase!
It’s designed to spread awareness on modern agriculture through a free game module coming to Farming Simulator. In case, you never heard of Precision Farming or don’t know exactly what it’s all about, let’s take a quick excursion and look at this exciting topic!
Precision Farming, also called “Precision Agriculture” or “Smart Farming”, is designed to improve agricultural efficiency by using modern technology. To put it simple, the goal is to produce more and better crops using less resources, in other words, make farming more sustainable than in the past. Precision farming is adopted more and more on progressive farms around the world.
Precision Farming aims to benefit basically every aspect of farming. It benefits the farmer using the technology to operate an efficient farm as well as the consumer buying the crops. But that’s not all, lowering the environmental load is also a cornerstone of Smart Farming. Let’s take a quick look at who and what can benefit from the technology:
Various tech is used to enable Precision Farming. On-board computers and applications for computers and mobile devices allow to monitor fields and associated data. GPS devices on tractors and other machinery, for example, allow farmers to plant their crops more precise by using optimized and automated patterns that are designed to save time, fuel and seeds.
Analyzing and monitoring data is a key component of Precision Farming: Allowing farmers to get a complete overview of their farm, including data on soil quality, previous crops and environmental factors, helps to ease decision-making and responding to challenges. Sensors can determine temperature, moisture, biomass, development of diseases and many other information.
All this is documented and analyzed in seconds to suggest improvements for future crop cycles. Also, this is where the exciting field of AI (Artificial Intelligence) learning comes into play to help farmers making smart decisions and further improving yield quality and lowering the environmental impact.
The following technologies are examples for real-life technology used by Precision Farmers. Please mind, this is not a list of planned features in regards to the module for the game.
As per our announcement, the Farming Simulator series will receive a free Precision Farming module in the future. The first step of the two-year project together with EIT Food and John Deere is to implement heterogeneous fields with regards to soil types. As mentioned before, the project is currently in the concept phase and further development after implementing the feature of heterogeneous fields, is to be determined. Stay tuned for more information in the future!
This EIT Food activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under Horizon2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
EIT Food is Europe’s leading agri-food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector. The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, start-ups, research centres and universities from across Europe. EIT Food aims to collaborate closely with consumers to develop new knowledge and technology-based products and services that will ultimately deliver a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for all European citizens.