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Precision or Digital or Smart Farming

Are you confused about the differences between Digital Smart and Precision farming?  DTN has produced a summary to clarify these terms.

Digital farming involves implementing technology such as data science, digital communication channels, and automation and sensors to improve agricultural outcomes.

Farming systems operate through an integrated set of activities performed by farmersfarming systems image under their resources and circumstances to maximise productivity on a sustainable basis. The adoption of digital farming reduces risks and uncertainties by giving farmers access to data and information to manage their farming practices and make decisions. Farmers are able to improve the processes due to better efficiency, optimising the supply chain and establish better decision-making. Digital farming offers a way also to improve quality control and quality assurance and farmers can achieve improved environmental outcomes.

“Smart farming” refers to managing farms using technologies to increase the quantity and quality of products while optimising the human labour required by production. Smart farming technologies can be used to collect measurements of factors that affect farming outcomes. Many technological devices can be used, such as geo-mapping, satellite technology, drones, and on-farm and vehicle-mounted sensors. The analysis of data creates recommendations to improve yields and make farming sustainable.

According to Wikipedia, “precision agriculture” involves employing satellite farming technology or site specific crop management based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops.

The SEED project has created a qualification profile addressing these aspects and the necessary competences to provide support and advice to implement the technology and make suitable decisions.

Find out more about the differences between Smart – Digital – Precision farming from DTN


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