From automating tasks up to genetically optimizing crops, technology has transformed the entire industry to the point that it is almost impossible for someone from 50 years ago would not even recognize it.
Testing is the way to reach many sustainability milestones in farming productions. Unfortunately, for landowners with many hectares under their belts, it becomes not only impossible but costly and inaccurate to make any type of assessment on a large scale.
With spatial resolutions getting closer to the square centimetre level, satellite imagery improves the entire industry’s spectrum raising new opportunities for remote sensing. Performing spectral light measurements and combining that information with others from traditional sampling methods (in lesser quantities) can produce real-time and highly accurate conditions for an entire land extension—something impossible with traditional soil sampling. A farm owner can have a 3D map of the actual status of every square foot of the property and efficiently manage production according to it.
That valuable info combined with other available technologies can learn accurate production estimates, calculate fertilizer applications, and mainly reduce the costly on-the-ground sampling methods.
Remote sensing is here to stay, and it will continue to shape the industry into new realms. The most important aspect is that taking advantage of these technologies is a win-win scenario for everyone, the producers, the end-consumers, and the planet.