Digital Technologies in Agriculture

Government, researchers, industry and many farmers recognize the enormous potential of digital technologies to transform agriculture to improve productivity. In combination with advances in biological technology, materials science and seasonal climate forecasting, the digital revolution provides new opportunities at every stage from production management, harvesting, marketing, delivery and end use.

Advances in digital technology enables practical innovations such as:

  • automated ground and aerial vehicles (driver-less tractors)
  • intelligent software and data analytics for crops (automatic irrigation systems)
  • automated milking, herding and sampling in the dairy industry
  • photographic or video monitoring of water troughs, feeders and tanks and the conditions of livestock with direct feed back to the home computer
  • GPS monitoring of livestock and pest or disease outbreaks
  • collection of GPS data for farm planning
  • remote control of gates and electric fences
  • sensors for early detection of stress, drought, weeds, pests and diseases
  • sensors and outputs for dam levels and water flows
  • streaming, collection and collation of data relating to climate soils, water and biodiversity





    1. Interesting article – thanks for sharing Aaron. I am doing research for our application for the Digital Literacy School Grants based around our Makerspace for Agricultural Technology in the Community of Hawkesdale (MATCH) project. Hoping we are more successful in the second round.


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