Inventive Farming Techniques for the Future
Are you interested in homesteading and learning how to create and run a farm? Or maybe you already have a farm but you’d like to discover ways to run it more efficiently. Whatever situation you may currently be in, there’s no denying that improving your farming skills is one of the best ways to spend your time.
No one knows what the future holds, but if things continue down the path they’re on, it’s a good possibility that your future life and health may depend on your ability to grow and raise your own food. Here are some of the inventing farming techniques for the future that might make this task easier for you and other farmers.
indoor vertical farming
Though indoor vertical farming isn’t exactly new, it is becoming a more commonplace trend in the farming industry. There are a variety of benefits associated with indoor vertical farming, including:
Better use of limited space
Increased crop yields
Decreased water usage
Vertical farms use up to 70% less water than other, more traditional farms. Yet, they frequently yield a greater harvest. Indoor vertical farming is done by using stacked shelves (mounted vertically) to grow produce in a small area. The entire garden is indoors so the environment can be carefully controlled. Artificial grow lights are often used when sufficient natural sunlight can’t be obtained. This type of garden thrives quite well in limited spaces, so it’s a great solution for smaller farms.
For years, bee populations have been in decline. This is a troubling trend for the farming industry because bees are necessary for plant pollination and growth. To help make up for the problem of the disappearing bees, the agricultural industry is experimenting with drone pollination. While the experiment is still fairly new, it’s possible that in the future, drones could be used to supplement pollination when bee populations are insufficient.
In addition to pollination, drones could also be used in the future to harvest crops automatically, check the health of crops at a glance, and even deliver produce and other farmed products directly to paying customers.
Advances in artificial intelligence and automation have already made it possible for cars to drive themselves. So it’s not surprising that we will likely soon see self-driving tractors and other farm equipment. The technology already exists, but it hasn’t been implemented on a large scale (yet). Automated farm vehicles can make it much easier for farmers to get all of their tasks done and could help them take on bigger farming tasks than they would otherwise be able to handle by themselves.
It may be possible in the future to “edit” cow microbiomes to control how large they get and reduce the amount of methane they produce. While there will likely be some debate as to the efficacy and long-term safety of such genetic manipulations, it is most likely something we will see emerge in the future as a way to make the meat industry more profitable.
In addition to genetic manipulation of livestock, scientists have also begun studying ways to engineer crops so that they require less water to grow. It’s important to take these changes with a very large grain of salt because it’s possible that they could end up causing more problems than they solve.
As hesitant as some may be about the ways technology is changing farming, it’s virtually impossible to stop progress. While you don’t have to use some or any of these methods in your future farming applications, you may decide that some farming innovations can help make your processes more efficient and your crop yields more plentiful.
Do you know of any other ways farming is on track to change significantly in the future? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!