A glimpse of the future

May 6, 2013

A glimpse of the future

With today’s state of ag equipment, technology and existing seeds, crop production can be increased in existing areas by 50 percent or even doubled. On top of that the cost of crop production of such yield in existing borders can be reduced by 10 to 20 percent.

I feel your doubts. That’s why I invite you to take a glimpse at the future, discuss how we can reach these goals, and what might be preventing us from doing so.

In previous blogs, I have mentioned three existing issues:

  • Real yield is far below the biological potential of any crop.
  • The use of farm equipment in the U.S. in most cases is very inefficient.
  • The key issue – the knowledge required to improve yield and efficiency is growing, but often not integrated into a farming operation – and sometimes difficult to find.

Let’s Share the Knowledge!

What will we see in the future? We start as always looking at the whole Farming System.

The major components of the Farming System are the technologies of crop or animal production, machinery placed on the land and managed by the farmer, and supporting services interconnected with each other.


Communications will be quicker, more reliable, higher coverage density, have more security for data transfer, include cloud computing, use more mobile devices for support, etc.


The communication between machines, machine-to-remote user, and machine-to-office will be significantly improved and become user-friendly. All field applications like guidance and VRT will be more precise and reliable.

Tractors, self-propelled equipment and implement will be equipped with ISOBUS. It will enable interoperability between different manufacturers of ECUs at any point in time and provide important features for the users:

•           Manufacturer-spanning interoperability between implement and tractor.

•           Use of a single input/output terminal (virtual terminal) for all implements.

So, look for the term ISOBUS-complaint when buying new equipment.

The competition among companies will be on the level of technologies providing more efficient equipment usage (automation, remote control, reliability, and diagnostics).

Irrigation equipment and technologies will become more efficient with remote monitoring and control.

Drones and remote sensing

We will see more drones in the sky. Their creators are fearlessly fighting for air space and rights to fly. Remote sensing, monitoring and usage of drones will become more affordable and wide-spread for more applications. You will see the presentation about their applications during our event.


There is a growing understanding of the necessity to support crop growing technologies with a more integrated knowledge base.

For example, Monsanto is working on Integrated Farming Systems. Syngenta has AgriEdge. Land O’Lakes has WinField Solutions. These are some of the developments you will see.

Seed producing companies will have more detailed data and technology descriptions. The competition among companies will be on the level of technologies providing sustainably higher yield.

New means of transportation

We see in near future more hybrid aircraft. The U.S. Department of Commerce is recognizing this technology as qualifying for commerce corridor funding. The implementation of the hybrid aircraft contributes also directly and broadly to the missions of both USAID and to the United Nations World Food Program.


New renewable energy sources like solar, wind and biogas will find more applications and usage in rural areas.

Custom crop production will grow.

Knowledge Integration

In order to accelerate all these developments we need to increase Knowledge Sharing and Integration, create better, more detailed market data, and have better data bases for everything involved in agriculture.

Our presenters will show you how to increase ROI integrating the existing knowledge and what will be possible in near future.

We believe that derivatives of Knowledge Sharing will be:

  • Self-learning program for crop growing recommendations.

-          Programs of applications of all nutrients inputs.

  • National and worldwide demand for agriculture inputs.
  • National and world-wide logistics programs for inputs and harvested yield delivery.
  • Equipment service programs.
  • Equipment and parts planning programs.
  • National and worldwide ag work and crop growing monitoring.
  • Independent recommendations for best practices and seeds for participating areas.
  • The possibility to arrange service franchises.



Let’s discuss what should we do and how.

Posted by Andrey Skotnikov at 11:23pm

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