Big data and vertical farming have a lot more in common; these technologies aim to enhance food production from Australia’s agriculture industry.
In Sydney, university researchers are finding a way of using big data analytics to boost the level of harvest from farms. At the same time, some farmers in Queensland have turned to vertical farming in producing green leafy crops.
Whether it is big data or vertical agriculture, an increased level of production would call for more storage solutions. Fabric and industrial structures have been a good alternative for farmers, especially since protecting crops is important in drought-affected regions.
University of Sydney researchers plan to use precision farming as leverage for better soil, fertiliser and water management. The agriculture industry accounts for 56 percent of Australia’s land mass, which means that there is an abundant source of information for harvesting big data.
The research groups also intend to look into improving sustainable practices in farming, given that the sector has a significant environmental footprint.
The drought has been a perennial challenge for farmers in the country, and this led some people to develop a way of producing green crops. A vertical farming system near Yandina on the Sunshine Coast emerged as the solution, although it is an expensive one at around $1.2 million.
Each three-layer system is equipped with full automation technology. Vertical farming only takes around 28 days from planting seeds to harvesting crops. The developers plan to export the system to countries where better food production is needed the most.
In the meantime, they have been selling crops right from their doorstep.
Farming technology has become more diverse and innovative as each year passes, yet the need for storage remains the same. When planning to increase your level of farm production, it is also important to focus on improving your storage capacity.