Digitization has long since permeated many areas of agriculture and is changing the way farmers work. Many things are made easier and more efficient by digital technologies, but digitization also brings challenges.
For some it is already everyday life, for others new ground: digitisation in agriculture. New technologies offer a great variety of opportunities for animal husbandry, arable farming and grassland farming, but they entail also challenges and risks.
Telemetry systems, RTK correction signal and site-specific cultivation - if you start reading about the topic of digitised agriculture you will be confronted with many new terms, which will first be confusing. However, after a short explanation many of these terms will not be so incomprehensible and strange any more.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management is taking major steps towards digitisation in agriculture. By means of the cluster support “Digitisation in Agriculture” (“Digitalisierung in der Landwirtschaft”) the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management has set a new priority under the Austrian Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020
By means of digitisation a wide variety of new opportunities is created in arable farming and grassland farming, Machines can be connected to the internet and numerous data can be automatically collected and evaluated. In this way, areas can be managed more precisely, more efficiently and more environmentally benign.
Digital systems offer new opportunities in the field of animal husbandry. They give farmers the chance to collect various data automatically. As a result better insights about the animals and their surrounding can be gained and the work can be done faster or easier.