Farming is an essential industry, we would be lost without it, but that doesn’t mean that it should just stay as it is forever. In fact, farming has constantly evolved throughout history, adapting to new demands and incorporating new technology as it has appeared.
Today, farming faces some of the greatest challenges ever, with environmental impact being a particular factor that covers every stage of farming and ag distribution. From the need to reduce our reliance on chemical pesticides and herbicides to the way produce is distributed, the pressure on the farming industry to adapt to a less impactful approach to the environment grows almost daily. In general, people are far more aware of the need to sustain the natural world than they have ever been before, and that public pressure is driving the farming industry to look for new solutions.
One example of this can be seen in the distribution systems, where the announcement of Tesla’s new electric truck was greeted warmly by ag distributors, who recognize a way to lower their environmental impact in a very visible way using tech that, should it perform as expected, will have no impact on the way distribution works, and would also over time save a significant amount in running costs compared to traditional transport solutions.
For ag transport, potential electric trucks offer several advantages with no negatives, and represent a sound business investment, however it is important to remember that it is public pressure that stems from increased awareness of the dangers to the environment that are driving this. It is a similar story with other aspects, from the potential problems with certain herbicides and other chemicals both to the environment and the food chain.
Technology is also changing farming too, with new machines that use GPS guidance to ensure accurate soil preparation, drones that can scan for water table levels and even identify crop contamination as it happens, farmers have more tools than ever to ensure they maximize production, and these are tools that are within reach of even the smallest farms.
New machinery with increased capabilities is enabling famers to manage much larger areas of farmland without adding costs of increased staff, and that is helping the industry to maintain competitive costs, delivering food that everyone can afford.
From electric trucks to the most advanced harvester, machinery and trucking is at the core of farming and ag distribution today. With pressure from the public and the opportunities these new advanced machines offer, farming is adapting to the 21st century, and is supporting our need to provide sustainable food supplies not just today, but for all our futures.