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International trends in technology for agriculture

Attending the International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) is a great way to keep abreast of developments in PA and some of the people behind them. SPAA sent its editor of Precision Ag News Emma leonard along. Here is what she had to say…

This year for the first time the ICPA ran concurrently with InfoAg. While the ICPA provides a window to the latest research on PA, InfoAg has more practical, political and industry presentations and a comprehensive trade show.

More details from these events will be published in Precision Ag News but here are a few overarching impressions.

Research into new tools and applications seems to have plateaued. Sensor integration, data collection from satellites and UAVs, systems for sharing big data and PA education were some of the areas where progress is occurring.

At InfoAg I was surprised that the only on-the-go sensor on display was a machine carrying pH, EC and soil carbon sensors from Veris. No weed or nitrogen sensors.

There were many new companies and brands offering data integration and decision support services. While some of these were smaller companies several included major players such as IBM, Iteris, Bosch and Verizon a major provider of wireless solutions.

In her closing address at InfoAg Lisa Prassack encouraged us all to capitalise on these new entrants to the PA space by working with them to understand the problems to which we want solutions. Come and hear more from Lisa at the 19th Precision Agriculture Symposium where she is the international keynote speaker.