Showing posts from tagged with: agribusiness technology

Fluid Injection Technology Integrates with Agribusiness

Posted December 20, 2018 by Administrator

Farmers are struggling to keep up with crop demands. While an ever-growing population compounds this issue, water is at the forefront of their list of concerns.Noticeable changes in climate have brought fewer rains, more drought, and a growing crop problem. As operational costs increase, farmers are running out of options to stay in business.

Technology has helped ease this burden somewhat in the past.Advancements in science and new inventions have allowed for farming that is more efficient. Some examples include drought-resistant plants, improved seed products that fight weeds, as well as seed developed to combat pest problems.However, even the hardiest of plants need some water.

To address this problem, a new start-up called Agri-Inject developed a liquid-injection technology. The start-up realizes farmers need environmentally friendly solutions to their water problem. At the heart of their invention is a liquid-injection irrigation system. The company claims it can reduce water and chemical requirements by utilizing sensors to collect data. This data would allow for variable-rate irrigation.

This technology could not come at a better time for farmers who already make use of irrigation systems. These farmers are contending with increasing regulations that limit the amount of water they can pull from wells every year. The technology can monitor soil type, crops, moisture input,sprinkler rate, and more. It can then take all of this data and determine how often and how many water injections the crops and soil need to guarantee full coverage.

As farmers contend with growing water problems,technological solutions have become more important than ever. This water injection technology may well be the solution to one of the biggest challenges facing the agribusiness industry. To learn more ways to protect and advance your agribusiness, contact Cline Wood.

How to Address Farming Labor Shortages with Technology

Posted August 20, 2018 by Administrator

Farming is a demanding job with often incongruous pay for the hours worked. A major contributor to that problem is an insufficient workforce. With many viewing farming as unskilled labor, it’s hard for farmers to attract and retain reliable laborers. As a result, they have to do more and more with limited resources. As farmers creep ever nearer to critical capacity for working hours, innovators are postulating a workable solution in the form of farming robots.

How Will Robots Help?

Automating tasks is not a new concept. Businesses in every industry are unloading their tedious tasks on machines to streamline their processes and free up the human workforce to focus on tasks that are more important. However, agribusinesses have a harder time translating automation into the field. Now, innovators are addressing this need with robots that can perform physical labor.

Even with pay increases, farmers can’t keep laborers in the field to pick fruits, vegetables, etc. Wages range from $11.50 up to $20 an hour, but this still isn’t enough to attract a stable workforce. As a result, farmers are turning to technology to help bridge the gap between consumer demands and their physical labor limitations. In Florida, a startup company developed a robot that can pick strawberries at the same rates as 30 laborers. It can pick a single plant clean in eight seconds and cover eight acres in one day.

Other Potential Uses for Agriculture Technology

Simple labor is just the beginning of robotics technology in farming. Innovators have big plans to automate harvesting, processing, packaging, and handling grocery logistics. The technology has progressed to the point where a robotic arm has the same dexterity as a human hand. This allows the machine to handle soft foods like tomatoes and grapes without damaging them.

Robotics is poised to disrupt the farming industry; however, the intent is to save farmers time while reducing costs. If your farm is struggling with burgeoning expenses, Cline Wood can help. With years of industry experience, we know the risks involved in managing a farm as well as how to mitigate them. Contact us to learn more about reducing your risk to improve your bottom line.

This document is not intended to be taken as advice regarding any individual situation and should not be relied upon as such. Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC shall have no obligation to update this publication and shall have no liability to you or any other party arising out of this publication or any matter contained herein. Any statements concerning actuarial, tax, accounting or legal matters are based solely on our experience as consultants and are not to be relied upon as actuarial, accounting, tax or legal advice, for which you should consult your own professional advisors. Any modeling analytics or projections are subject to inherent uncertainty and the analysis could be materially affective if any underlying assumptions, conditions, information or factors are inaccurate or incomplete or should change.

6 Ways Connected Farm Technology Benefits Modern Agribusiness

Posted November 17, 2017 by Administrator

Today’s agribusiness operations are flourishing. Modern farms tend to be much larger than farms were even a decade ago. Larger farms mean an increase in the number of tractors and other equipment that is needed to keep agricultural businesses functioning efficiently. This creates a logistics challenge for farmers. In order to meet this challenge, connected fleet technology is evolving to improve coordination and management of agribusiness operations both large and small.

Here are 6 ways connected fleet technology is helping farmers who oversee a farming fleet streamline their operations.

  1. Optimization of assets

When farming equipment is in use, the manager needs to coordinate what’s happening in the field. The manager needs to know where each operator and equipment is located in order to coordinate and increase efficiency.

In addition to coordination benefits, real-time data makes it easy for operators to make adjustments while in the field. For example, if an operator realizes that the default planting speed of a tractor is too slow, the operator and farming manager would receive notifications. The manager could then contact the driver (or vice versa) to increase the rate of planting. These types of alerts are now available due to sensors that track everything from fuel levels, engine temperature, driver behavior and maintenance schedules. This type of monitoring and notification system helps ensure that the agribusiness is meeting its goals.

  1. Better data means better planning

Connected agribusiness fleets are able to provide fleet managers with historic data that is drastically improving strategic planning. Historic data can be used to optimize harvesting logistics and help predict maintenance needs on equipment. This allows the owner to better utilize slow periods during the farming cycle.

Data from connected fleet farming management systems are helping farmers make informed decisions about when and what type of vehicle replacements are needed. Data related to fuel use, efficiency and maintenance needs helps managers plan effectively for equipment purchases, which reduces down time when vehicles break down.

  1. Field monitoring improves harvest

Fleet managers are able to make better decisions with real-time monitoring of field activities, which in turn improves harvest yields. Connected fleet management technology now allows remote viewing of each tractor, enabling the fleet manager to compare efficiency and trouble shoot problems. The fleet manager can communicate quickly and easily with the operator, ensuring the entire fleet is operating at peak levels. These types of in-the-moment adjustments can have a dramatic effect on harvest outcomes.

  1. Proper recordkeeping

Proper documentation is required for hours-of-service compliance as well as employee hours worked and insurance purposes. Connected fleet technology makes record documentation automatic and accurate. For example, electronic logging for livestock hauling is now required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Whether for compliance purposes or for internal recording and decision making purposes, fleet management systems will streamline these important documentation activities.

  1. Coordination of equipment sharing programs

Today’s farms are growing and specialized equipment needed to operate can be costly. Many farms time-share expensive equipment and other moveable assets. Equipment sharing programs allow multiple farms to share valuable equipment. Connected fleet management systems make it easier to manage these types of equipment sharing programs. Clocking hours and billing is streamlined when connected technology is used.

  1. Geofencing for increased security

Vehicle theft and unauthorized vehicle use is always a risk when it comes to expensive mobile assets. High-value agribusinesses are a target for thieves. Connected fleet technology uses geofencing to alert the owner when a vehicle is moved from a pre-determined area, giving farmers the opportunity to leave equipment in remote locations, reducing the time it takes to move and engage the equipment. Geofencing means the owner can rest assured he will be notified if the vehicle is moved or tampered with.

If you own a farm or are a farming operation fleet manager, you know the logistical challenges large operations pose. With the right connected technology solution, you can easily track the performance of your fleet, know the location of each piece of machinery, plan for maintenance and make wise decisions when it comes to replacement.

Cline Wood is more than just an insurance agency. We tailor insurance and risk products and services that improve your bottom line. As a Cline Wood client, we care about your farming operation; you can depend on the knowledge and experience of Cline Wood to help analyze and solve your needs. To learn more about how Cline Wood can help your agribusiness, click here.

This document is not intended to be taken as advice regarding any individual situation and should not be relied upon as such. Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC shall have no obligation to update this publication and shall have no liability to you or any other party arising out of this publication or any matter contained herein. Any statements concerning actuarial, tax, accounting or legal matters are based solely on our experience as consultants and are not to be relied upon as actuarial, accounting, tax or legal advice, for which you should consult your own professional advisors. Any modeling analytics or projections are subject to inherent uncertainty and the analysis could be materially affective if any underlying assumptions, conditions, information or factors are inaccurate or incomplete or should change.

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