In the past decade, agriculture has come a long way. Technology has been the reason that processes through the industry have been improved, and it’s this technological application that has revealed how much we now rely on it for things to function properly. Farm machinery, livestock handling facilities and even the way that we handle animal feed – each of these areas has been improved by technology. Your agriculture business may be a brand new one, but technology is going to propel it further into the future than you could have hoped. Let’s check out the ways that technology could help your agricultural business to improve:
Finance. Running a business in this industry takes a lot of paperwork – most of which is stressful and time-consuming. Accounting, banking and payroll software have, however, alleviated the pressure put upon business owners by simplifying the work right down. It’s also improved the way that we talk to financial institutions like banks and tax agencies.
Machinery. Whether you are considering frost prevention fans or tractors, each have been improved by the technology available now. Machinery that has been long used on farms has changed over the years, with automation being introduced to collect crops, sow seeds and water the area.
Management. Managing the numbers of livestock gives those who run an agricultural business many advantages. Some of the technology out there can monitor feeding programs, trading and monitor livestock movements. The new tech out there can streamline all of these processes and create the reports required to track the costs of everything. Livestock tracking has become simplified with electronic ear tags allowing us to track disease response, market access, reputation and identification.
Digital Marketing. It’s an important tool for those in agriculture, and software allows you to track your online activity effectively. You can manage your website and social media campaign activity with the right digital marketing developments and it’s useful for those who need to know how their sales are doing.
Remote Monitoring. There are a lot of agricultural businesses that span over a number of acres and this means that checking out the water points and stock monitoring are very time consuming. One of the ways that agricultural businesses are changing these things is with drones. They are becoming more popular with some businesses, as they can provide live information about the business back to the office. Some of the ways that drones can help include crop health monitoring, water point checking, stock feed bunk monitoring and site/paddock surveying.
WHS. Work, health and safety and human resource management are important pieces of a business for it to run smoothly. Technology has streamlined a lot of the processes that are involved including staffing inductions, policies and procedures and hazard and incident reporting.
These are only a few examples of the way that software and technology are available to improve your agricultural business. Choosing to implement some of these into your business is just good sense – so consider getting your research done.