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The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced its mission on the future of food security and agriculture in 2007. This mission states that by 2050, a global population of 9.8 billion will demand 70% more food than what is currently consumed.

Agriculture consumes around 70% of global freshwater resources and increasing water scarcity fuels the demand for new innovative agricultural solutions.

If you are old enough to remember the science fiction stories of the seventies and eighties, you might recall pictures of self-driving cars and robots that serve humans. Those pictures were often captioned: “In the year 2000 …”. Throughout the ages, even as far back as the 1800’s, people have dreamed about the technological age that we find ourselves in today.

In recent years, the application of nuclear radiation in the agricultural sector has gained beneficial importance in optimising crop yields in terms of managing irrigation.

The profitability of maize production in the semi-arid regions of South Africa depends on the efficient use of limited rainfall. Maize profitability can vary widely due to the highly variable nature of rainfall, both in timing and quantity.

Precision farming is currently regarded as the most promising agronomic approach to improve sustainable crop production.

The increasing acceptance of precision farming as a mechanism to limit production risk and optimise profitability, while protecting the environment, has put enormous pressure on high-volume soil laboratories in the last decade. Sample turn-around times have become an important criterion for laboratories as producers depend on the results to make farming decisions.

Sucrose production in plants is one of the most fundamental steps of photosynthesis and a readily available source of energy for plant growth, maintenance and vitality. During the early 1800`s, Adolf Brix developed a quick method and scale, using refractometry, to measure sucrose levels for the wine and fermentation industries.

Precision farming is a concept that is seen in every magazine or publication nowadays and is defined and approached from every angle.

Predicting the future is a skill many farmers wish they could have.  After all, if one could predict the maize price six months from now or how much rain will fall within the next six weeks, one might find that farming would be infinitely easier.