Farmers Review Africa Sep/Oct 2017

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Supplement GIS and Remote Sensing in Agriculture

4. ArcGIS technology solutions.

industry to manage resources, increase yields,


Discover why Agricultural Farmers are using

reduce input costs, predict outcomes, improve

Go into your elds to take detailed observations

Geospatial technologies as a Farming

business practices, and more. e capability of

that can re ne crop forecasts and planning.

GIS to visualize agricultural environments and Management Tool

work ows has proved to be very bene cial to


Farm Management poses numerous challenges

those involved in farming. e powerful

Track extreme weather events and man-made

in an ever-changing environment. To maximize

analytical capabilities of the technology is used

disruptions. Assemble the information you need

pro ts and optimize yield, you need to dedicate

to examine farm conditions and measure and

to respond at a moment's notice. With Esri

the right crops and equipment to the places

monitor the effects of farm management

technology, you can monitor the health of

where they can ourish.


individual crops in your elds and spatially analyse the differences in soil types, sunlight,

Due to rapidly enhanced sensor technologies,

From collecting data in the eld with mobile GIS

and slope to name a few. e tool can accurately

more powerful computers and improvements in

to the analysis of remote-sensing data at the

estimate variable yields across any eld and

spatial applications, Geographic Information

farm manager's office, GIS is playing an

maximize crop production, through vegetation

Systems (GIS) is becoming the platform of choice

increasing role in agriculture production

health monitoring and comparing crop yields.

for combining and analysing huge streams of

throughout the world by helping farmers

data. e ability to analyse those data streams

expand production, reduce costs, and manage

and display results visually on maps has

their land more efficiently.


Factor in every variable that affects your



Go into your

Bene ts of using Spatial Technology

engendered several new applications across various elds.

crop and nd the best places to plant elds to take detailed

Visualize your data and perform spatial

observations that can re ne crop

Boost your seasonal production and your

analysis that can help you better understand

forecasts and planning

pro tability by intelligently assigning your

risks to operations. Model what-if scenarios to

resources. With intelligent maps and spatial

better understand the potential impacts of

to better understand them and get a

analysis, you can optimize your operations and

threats from both pests and the climate

clear picture of your operations

logistics to cut your fertilizer, fuel, seed, labour, and transpor tation costs. Avoid costly


· Analyze

Map individual variations in your elds

Un d e r s t a n d i n s e c t a n d a n i m a l behaviour. Plan and assess measures to

maintenance repairs by tracking and managing

Determine how much water is available in a

mitigate the impact of pests on your

your assets to keep your farm operating at peak

speci ed area, what yield you can expect from



the water that is available for crops, and how


efficiently water is used. is will enable

Track extreme weather events and man-made disruptions. Assemble the

G e o g r aph i c i n for mat i on s y ste m ( G I S )

farmers to produce more food in a sustainable

information you need to respond at a

technology is used throughout the agricultural


moment's notice ·

Combine live weather information with pest and crop data into a common view to get the complete picture


Determine the best location to plant a crop to enable maintenance of soil nutrition levels to best bene t the crop

e adoption of spatial technology to manage farm processes will create new opportunities and increase pro ts. e time is now to Take the guesswork out of agricultural production and manage land more efficiently with ArcGIS technology solutions.

September - October 2017