5 Technologies That Farmers Will Soon Depend On
As technology becomes a larger part of agriculture, what will be changing and which technologies will be integral to modern farming? We take a look:
Drones are becoming more affordable and more advanced by the month, with many companies starting up that cater specifically to agricultural markets. The above drone, for example, is able to scan chlorophyll levels of crops for wine growers.
Agricultural bots, or ‘AgBots’, are being used to automate processes around the farm.
The ladybird AgBot, which is currently only a prototype, moves around crops, detected and exterminates weeds and scans & stores images of crops. It’s able to count flowers and fruit as it passes them. It’s also entirely solar powered.
Telematics allow farmers to keep track of entire fleets of vehicles and machinery in real-time, keeping an eye on fuels levels, malfunction and wear.
Although modern machines are coming out with these functions built in, there are also ‘aftermarket’ solutions that allow farmers to adapt their existing resources.
4. RFID Technology.
RFID tech has long been employed when keeping track of livestock, but the technology is being advanced to other kinds of resources too.
A hay harvester has been developed that tags individual bales of hay, allowing you to keep track of when they were harvest, their moisture levels & their nutrition.
5. High Throughput Plant Phenotyping.
Advances in sensors and scanning technologies is allowing farmers to keep a closer eye on large numbers of plant phenotypes. This means that it becomes much more economical to selectively breed advantageous traits.
There are even companies that are working to create systems that monitor plants and use algorithms to select the best plants for breeding. This allows crops to be improved in a natural way with much more speed than ever before.
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Examples of great indoor riding arenas
We’ve built some excellent indoor riding arenas in our time – and we build a new one every 2 weeks.
We find that it’s helpful to have a look through some of our past projects if you’re deciding on what to build – or if you’re just interested.
Below are some good examples of great riding arenas.
This Ballarat indoor riding arena is a classic style and a classic colour. The open walls and the skylights let in a beautiful amount of light, making the space a pleasure to ride in.
Three sided arenas are a popular choice because they allow in light and breeze, but keep out colder weather.
A similar style, this indoor doesn’t have the skirting around the base. This costs slightly less but is just a pleasant to ride in once your inside the arena.
This project was built in Coonooer Bridge, Victoria.
A smaller option is to build an arena cover for half of your arena, as with this cover in Longlea, near Bendigo.
This allows you to train or perform in a smaller section of your arena under poor weather conditions.
This is a great option that opens up your space.
For larger projects, clients sometimes design equestrian complexes. The complex below, built in Mickleham, has an arena, stable and other facilities.
Stables that are directly attached to indoor arenas are excellent and functional.
This stunning building, in Goldie, Lancefield, shows the indoor arena from the stable area.
A great example of the power of a simple indoor arena. This silver-coloured indoor lets in light excellently and opens up a bright riding space.
This building is in Curlewis, Geelong.
Another cover-only, this cover extends over the entire riding arena. The results are much more open.
This cover will keep away the weather, but is also highly accessible for riders, their horses and their vehicles.
This cover is in Bald Hills, Hepburn.
Position is everything, as with this Swan Hill indoor. This client chose to build their indoor beside a row of trees.
The open side lets in the light, but the pine trees for a wind break.
Great landscaping can also improve the overall value of an indoor. This beautiful building has a rustic wooden fence and some tastefully placed plants that add a little something extra.
This indoor is in Redhill, on the Mornington Peninsula.
Curved arenas are available for those that want to make a bit more of an impression. The roof on this indoor really emphasises the size of the building, making the riding space seem huge.
This indoor is in Yellingbo, in the Yarra Ranges.
Another complex on the Mornington Peninsula, with more that just riding space; this project included a barn separate to the stable/indoor building.
Another riding arena cover, in Woodend, with jumps out the front.
An open-sided arena with lighting for night riding. This indoor is in Gruyere, in the Yarra Ranges.
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