How cloud technology can help farmers

Building productive farms with cloud-based solutions

8 months ago   •   1 min read

By Angelique Tzanakakis


Humans have relied on farming for thousands of years. In modern times, farms are our main source of food. There are many factors that come into play when running a successful farm. Many of these factors rely on some sort of data collection - for example, soil analysis, weather patterns, and data related to crop protection.

Climate change has proven to be a challenge for farmers and those working in the agricultural industry. As such, it is not surprising that the adoption of new technologies is increasing in popularity. These technologies allow for the collection of reliable data that assists in the evidence-driven decision making processes.  

An example of this is cloud computing, a valuable tool for scientists and farmers alike. Cloud computing allows you to collect and analyse data from various sources such as sensors, images and weather centres (detailed in the image below). This will help you to better understand your crops which will lead to better decision making.

In 2020, one of our data engineers, Hardus Swanepoel, spoke at length about the many benefits of Google Cloud services at an expo. Swanepoel presents the benefits of Google Cloud services which include the scalability and flexibility of the service. Another benefit is that the analyses can be presented in an app which you can access with any device. This allows you to get the information that is most important to your needs when and where you want it.

Image 1: Slide from Swanepoel’s presentation on the benefits of implementing Google Cloud on farms

If you are interested in how you can better leverage your data and make better decisions, feel free to contact us to speak to one of our experts.

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