4 Trends to Watch in the Next 5 Years

February 26, 2018 12:10 PM
 
Agriculture is constantly changing and evolving. With each new breakthrough comes new challenges and opportunities—watch these four trends as they could impact your operation in the future.

Agriculture is constantly changing and evolving. With each new breakthrough comes new challenges and opportunities—watch these four trends as they could impact your operation in the not-to-distant future.

“The future of agriculture is potentially bright,” says Adrian Percy, Bayer head of research and development in the crop science division. He shared his thoughts on trends to watch with AgWeb at the 13th annual Bayer AgVocacy forum in Anaheim California.

  1. First, watch for digital tools to hit the market faster and in greater numbers than you see even today. “Digital tools are hitting the market very quickly and a lot are readily available,” Percy says. “Drones are pretty well developed, the technological jump will be in the sensor or the camera that is integrated and turn that information into decision technology for farmers.”
  2. Plant breeding will accelerate faster as new, precise technology comes to market. “We talk about CRISPR a lot, but there are a number of different gene editing tools,” Percy says. “I see innovation in that area will continue.”
  3. There will be more research on the soil microbiome to learn how they interact with crops and how they can be harnessed for farmer benefit. “Products to enhance soil or work between the crop and the soil—an interaction that is important for nutrient and water uptake,” he says.
  4. A potential generational shift will change the way technology is used on the farm. As millennials and others take leadership positions on farms the way they used technology and their speed of adoption will likely be different than what you’re seeing now, Percy adds.

What changes do you expect to see on your farm? What changes are you already seeing? Let us know in the comments!

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Garrett
Kearney, NE
2/27/2018 09:22 AM
 

  There is a trend that was not mentioned and I feel that it is an important one, too. It is the organic market. Not sure why that wasn't mentioned but it certainly deserves to be discussed. However, with the upcoming Farm Bill, there is a good chance that the organic standards are going to be denigrated, thereby reducing the economic viability of the crop. Also, (it was touched on briefly but only to the extent of technology) there will be a huge transfer of land in the coming 5-15 years and with it new stewards/managers/owners and what type of agriculture they will be participating in.

 
 
C.K
bad axe, MI
2/27/2018 11:14 AM
 

  You guys better just worry about what your going to do with all this fiat US dollars that were printed that no one wants anymore around the world. If you can't get NAFTA renewed in the next month there is going to be a farm depression you failed to list that as a trend .

 
 
Andy
Cochranville , PA
2/27/2018 12:20 PM
 

  Most organics make no sense. I’m not saying this is you Garret but why do most of u blast conventional farming, farmers, and the USDA , while the government is the main oversight of gmo products coming on the market. One corn borer trait in corn can take up to 10 years plus for it to be approved by not only the company but government as well. And now u are worried about the Farm bill helping organics. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you was what I was always told

 
 

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