Farmers in the East are Pioneers in Digitization
How are German farmers preparing for the future? Precision farming is a hot topic: Intelligent technologies can help farmers to increase yields. But is practice as far advanced as industry? The Kleffmann Group has currently surveyed 600 farmers in Germany on their investment behavior in techniques for site-specific cultivation.
To date, around 20% of respondents have invested in site-specific management. This shows that the clear majority of farmers have are not yet following the trend of precision farming in arable farming.
But a slow change is foreseeable. Approximately one third of the farmers participating in the current study say they intend to invest in Precision Farming in the coming years. A regional focus is clearly discernible, as just under half of the farmers are willing to invest in Precision Farming in Eastern Germany. If the first step is taken and intelligent solutions are already being used, 76% of farmers can imagine a new investment, while the interest in a first-time investment in precision farming is rather low.
Techniques for the targeted use of fertilizers and pesticides are very popular. Here an investment would be conceivable for a good 20% of the respondents in each case. Of particular interest to farmers are precision farming technologies for GPS positioning, section control, part site-specific management, automatic steering systems and data recording options. More than 20% of the farmers surveyed could imagine investing in one of these top 5 technologies. On the other hand, techniques for sub-area irrigation are not interesting for most of the farmers surveyed. However, this can be explained by site- and culture-specific characteristics, since irrigation is not necessary in all regions and cultures.
At the beginning of 2018, the Kleffmann Group discovered further important findings on the use of digital solutions in the "Smart Farming Tracker" study. About two thirds of the 800 farmers surveyed at the time stated that they recorded their field record and application quantities of fertilizers and pesticides by hand. Almost 60% of the participating farmers do not record the machine times. The reasons for this are that for many respondents the necessary retrofitting technologies are too expensive or they do not see their advantages. Accordingly, new technologies can only be used properly if the necessary local infrastructure is in place and farmers are convinced of the technologies.
Sandra Lefting, Key Account Manager
Nadine Nienhaus, Key Account Manager
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