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Farming Lore 4.0

Fields and barns are going digital: Farming 4.0 is one of the unexpected trends at CeBIT. Two showcases demonstrate the potential.

18 Mar. 2015

IT has already been an integral part of agriculture for many years. And now, tractors, crop sensors and combines can also communicate with each other – allowing every process to be fine-tuned. A show-stopping example can be found in Hall 12, where agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS is showcasing an enormous, cutting-edge tractor. It incorporates a telemetry system that charts the work the tractor has carried out, enabling continuous optimization of the machine's settings. Farm management software uses meteorological data to help the farmer adjust his tasks to the weather. Crop sensors indicate the precise nitrogen requirements of individual plants – the amount of fertilizer is adjusted accordingly. This software is presented in partnership with CLAAS, GEA Farm Technologies, Amazone, and the young software company, 365FarmNet, from Berlin.

Farming 4.0 is also turning heads at the { "href" : "", "vLink" : false, "text" : "SAP booth in Hall 4", "target" : "", "tracking" : null , "vTrackingFooter" : null } . The exhibition features digital sensors which indicate how well the plants are doing, how much fertilizer they need, and when they are ready for harvest. All the information is nicely visualized and available to the farmer in real time. Connected farming is the future.