Precision farming

Precision in insect farming: data flows and why you need a structured approach

Precision farming is the future of agriculture. An increasing number of farmers worldwide adopted precision farming systems for a more rational, efficient, and data-based approach to agricultural production. The technologies used in precision farming systems provide intelligent insights that producers can use to ensure more efficient and effective farm management practices.
Precision farming solutions help producers to boost profitability, reduce wastage, increase yields, ensure compliance and reduce the negative environmental impact of agriculture.

What is precision farming?

Precision farming – also known as precision agriculture – is a farming management system that focuses on data-based decision-making through technologies. Such an approach eliminates intuition, luck, and gut feeling from the planning and decision-making processes.
Modern technologies used in precision farming include GPS, control systems, sensors, robotics, autonomous vehicles, variable rate technology, sampling, automated hardware, telematics, and software. These facilitate gathering reliable data that allow farms to manage the variability of heterogeneous zones and to increase the harvest.
Precision farming, therefore, allows for more rational use of resources that benefits both farmers and the environment.

What are the benefits of precision farming?

Precision farming can have broad-reaching benefits on a global scale. Today, most experts agree that traditional farming practices are unsustainable and unreliable for the farmers and those who depend on produce for sustenance. In many regions, agriculture fails to yield adequate food to support projected population growth and provide a good living standard for farmers.
Precision farming provides a solution by enhancing the profitability and sustainability of agricultural production. This is made possible by the technologies involved with precision farming systems that allow farms to optimize the use of available resources.
Also, precision farming provides safer operating conditions and significantly reduces adverse environmental impacts.

Why is it worthwhile to apply precision in insect farming?

Insect farming provides opportunities for mass-scale production of quality protein sources for both feed and food. With the increasing urgency of agricultural sustainability, it is the ideal solution with less environmental impact than crop or animal production.
With sustainability at the heart of edible insect farming businesses, precision farming technologies are intrinsically compatible. Precision farming solutions benefit edible insect farms by providing the data and insights that ensure they are as eco-friendly, resource-efficient, and sustainable as possible. Precision farming can help insect farms achieve maximum yield and profitability most efficiently.

Is precision farming expensive?

Precision farming is not expensive because technologies are developed in a way that ensures farms benefit. In other words, the benefit outweighs the investment because the technologies are designed to bring value to the user. Cogastro is always innovating to ensure its system is simple to use and cost-effective. The technology assures at least 70% ROI.

What are the main types of data collected in insect farming?

Precision farming provides scope for numerous types of data to be collected. The data provides a comprehensive and accessible picture for the operation manager, biologist, sales team, and C-level management, which can be utilized to optimize production.

Precision farming technologies can be used to determine patterns in the environment and feeds, periodicity disease history, nutrients, planting depth, densities, sex ratio. Data is used to measure and quantify resources and inputs.

There are three main types of agriculture data in precision farming systems:

1. Static data – information collected as a snapshot (yield data, sampling tests).
2. Dynamic data – streamed information (collected every day or multiple times per day), for example, temperature, humidity, NH3, motion, sound, CO2, airflow.
3. Unstructured data – which includes data that cannot be coded (scouting notes and general field observations).

The technologies used to gather this data are many, varied and ever-increasing in scope and application. Technology is continually evolving and developing and so too are precision farming systems as they make use of new developments.

At Cogastro, we focus on insect farming and insect life cycle. Cogastro solutions utilise the different types of data gathering in a structured, consistent, and automated way.
Here is an example of the information you can capture and store with the help of Cogastro.
Data in insect farming

Advocating for excellence

As innovation in precision agriculture continues, an increasing number of farms are adopting available technology and practices. At Cogastro, we support producers with technology solutions, training, and IT expertise.
Our precision farming solutions utilize the latest technologies to capture, integrate and store useful and reliable data in a manner that’s easy to access and understand. We combine our knowledge of desirable outcomes with IT expertise to help our producers achieve their agriculture goals.
Here is an illustration of how the solution works.
Insect farming solution

What insights can you get from the collected data?

At Cogastro, we believe that all the information you gather should serve in achieving your primary goals. Our solution for insect farming will help you keep your insects healthy, remain compliant, and generate more revenue.
Here is an example of the dashboard you can build with Cogastro.

Insect farming dashboard