Vertical farming is a practice where you grow crops on top of each other using shelves, walls, and other objects to stack them on top of each other.
The method is a relatively new practice, but it may very well be the future for sustainable farming methods in areas that are populated. The main positive is that it saves space because you do not need hundreds of acres of land to grow a lot of crops. This means that you can have farms in a city because it is easy to get space to go up, but not horizontally.
The practice is becoming popular around the world in major cities and countries that do not have large rural areas.
There are even companies that are developing a vertical farming system that will use software to make vertical farming more monitored and analytical to get the most bang for your buck. Technology is changing this new method by the minute, and here are some ways.
One major way that technology is improving vertical farming and making it more effective is smart lighting. The use of smart lighting is vital for farmers because they can use optimal lighting and lighting time to make crops grow at a maximum rate.
The lighting can be set up for different crops and by using data stored in the system you could eventually set up a perfect and self-sufficient lighting system for growing crops.
Other ways that vertical farming has been improved is from using data to make the weather perfect and for optimal crop growth. The machine learning could end up being totally automated and you would not have to do anything as a vertical farmer because they have it all figured out.
In the old days, farmers did not really use data visualization. They used the eye-ball test and other methods that could not be super accurate. But there is technology and software’s out there that can actually put all of the information in a readable chart.
Why does that mean anything? Well, now farmers can actually analyze real information and data to make better decisions for next year and the next harvest. Vertical farming is proving to be more successful than out in a field because they are using systems and processes that are backed by data.
Data visualization and making most decisions based on actual info that you are given is incredible because you can actually measure real results instead of an eye-ball test.
I could go on and on with other ways that technology and software are going to be revolutionary for the vertical farming industry, but we would be here for a while. It will be exciting to watch how much everything changes going forward in the vertical farming niche.
Who knows what else will come out in the next 10-20 years with vertical farming? It may even put traditional agriculture in rural areas out of style because it is not backed by technology.