A recent survey by AgTech Findings, conducted by The Yield Technology Solutions, has revealed a significant surge in the adoption of AI and data analysis solutions in the agricultural sector.
The survey, which included over 800 agricultural workers in the US, indicates a growing preference for AI over robotics as a key investment area.
The findings show that approximately 90% of the surveyed agricultural workers believe AI and data analytics will substantially alter their roles within the next five years. In comparison, only 54% plan to invest in on-farm robotics in the coming year. This trend may be attributed to the challenges over 90% of respondents face in enhancing their workflows with the current data available to them.
AI tools, particularly large language models (LLMs), are gaining traction for their ability to summarise extensive data and provide actionable advice based on that information. The survey also highlights that around 60% of agricultural businesses plan to increase their AgTech budgets within the next year, with a significant 90% expressing a need for data applications and platforms.
This shift towards data-driven agriculture is partly driven by the need to adapt to an increasingly unpredictable climate due to global warming. Climate change is a major concern for agricultural workers, with over 80% citing it as their top business worry.
The agricultural industry, heavily reliant on weather and climate, faces unique challenges compared to other sectors. AI’s ability to enhance understanding of weather patterns and the industry’s impact on the environment is seen as crucial for future sustainability and productivity in agriculture.