A wide variety of farming systems occur in different agroecological zones of the world and focus on the production of dairy and crops. The advance of information and communication technology (ICT) is causing fundamental and rapid change to farming enterprises all over the world, although most developments have occurred thus far in industrialized, developed countries. The introduction of ICT is most clearly evident in dairy farming (for a good overview of recent developments see e.g., Endres 2013). Sensors for individual cows allow fine-tuning of feeding patterns as a function of milk production and also allow early detection of infections. Milk robots focus on production patterns of individual cows and allow milking at different times during the day. For each individual animal, variation as a function of time governs the monitoring process. ICT is fundamentally changing dairy farming and new technology is being rapidly accepted by dairy farmers despite significant initial investments because feeding costs are significantly reduced, cows are healthier, and the drudgery of having to milk cows twice a day becomes part of history. Most important, however, is that farmers’ net incomes tend to increase substantially.
|Title of host publication||Soil-Specific Farming|
|Subtitle of host publication||Precision Agriculture|
|Editors||Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart|
|Place of Publication||Boca Raton|
|Number of pages||36|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|