History of Farming: What Farming Was like 10 000 Years Ago

History of Farming: What Farming Was like 10 000 Years Ago

What makes a civilization last?

Adaptation. Farmers have always been innovators, and necessarily so. For our societies to grow and thrive, farming needs to adapt to change. In this blog series, we will give a glimpse into some of the most important creations up until today, that allows us to sustain a population of over 7.6 billion people.

The History of Farming

Let us start at the beginning. The time is 10.000 B.C.E, and we find ourselves in the so-called Fertile Crescent, stretching across today’s Middle East. Among the rich soil and marches that covered the area, one of the most important inventions that our modern society still depends on is made. It is during this Neolithic Period that humans transitioned from hunter-gatherers to becoming farmers. We began to domesticate plants.

Plant Domestication

What distinguishes ancient and modern crops?

Our modern crops would considerably stand out among the markets of ancient Persepolis, at first sight due to their size. Plant domestication first began to make harvesting easier. Taking the first wheat as an example, the ripe grains easily scatter with the wind and fall to the ground. This makes the harvest and collecting of grains a labor-intensive process. To make harvesting more manageable, we started to select wheat plants whose grains remain attached to the stem, even when ripe. 

Through this selective cultivation, our crops have grown larger and produce a steadily increasing harvest. This process of selecting plants with desirable traits allows us to raise such a significant quantity of food today. However, not only the size of the crops increased. Through the same selection process, we have produced crops with higher nutritional values than their historic wild counterparts. The wheat, corn, and rice we grow today can make up 40% of our daily calorie intake.

Irrigation Systems and The Plow

Plants need water and the right soil conditions to thrive. Once we had begun to cultivate plans, we started to optimize. Though the landscape of the Fertile Crescent has changed dramatically since the first humans settled there, the intense heat famous for the region today was already present then. To make the most of the land and growing season, around 5.000 B.C.E we began to make use of the natural flooding of floods and waterways to irrigate our crops. The most famous example of this is the Nile. With reliable annual flooding, the farmers of ancient Egypt build waterways to direct the overflowing water out to their fields. Without such an irrigation system, they would not have been able to grow and support the empire that Egypt was soon to become. 

Preparing the soil for a new harvest is a crucial step to ensure proper crop growth and a large harvest. The reason for this lies in the nutrition, and soil health that enables plants to grow. To bring new nutrient-rich soil to the surface for the new seeds to grow, the ancient Sumerians invented the plow. Though initially operated by humans, before it was attached to horses and cattle, it made the everyday fieldwork of farmers across the region much easier. 

Though the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians contributed with great inventions still used today, their once great empires are no longer around. This highlights the importance of adaptation. A rapidly changing climate has played a decisive role in the collapse of many once-great civilizations, including Egypt. The extreme droughts and changing of the previous reliable natural cycles (flooding of the Nile) made the once fertile land uninhabitable. Though the problems farmers around the world faced thousands of years ago may still be on our minds, today, we are equipped to handle them. We can adapt much faster and combat extreme weather conditions such as drought, thanks to modern technology enabling precision agriculture. 

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Partnership with Don State Technical University

Partnership with Don State Technical University

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Don State Technical University, based in Rostov-on-Don in Russia. The university is one of the leaders in innovations of the agricultural sector. They too believe precision farming tools as one of the key drivers to the effectiveness and sustainability of agricultural business today as well as the future.

Together we set out to develop an IT platform for Russian agricultural businesses that automates their production management and provides access to precision farming tools such as:

  • Soil fertility analysis based on soil organic carbon and field zoning
  • Soil productivity maps and yield forecasting based on historical field data analysis
  • Nitrogen prescriptions (crop specific)
  • Plant health monitoring (crop specific either)
  • Water Stress analysis and irrigation maps

We look forward to our work together and see beneficial prospects of optimization of everyday work for Russian farmers.

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Vultus launches v 3.0.0

Vultus launches v 3.0.0

We are constantly working on improvements for our products and services based on the feedback from our Clients & Partners and here we are proud to announce the v 3.0.0 release of VultusApp. We have carefully analyzed the user experience and functionality needs, therefore we present you the latest changes to the App:

Tutorial

We have replaced the tutorial walkthrough with specific help buttons throughout the interface. That way you can easily receive specific information about any section of the interface. This also means that the walkthrough button will no longer be available in the Account Menu tab.

New options

  1. We have added Water Stress and Zoning to the list of available services.
  2. Likewise, there is now an opportunity to ad what crop you grew in the previous years on the specific field. After you have added your field (just like before) do the following:

Select the icon to edit the field > “Crop Types By Years” > Choose date interval > Choose the crop type > “Add” > “Save” > Done!

  1. Want to change the borders of your field after you have already added it? No problem with the new “Change Polygon” button.

Select the icon to edit the field > “Change Polygon” > Modify the boarders of the field as needed > “Save” > Done!

Free Users

We have made the following updates to the free user subscription

  • All users have access to all services
  • The free user date limit to 365 days
  • The maximum field size that can be added is 1000 hectares
  • The maximum hectares for the free subscription is 5000 per user/farm

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SVT Nyheter Interviewed our CEO about Satellite Data in Irrigation

SVT Nyheter Interviewed our CEO about Satellite Data in Irrigation

Vultus in SVT Nyheter!
Our CEO Robert Schmitt and farmer Gustaf Ramel were interviewed by SVT. Listen to our CEO talk about the use of satellites to monitor the water levels in the fields.

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Forbes Interviewed our CEO about Satellite Data in Farming

Forbes Interviewed our CEO about Satellite Data in Farming

Vultus in Forbes!

Our CEO Robert Schmitt was interviewed by Forbes about the use of satellite data in agriculture.

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Al Jazeera Interviewed our CEO about Changes in Farming

Al Jazeera Interviewed our CEO about Changes in Farming

Vultus in Al Jazeera!
Another interview with our CEO Robert Schmitt and Lars Tuvesson from Lantmännen shows how farming has drastically changed.

Learn more about what modern farming technology can do to improve yields, while having a positive impact on the environment.

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What is precision agriculture and why we need more of it?

What is precision agriculture and why we need more of it?

Many farmers around the world benefit significantly from adopting precision agriculture practices. The main benefits of it involve reduced costs and environmental harm, as well as the ability to produce much healthier crops. Let’s dive deeper into these issues and discuss what precision agriculture actually is and how it helps farmers optimize their production processes.

So what exactly does precision agriculture entail?

Precision agriculture or precision farming is a modern agriculture trend, which allows farmers to fertilize their crops with a much greater accuracy and, in turn, optimize the crops production. The processes of precision farming involve sophisticated technologies, like satellite systems, that analyze the fields and give farmers exact recommendations of how much fertilizers they need to use for the specific plants.

Significant benefits of precision farming

1.) Precision Farming Increases Plant Health

Simply put, farmers who use precision agriculture technologies can provide a much better care for their fields at a smallest possible scale. The satellite systems divide fields into smaller units, analyze them individually, and provide farmers with detailed plant health analysis, which helps them understand the varied conditions within their fields. The technology also gives farmers exact recommendations of how to fertilize their crops in a most efficient way. This, in turn, allows them to produce much healthier plants that eventually becomes our food.

2.) Precision Farming Increases Fertility of Our Soils

Precision agriculture equipment takes great care not only of the plants but also protects our soils, rivers and, lakes. Currently, about 60% of nitrogen fertilizers, which is the most common fertilizer in the world, go to waste. This happens, because without precision agriculture tools farmers spread their fertilizers rather blindly – they do it evenly across the field. This results in the over-fertilization of our soils, which negatively affects its quality and fertility. A significant amount of unused nitrogen also leaches out into our lakes and rivers, causing them a major harm as well.

Precision farming equipment can prevent all these issues by enabling farmers to use just a right amount of nitrogen and stop the over-fertilization of their fields.

3.) Precision Farming Is Much Cheaper

Numerous farmers around the world have noticed reduced costs after they have started applying precision agriculture technologies to their crops production. Up-to-date satellite nitrogen recommendations save up to 40% of the fertilizers usage, which accounts for a major proportion of the farmers’ variable costs. For a medium-sized farmer, who works in a field of 250 hectares, precision farming would save around 15 thousand euros per year – the money that can definitely be put to a better use.

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Vultus Listed Among the 33 Best Nordic Tech Startups

Vultus Listed Among the 33 Best Nordic Tech Startups

We are proud to be listed among the top 33 Swedish technology companies, for the second year in a row!

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Smart Fertilizer and Vultus Partnership Announcement

Smart Fertilizer and Vultus Partnership Announcement

More good news to share!

Smart Fertilizer Software and Vultus join forces to empower farmers in the UK market and around the world and help them succeed.

Together, we leverage cutting edge farming technologies to

  • Reduce fertilization costs up to 30%
  • Increase yields up to 40%
  • Assess field conditions and crop needs
  • Deliver fully comprehensive smart fertilization plans
  • Minimize environmental pollution due to over fertilization
  • Help farmers to follow state nitrogen regulations

Read more about Smart Fertilizer Software.

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UP42 and Vultus Partnership Announcement

UP42 and Vultus Partnership Announcement

Partnership announcement!

UP42 and Vultus work together to revolutionize agricultural workflows. By combining Up42’s on-demand data and infrastructure with Vultus’ remote sensing technology and research, farmers have access to Fertilization Zoning Maps that show them the exact amounts of fertilizer different areas in their fields require.

How does it work?
Vultus uses satellite data, spectral and spatial analysis to measure the intra-field variations of the crops. These are then compared with the average fertilizer dosage applied to the field provided by the farmer and historical data to give a variable-rate nitrogen application recommendation.
The farmers get an image of their fields with clear fertilization zoning that represent the varying fertilization needs that each area requires. The recommendations can be directly downloaded to ISOBUS enabled tractors or as a manual application guidance.

Benefits:

  • Reduces fertilizer costs by 1/3 and increases yields between 3-5%.
  • Detects both low & high performing areas, and helps as a guide to understand intra-field variability over time.
  • Decreases environmental harm, greenhouse gas emissions and stays ahead of increasingly tough legislation for agriculture.

Check the new algorithms on UP42‘s website!

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