Drones, robots, and super sperm – the future of farming | DW Documentary (Farming documentary)

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The future of farming: Driverless tractors, drones and robots. How is the agriculture industry changing as digital technology develops?

Unmanned tractors controlled via GPS; drones that kill vermin in the fields from above; and highly efficient bull sperm used to produce genetically optimized calves. This is not science fiction. It’s the future of farming, today. “Smart farming” is the agricultural industry’s new buzzword. A survey of almost 600 German farmers has revealed that more than one in two now uses digital solutions to optimize their harvests. Fierce regional and global competition, declining subsidies, higher standards of food quality, environmental protection, and increasing demand are forcing farmers to be highly efficient. This documentary looks at three examples of “smart farming” in Germany. Breeding consultant Johanna Schendel creates optimized dairy cows by selecting the right bull semen. Asparagus farmer Heiner Bartels uses a smartphone to calculate the optimum time to harvest. And drone pilot Bernd Meyer is out to fight pests in maize fields from the air. All three are trying to use modern technology to modify nature to fit the needs of our society. But where are the limits?
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42 COMMENTS

  1. DW's documentary quality is outstripping other channels… scary development even in the farming industry. what will the next decade bring? one of these days actual farming will be like playing a farming simulator game toady.

  2. Yes. The Germans once believed that the Tiger tank would straighten things out. It was a marvelous piece of work, after all.

  3. Monoculture brings in more and more pests because monoculture is completely against the laws of Nature. Monoculture devastates the land and makes it less fertile. Intensive agriculture uses heavy machinery which makes the soil void of microorganisms. Intensive monoculture farming produces desertification of the land which is only sustainable for a good harvest with massive use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers.
    Moreover, intensive agriculture deprives many people to do one of the most important human activities: planting crops, working with fruit trees and looking after them in the whole season for producing food for the community.
    Of course, we can cheat, use machines, chemicals, even drones so that human labour is reduced to the minimum. It depends on what we want to achieve in the long run and what are ALL THE COSTS. All the harm we have been doing to our natural environment is mostly ignored but that just can't go on indefinitely.

  4. Trying to bring science in to farming… there's no sense at all. The old ways were better. Using drones or smart phones in farming? Can't you learn to do anything properly? Professional level is different than the commercial level.

  5. You are not allowed to see or show some something because it's not patented. A patent describes it publicly. You need to write down what you want to protect.

  6. everywhere I comment about hydrogen gets a lot of hate, when I say Japan and S. Korea are aiming to jump over electric and straight to hydrogen, then some scientists shout some science at me saying hydrogen is not possible bla bla, I think many people buy a Leaf and use the battery to power their house, or just hold gasoline until 2023 and buy hydrogen …. the new bimotor Leaf has like 700nm and suddenly huge attention, some russian and other vids on hydrogen cars are getting like 500k views in 48hs and showing people plug in to charge their 400 mile range vehicles, like it was already old hat

  7. In regard to the drought issue – I suggest praying for rain.

    I live in Perth, Western Australia and me and my friend pray for rain when rain is overdue. I have been praying for rain since 2010. As result we have had enough rain here in Perth since 2010. Last year we had more rain than usual.

    I find praying for rain works best when you pray for rain inside the rain season – not out of season.

    We get rain here in Perth 2-4 days after I have prayed for rain. So if you are further from the coast you made need to wait longer for rain after praying for it.

    I PRAY to Jehovah God.

    I also think that the farmed hillsides need to be terraced to help conserve water.

  8. Not letting the cattle have normal sexual intercourse seems serious interference in their lives, and in nature. I'm quite apprehensive of human "progress" going down this slippery slope.

  9. All the concerns over drones and wasps, then the crop is ruined by drought. Lowering the price to be paid when you get to market while making the first delivery. Ouch. Classic hard farming lessons, that will always be there. There is nothing easy about farming.

  10. Farm of the future is a remarkable documentary! I truly did appreciate it so much. Thanks a lot for sharing! Keep it up!

  11. its kind of gross how much humans have manipulated the things we consume, what is the sentient and long term cost of making animals and plants produce more as food for us?

  12. Scary stuff. Nope not the robots, stressing the soil and animals to maximize production of dubious food stuff. Bio systems cannot function like that for too long.

  13. A little bit of fake news within the first 3 minutes of this documentary. “Corn borers are in Germany because of climate change”. Excuse me but a quick fact check revealed that the EUROPEAN CORN BORER had been devastating millet and other grain crops in Europe for thousands of years before Europe brought corn over from america.

  14. Come to California a take some of our Mexican farm workers. They work like mules and we have plenty. They'll surely do the work on the cheap

  15. Wonder how long will some of those overpriced gadgets last. I hope the farmers have some long ass warranty there in case of the premature break down of their pricy investment.

  16. The ending was so… disappointing we didn’t get to find out about any real results and so much money was put into this process that it’s is really sad

  17. “Sperm selection is not allowed in humans” so they can have perfect cows but we’re not allowed to have whatever type of kid we want I find this technology useless cuz I don’t even like milk.

  18. advice for this farmer: build soil, add rock dusts, composting, fermentations, organic regeneration ! stop using industrial chemicals

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