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Current Progress and Future Prospects of Agriculture Technology: Gateway to Sustainable Agriculture

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College of Management, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611100, China
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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX 77446, USA
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College of Economics, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611100, China
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College of Landscape Architecture, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, China
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College of Horticulture and Forestry, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
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School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
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Department of Plant Pathology, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, China
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Academic Editor: Claus G. Sørensen
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4883; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094883
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 April 2021 / Published: 27 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Farming and Sustainability)
The agricultural industry is getting more data-centric and requires precise, more advanced data and technologies than before, despite being familiar with agricultural processes. The agriculture industry is being advanced by various information and advanced communication technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). The rapid emergence of these advanced technologies has restructured almost all other industries, as well as advanced agriculture, which has shifted the industry from a statistical approach to a quantitative one. This radical change has shaken existing farming techniques and produced the latest prospects in a series of challenges. This comprehensive review article enlightens the potential of the IoT in the advancement of agriculture and the challenges faced when combining these advanced technologies with conventional agricultural systems. A brief analysis of these advanced technologies with sensors is presented in advanced agricultural applications. Numerous sensors that can be implemented for specific agricultural practices require best management practices (e.g., land preparation, irrigation systems, insect, and disease management). This review includes the integration of all suitable techniques, from sowing to harvesting, packaging, transportation, and advanced technologies available for farmers throughout the cropping system. Besides, this review article highlights the utilization of other tools such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for crop monitoring and other beneficiary measures, such as optimizing crop yields. In addition, advanced programs based on the IoT are also discussed. Finally, based on our comprehensive review, we identified advanced prospects regarding the IoT, which are essential tools for sustainable agriculture. View Full-Text
Keywords: IoT; agriculture advancement; UAVs; sustainable agriculture IoT; agriculture advancement; UAVs; sustainable agriculture
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Khan, N.; Ray, R.L.; Sargani, G.R.; Ihtisham, M.; Khayyam, M.; Ismail, S. Current Progress and Future Prospects of Agriculture Technology: Gateway to Sustainable Agriculture. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4883. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094883

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Khan N, Ray RL, Sargani GR, Ihtisham M, Khayyam M, Ismail S. Current Progress and Future Prospects of Agriculture Technology: Gateway to Sustainable Agriculture. Sustainability. 2021; 13(9):4883. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094883

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Khan, Nawab, Ram L. Ray, Ghulam R. Sargani, Muhammad Ihtisham, Muhammad Khayyam, and Sohaib Ismail. 2021. "Current Progress and Future Prospects of Agriculture Technology: Gateway to Sustainable Agriculture" Sustainability 13, no. 9: 4883. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094883

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