agriculture technology development

Agriculture Technology: How to Improve on the Oldest Industry

Agriculture is the oldest industries in the world. It’s something people have done for generations successfully and yet despite centuries of practice, innovators are still thinking up new ways to make farming more efficient, cost-effective and produce higher crop yields.

GenZ is one of those companies. GenZ saw a problem—chemical sprayers are inefficient—and they developed a new implement to get the job done better. Our technology development team came in to help iterate designs, engineer specific system elements, and get the implements out to market.

This year GenZ’s first strawberry sprayers are seeing use in the field by customers and the company continues to develop new equipment that addresses pesticide drift issues and operator safety.

One challenge with the production of agricultural products is that crops are only grown for a few months out of the year. This means that agricultural technology have a limited window where equipment can be tested in the field.

This limited time window also affects the development cycle of the product. Where some products can be worked on at any point in the year, farm implements must be prototyped such that testing aligns with growing seasons. Missing these critical windows can cause huge delays and emphasizes the importance of parallel development, an approach SGW incorporates into projects with these kinds of time constraints.

Another exciting project SGW Designworks has recently been a part of has been in its work for Bayer Crop Science. Bayer Crop Science is a producer of seeds, pesticides, and seed treatments as well as many other agriculture technology products.

Our engineering team helped develop an improved a vacuum planting tool to aid in the quality assurance process for Bayer seeds.

Bayer tests thousands of seeds to ensure the product going out to growers is going to work. It’s a critical task which requires a lot of hands-on planting in the lab.

Agriculture technology development and custom equipment design can be essential to getting specific results for a client, especially when that result can help determine if thousands of seeds are viable. The improved tools also allow Bayer to manufacture additional tools, and repair tools more cheaply and easily.

SGW Designworks is setting its sights on the future of agriculture technology as well. Unlike some industries where tasks can be automated or done entirely by robots, agriculture at all stages is still almost entirely worked by people. In recent years there have been many innovations to automate tractors for infield work and use drones to help monitor crop conditions, but people are still the core of the industry.

Agricultural industries innovations are by no means limited to just field equipment. At SGW Designworks we keep tabs on many emerging technologies such as drones, cattle RFID tracking systems, and soil sensors.

For the team here, agriculture is close to home, and it’s exciting to be in a position to bring top-tier engineering talent to industries right here in our own community.

Agriculture will almost certainly continue to change over time and our team understands not only the engineering challenges modern farms have. The team also understands the human side of the industry, after all, most of our team has lived in Idaho for a long time.