New life for your forests: how digital transformation can boost your agricultural operation

Running and maintaining an agricultural operation certainly is a full time job. There are challenges to overcome and issues to resolve pretty much every day. Staff shortages, resource planning, difficulty implementing certain processes, and many other unforeseen circumstances may pose a headache for you, and those working with you.

Maybe now is the right time to pause for just a moment, and find the way to make life easier for yourself, and those working alongside you. Maybe today is the perfect day to look at a digital future to enhance your operation’s yield, and boost your revenue. We’re explores all these issues and would like to share how digital transformation addresses the challenges faced by an agricultural operation, and offers solutions for them.

 

Permanent Staff vs Short-Term Staff Management: The Eternal Conundrum

Staffing in the agricultural environment is always a contentious issue. The change of seasons from the typically quiet Winter months to the sudden bloom of Spring brings about a rush to get the necessary staff to deal with increased labor needs out in the fields. Official statistics estimate that the busy months between January and July require about 46% more staff than the quieter period. It is easy to become bogged down in managing rosters, payroll, and other necessities of the workplace when dealing with such influx of workers, many of whom might be transient. Spreadsheets and other manual administrative tasks might simply become unmanageable altogether. This is where the right digital tool comes in very useful indeed. Imagine what an integrated HR & payroll management solution can do for your business!

 

Resource Planning: How much do I need, and when do I need it

Parasitic infestations are facts of life in the agriculture business. It will happen to your own operation, sooner or later, or perhaps you have already experienced it first hand. Now imagine that your trees are being consumed by some parasites and you don’t have the right chemicals in stock to counter this – years of growth could go to waste. All of a sudden, that note hastily scribbled on a napkin to remember buying insecticide comes back to haunt you. Integrated resource planning tool, connecting dots across your operation can again be a great asset to help you deal with anything that Nature can throw at you.

 

Supply Chain: Keeping Your Supply Lines Open

About one billion people work in agriculture and related enterprises across the world. That is a lot of people to manage and coordinate. The goods and services flowing among all this people must also be managed properly and promptly, to ensure everyone and everything is where they are supposed to be. Chemical supplies, vehicle parts, seedlings, etc., all require careful transportation between locations, as well as storage and conservation for all hazardous chemicals, etc. Once again, the old days of pen and paper are truly gone. Supply Chain is probably the one aspect of your operation that can benefit the most from digital transformation, to keep all the links in the chain ticking over nicely.

 

Process Optimization: Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Working harmony in the workplace can be a tough goal to achieve, particularly if there are no training standards or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place. You’d be surprised to know how many organizations lack such important tools! Getting everyone working together is possible, however, especially when the right tool enables the implementation and use of the Internet of Things (IoT). This is a hot topic these days, how the IoT is becoming the de facto solution for so many businesses worldwide, and agricultural operations are part of it. A tailored IoT solution may include tools like yield monitors, automated systems, a network of sensors to measure anything from ground moisture to vehicle health, and many other parameters to keep you up to date with what’s going on out in the forests. All this data can then be processed and analyzed quickly to determine where problems exist, or where they may soon arise.

 

Conclusion

As we have seen, digital transformation can only bring advantages to your operation. From staff management to the IoT, you will reap the benefits of such leap into the future almost overnight. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is currently underway, and it’s going to require your entire organization to embrace the digital future to keep advancing and evolving.