As on horseback, we climb into a tractor from the left. And it is a chance. Because the right side of the cabin is covered with screens, a joystick further adding to this profusion of new technologies. On his seat, Cédric Lambert activates a pre-recorded track: thanks to the GPS, here is the tractor moving in a straight line without the farmer even having to put his hands on the steering wheel. Enough to be sure not to inadvertently damage the plants.
Always at the cutting edge of technology, agriculture never ceases to reinvent itself and these last years have seen the flourishing of a good number of AgTech start-ups, – the amounts invested in this sector in the world are moreover increased from 185 million dollars in 2008 to 10 billion in 2017– to offer drones, connected objects and specialized software to farmers. The key promise is to revolutionize the way they work. However, these technologies must really bring progress to the farmer. And that economic profitability is there. Son of a farmer and himself at the head of a farm for three years, Cédric Lambert uses several of these new tools. If fortunes are diverse for the time being, the prospects are exciting the farmer.
On his 62 hectare farm located in Maine-et-Loire, Cédric Lambert produces seeds of corn, beans, carrots … in all of about fifteen species, rootstocks of fruit trees and plants. medicinal. In addition to tractors and other more traditional tools – some of which have not changed in any way since the days when they were pulled by a horse -, Cédric Lambert also uses several connected objects: connected weather station, connected tensiometric and rain gauge probes or even Raindancer sensors. to monitor irrigation.