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sustainable farming as a person holds a smartphone up over a field of crops with technological images overlaying everything

With the world expected to add another two billion people by 2050, increasing food demand by 35 to 56 percent, agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges. To meet these demands, a number of farmers are turning to smart farming practices. In this episode of the Satellite World Briefing Podcast, host Lucas Hunsicker takes a deep dive into the world of Laura and Pat Blomme, small-scale farmers from Iowa, to explore how they are not just meeting these challenges but exceeding them. By leveraging satellite data, they optimize crop yields and livestock management while pioneering sustainable farming practices that promise to feed the future while preserving the environment.

Laura and Pat share their journey from growing up on family farms to integrating a blend of time-honored traditions and state-of-the-art innovations. From real-time data that informs planting decisions to advanced tools that track livestock health, the Blommes’ story is a testament to the incredible potential of technology in farming. These advancements are reshaping the landscape of agriculture, ensuring that farmers like Laura and Pat can continue to feed the world while safeguarding the environment for future generations.

“We use [satellite data] almost every day, so it’s very important that we can access that data really anywhere. As we are planting, we’re using data that’s telling our machine or tractor or planter what to plant and where and how many seeds to put in the ground in that part of the field, and how much fertilizer we’re applying. We’re tracking all that data…And we use all of that to look back and try to make the best decisions going forward, based on what we know from past years. –Pat Blomme

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