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The Role of Wireless Broadband Connectivity on ‘Big Data’ and the Agricultural Industry in the United States and Australia

Tyler Mark (), Terry Griffin () and Brian Whitacre

International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 2016, vol. 19, issue A, 14

Abstract: Big Data has the potential to change the fabric of agriculture as we know it today; but only with wireless connectivity sufficient to employ telematics and other precision agricultural technologies. The primary focus of this paper is on data transfer, specifically as an enabling technology to precision agriculture. Limited wireless internet connectivity impedes the full utilization and effectiveness of precision agricultural practices and subsequent agricultural big data system. These failures lead to potential differentiation of farmland values; those fields with adequate wireless connectivity commanding a premium. In the absence of wireless data transfer for download and upload, precision agriculture technologies such as telematics cannot be utilized efficiently. Improving wireless connectivity is a primary driver of the adoption of big data. Increased connectivity could also intensify the adoption of precision agricultural technologies leading to input cost savings and decreased input usage.

Keywords: Agribusiness; Land Economics/Use; Production Economics; Productivity Analysis; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.240695

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