Drones, robots, and super sperm – the future of farming | DW Documentary (Farming documentary)

Drones, robots, and super sperm – the future of farming | DW Documentary (Farming documentary)

The future of farming: Driverless tractors, drones and robots. How is the agriculture industry changing as digital technology develops?

Unmanned tractors controlled via GPS; drones that kill vermin in the fields from above; and highly efficient bull sperm used to produce genetically optimized calves. This is not science fiction. It’s the future of farming, today. “Smart farming” is the agricultural industry’s new buzzword. A survey of almost 600 German farmers has revealed that more than one in two now uses digital solutions to optimize their harvests. Fierce regional and global competition, declining subsidies, higher standards of food quality, environmental protection, and increasing demand are forcing farmers to be highly efficient. This documentary looks at three examples of “smart farming” in Germany. Breeding consultant Johanna Schendel creates optimized dairy cows by selecting the right bull semen. Asparagus farmer Heiner Bartels uses a smartphone to calculate the optimum time to harvest. And drone pilot Bernd Meyer is out to fight pests in maize fields from the air. All three are trying to use modern technology to modify nature to fit the needs of our society. But where are the limits?

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  1. keew ng on November 3, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Japan Wagyou Beef, in future 100 years from today Animal Farm, Cattle, Pigs, Sheep and poultry could be in as expensive as Wagyou Beef, for General Population "Meat" will be Laboratory Meat where they are grown in Town, City or Village nearer to consumer. Lab meat will become cheaper as "Bioreactor" under Nanotechnology cheaper to install to manufacture One STEMCELL of Wagyou Cow into 10,000Kilogram of Genetic Modified Beef which is safer to eat than Wagyu Beef, same for all kind of Animals Farm meat. Same applies to Vegetables where they are grown on same Building people lives in like basement or roof terrace or empty rooms. This is Future 100 years from today.

  2. Matze Mumpitz on November 3, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Hitech Farming with lowtech computers – Windooh

  3. Vandeleonx To on November 3, 2021 at 9:31 am

    This message is for Breeding Consulting Johanna. Hi are you single?

  4. Nicoletta Maspoli Dissanayake on November 3, 2021 at 9:33 am

    this is good only for criminal food industry and military related societies. They want to make money on small farmers and control the food, water, and power. small farmers, uses pesticides often dangeros for humans animals and ground! They decides about prices that a normal farmer can’t apply. They alredy uses since ’95 geoengeneerig: weather control , other beneficiary are communications, satellites, radios, signals works better without humidity. This weather control create disturbing consequences on the atmosphere and the earth is getting hotter because of the shild tey create…They destroy us to make money!

  5. Nicola Rollinson on November 3, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Cold and soulless..nazi springs to mind. Sorry guys
    "There’s the damn phone again"…
    Speaks volumes

  6. Nadeem Gillani on November 3, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Great information about agriculture. German are upto the marks

  7. Abor world on November 3, 2021 at 9:37 am

    DW documentaries are the best ,to the point and precise.Respect and greetings from Arunachal Pradesh.

  8. JOOMI LEE on November 3, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Not all children are allergic to peanuts. I wonder if the neem tree works for all sexually active females as a natural birth contraceptive. Are some gluten intolerant even with organic GMO free grain products or only with Monsanto type bread products? If you suffer arthritis pain after eating nightshade plants does this also happen to you if you grow your own nightshade plants organically using GMO free seeds?

  9. Neli Borba on November 3, 2021 at 9:40 am

    It seems thar they are ditching the humans from the regular jobs and living. This innovation is about MONEY as always. It is monstrous.

    Now, all the propaganda and videos of having no hands to pick produce, killing pigs, cows and fowl has only one goal and that is to create a society were humans ARE NOT NEEDED.

  10. hzhang1228 on November 3, 2021 at 9:41 am

    DW’s documentary quality is outstripping other channels… scary development even in the farming industry. what will the next decade bring? one of these days actual farming will be like playing a farming simulator game toady.

  11. Robert Caffrey on November 3, 2021 at 9:41 am

    AI Robots in wellington boots are just around the corner, humans will still be the Tossers jerking off the Bulls.

  12. laurie martinez on November 3, 2021 at 9:42 am

    How stupid!

  13. Reno Raines the BH on November 3, 2021 at 9:42 am

    5:50 bonapetit

  14. innervisions on November 3, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Poor babys gets killed for veal and so you can drink the milk and the cheese.

  15. Dimitri Ledkovsky on November 3, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Right. Wrong all around! Technology, chemicals, industrial farming and agriculture are a dead end unless approached HOLISTICALLY. Thanks DW for exposing these horrible practices. Hopefully clearly thinking farmers have seen this and will have the sense to step away from the biological suicide that running a farm off a cell phone will bring on.

  16. Can’t speak your mind🇦🇺 on November 3, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Good for you. Climate change nice straight corn 🌽

  17. Sherry Kendrick on November 3, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Financially at this time there may not be a future for farmers or ranchers. Prices have went up for the consumer, the farmers and ranchers are not seeing any more money.

  18. No More on November 3, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Imagine if that lady cow engineer finds a guy that likes to check her out in the same way as she checks the cows. 😆

    Or what if we do that to the entire human population 🤔😳

  19. ABC on November 3, 2021 at 9:52 am


  20. Success Sequence on November 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Reliance industries from India is gonna try all this at a scale never seen before.

  21. Junior Jetseter on November 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Leading farming example for whole world. In the future we might have to get into vertical green house urban farming to feed the world.

  22. Saif Qalum on November 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

    It’s NOT AI competing with nature it’s digital capability working with nature

  23. Hari Prasad Gaire on November 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

    This isn’t natural selection as Darwin’s dictate.

  24. Master of none on November 3, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Can we do that guy a favor and not call him "the sperm collector"?!?

  25. Religion To Responsibility on November 3, 2021 at 9:56 am

    This is not science but this is the ultimate stupidity of human creatures on this planet….

  26. GARRY SAUDIBOY on November 3, 2021 at 9:57 am

    you destroying microbes in you’re land stop using big heavy equipment,, try organic farming ,,stop buying products came from, multi companies , jadam technoly is good 1..

  27. Nigel Palmer on November 3, 2021 at 9:58 am

    The Asparagus story made me laugh. I think the bloke could grow less and charge more use the spare fields for something else

  28. Raj Singh on November 3, 2021 at 10:00 am


  29. Arti Texture on November 3, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Nature being constantly exploited and then we are surprised why our planet is suffering. "Animals become statistics and measured how well they will fit the machines."

  30. Blairgowrie forest railway Andrew Johnson on November 3, 2021 at 10:03 am

    this is scary stuf if you are not educated and cannot work a computer.

  31. Tuyền Trần Lê Minh on November 3, 2021 at 10:05 am


  32. S.W. W.420 on November 3, 2021 at 10:05 am

    16k euro to fly a drone, somebody got fked

  33. JOOMI LEE on November 3, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Some people suffer migraine headaches after using the flying scroll too much.

  34. Sređivanje budala on November 3, 2021 at 10:08 am


  35. Guillaume Chatel on November 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

    The future is agroecology, not financial agriculture with different new technologies whose construction depends on imported materials. This vision is a possibility for the chemical firms to retrain and to remain the driving force of a globalized and monetarized agricultural world.

  36. Alex Hope O'Connor on November 3, 2021 at 10:10 am

    The cow insemination one was dumb, no genetic work shown at all, so basically just a database of roughly correlated cow traits…

  37. Sandra Jenkins on November 3, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Drones are not the future. Future is robotic farmers that can do if it is human. To assist in the things machines can not do..and tractors that can be removed & control by a computer like I pad. Your think your out of space on earth.

  38. ABC on November 3, 2021 at 10:11 am


  39. mjferroni on November 3, 2021 at 10:14 am

    So he wants to use a drone so as to replace chemical pestisides… but he is using it to spread “biological pesticide… without chemicals”. Can anyone explain to me what biological non-chemical pesticide is. Because as a chemist I can tell you we use acetic acid in the lab every day, we call it a chemical too, when you pit it in your salad it’s called food. And what exactly is the innovation here, what is the drone adding… he could have spread that biological pesticide the old fashioned way. Isn’t this just a possoble labour cost reduction?

  40. Ricardo Ruiz on November 3, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Meat is Murder

  41. scotishjohn on November 3, 2021 at 10:14 am


  42. L Crain on November 3, 2021 at 10:15 am

    as a livestock breeder, the dairy cow selecting scene is a total nightmare- designing completely for ourselves without care for the animal’s quality of life is a sure downhill evolution. And we should be in the fields with our animals, observing, learning, and tuning in to the lives we are stewarding and the landscape around us.

  43. Nicoletta Maspoli Dissanayake on November 3, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Terrible, horrible! Scary! And like always, what does our governements do to protect us from those big companies, who are interested only in money, with no regards for human life or pollution?

  44. BKamron on November 3, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Johanna ist sehr schön…

  45. Luis DV on November 3, 2021 at 10:23 am

    go vegan and stop eating corpses!!!!

  46. karate on November 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

    this farming is not about development. It’s not about producing good healthy food. It is about a bunch of idiots making money.
    whoever these people are… just learn from them by saving good seeds, having small community and family farms, if animals are to be kept, they raise their own babies and live as full lives as possible… and remember we are animals… Those who want to impersonate numbers and machines can destroy themselves and each other. No sense no brains no heart… a living death… machine humans are so so idiotic.

  47. Reich Paprika on November 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Because they couldn’t make the perfect human, they turned to Cows instead

  48. Šimon Macháček on November 3, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I still think there will be no cow farms in the future. Every error is realised in time.

  49. JOOMI LEE on November 3, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Males who carry cell phones in their pant pockets have a lower and or unhealthier sperm count than males who have never done that. My Android Nokia C1 Plus gives off at least one signal (probably GPS) even after I power it down but other devices can also do that.

  50. Alex Hope O'Connor on November 3, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Asparagus and corn farms had desert like soil…

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