Sowing the seeds for sustainable farming
As the world population grows, more food products, fibers, fuels and raw materials need to be grown in smaller spaces and sustainability becomes a critical necessity.
At the same time, there is increasing demand for less use of chemical pesticides and pressure is being exerted on cultivators to track the origin of all products used. These trends confront farmers with formidable challenges.
Plastics raise yield, enhance quality and improve environmental acceptability
New developments in plastics technology and additives enable farmers to increase crop production, improve food quality and reduce the ecological footprint of their activities. A wide range of plastics is used in agriculture, including polyolefin, polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and, less frequently, polycarbonate (PC) and polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA).
Plastics allow water to be saved and crops to be planted in arid areas. Plastic irrigation pipes prevent wastage of water and nutrients, rain water can be retained in reservoirs built with plastics, and the use of pesticides can be reduced by keeping crops in greenhouses or under plastic film.
Agricultural plastics such as greenhouse covers can be recycled and used again to make items such as outdoor furniture.
Greenhouses, which often have plastic frameworks today, and plastic tunnels promote faster and more reliable growth, as temperature conditions can be controlled and plants protected from harmful exterior conditions. Mulching (covering the ground with plastic film) helps maintain humidity and reduces the growth of weeds. Plastic reservoirs and plastic irrigation systems help improve water management. Plastic film can be used for silage storage.
SONGWON develops, manufactures and supplies HALS and UV stabilizer packages that exceed lifetime expectations of film and other plastic items used in the agriculture industry.
New trends in agricultural equipment reap rewards
As the agricultural market becomes more and more mechanized worldwide, increasing numbers of tractors, combined harvesters and other farming equipment will be required and pressure will increase on reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs.
Electronics help to grow efficiency
Precision farming technology is a major trend set to reshape farming worldwide. Data is used to optimize yields while preserving resources. Its spread will be enabled by the increased use of sensors, software and wireless connectivity on farming implements.
With its strong focus on research and innovation, SONGWON continuously develops new solutions for the electronics sector.