The agriculture sector has changed significantly in the last decade. With crop monitoring technology, farmers can now track their crop's progress and forecast yields with incredible accuracy.
This allows them to make better decisions about what they grow, when they plant it, and how much water or fertilizer they use. In this blog post we will explore some of the best applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) in agriculture.
Applications of IoT in Agriculture
There are a variety of applications for IoT in agriculture and crop monitoring. Here are some of the most popular examples:
Usage Time Estimation for Farm Equipment: IoT sensors can track usage time on farm equipment and generate reports that tell farmers how long a crop has been waiting to be harvested or what percentage of their machinery is being used at any given moment. This helps them plan ahead so they don't run out of crops or machinery.
Monitoring the Growth Stage and Quality: IoT sensors can track crop growth stages and quality on a continual basis, providing farmers with valuable data that helps them make decisions about how they need to adjust their crop based on soil conditions, weather patterns, available water supply, etc. This also allows for more accurate crop projections.
Monitoring Crop Vital Signs: IoT sensors can track crop vital signs like temperature, humidity levels and the amount of water in the soil. This data helps farmers understand how to best take care of their crop by helping them find what is causing any changes or fluctuations that might be affecting crop growth rates.
Weather Forecasting: IoT sensors can track crop-specific variations in weather patterns and provide farmers with forecasts for how their crop will be affected. This saves them the trouble of having to take into account a variety of external factors that might impact crop growth rates, like rain or drought.
Precision Farming: IoT crop monitoring technology can help farmers with precision farming by providing them access to real-time crop data that helps guide the machines they use to plant crops, apply fertilizer and harvest crops. This results in more accurate planting cycles that save farmers time and money while also improving crop growth rates.
How IoT entered the Agricultural sector?
The agricultural sector has been a pioneer in the IoT industry. In fact, one of the most popular crop monitoring technologies is called agri-sat and was originally designed to help farmers with irrigation management by providing them access to critical crop data that helped guide their future decisions about crop planting, fertilizer usage and harvest times.
Today, there are countless crop monitoring technologies and crop sensors that provide farmers with up-to-the minute crop data to help them make decisions about how best to care for their crop. These IoT devices often transmit information via cellular networks, but there are also ways for farms to set up a low power wide area network (LPWAN) or local mesh networks so they can access crop data at distances of several miles.
What are the future applications for IoT in agriculture?
The future applications for crop monitoring and crop sensor technologies are only limited by the imagination of farmers.
Some emerging crop tracking innovations include:
- Remote Sensing Crop Data (RS CD): IoT crop data technology that is able to monitor crops with sensors on planes or satellites, which means it can provide crop health information at a much wider scale.
- Continuous crop health monitoring: IoT sensors that track crop vital signs in real time, which allows farmers to identify issues with their crop and respond quickly so they can prevent potential crop losses or damages from natural disasters like storms or flooding.
- Wireless water management for drip irrigation systems: wireless valves that monitor soil conditions and shut off the water flow when crop demand is low, which helps save both water and crop nutrient resources.
Agriculture is a dynamic industry that requires the best of technology to stay competitive. The IoT (Internet of Things) can help farmers, food manufacturers and distributors reduce costs while also improving efficiencies in their operations.
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