Empowerment Of IoT In Agriculture

IoT and technology together can transform and modify the agricultural industry in various aspects. They can reduce cost in businesses by decreasing human dependencies. From climate predictions to the monitoring of fields and disease control measure the IoT is giving back the control to farmer's hands- where it belongs. Nowadays it's utilities and benefits are realized by common people. Here are various groundbreaking approaches.

18 Feb 2021

1. Climate conditions monitoring

Weather stations are the most wanted agricultural gadget that have a combination of smart farming sensors. They are distributed throughout the field and gather data from the environment then send it to the cloud. Climate conditions can be mapped by using measurements gathered from the data. Then appropriate crops can be chosen according to the climate condition and then required measurements are taken. Smart Elements, Pycno and allMETEO are some of the agriculture IoT devices.

2. Greenhouse automation

IoT sensors help farmers to get real-time data on various greenhouse conditions including soil condition, humidity, temperature and lighting. Weather stations can not only source environmental data but also can adjust conditions to match with the given parameters. Greenhouse automation systems use a principle that is quite similar to that. Some IoT devices can control sprinklers. It helps to manage your lighting and irrigation systems remotely. Some examples of IoT agricultural products for greenhouse automation are Farmapp, Growlink.

3. Crop management

Crop management IoT devices are placed in the field to collect information just like weather stations. They collect specific data regarding crop farming, overall crop health, leaf water potential, temperature and precipitation rate. In this way, crop growth and anomalies can be monitored and any infestation or disease can be prevented which can harm your yield.

4. Cattle monitoring and management

Some IoT agriculture sensors can be attached to the farm animals which will monitor their log performance and health. Tracking and monitoring of livestock help to collect data on health and well-being and also the physical location of the stock. Sick animals can be identified with the help of such sensors and immediately separated from the herd to prevent further contamination. Real-time cattle tracking can also be done by drones. This helps farmers to reduce staffing expenses. Cowler and SCR by Allflex use collar tags or smart agricultural sensors to deliver insights about the health, activity, temperature and nutrition of each individual cow and aggregated information about the herd.

5. Precision farming

Precision farming is also known as precision agriculture. It is one of the most effective and widespread applications of agricultural IoTs. Farmers collect huge metrics on every division of the ecosystem and the field microclimate like humidity, soil conditions, temperature, lighting, humidity, pest infections and carbon dioxide levels. The collective data helps farmers to estimate optimal amounts of water, pesticides and fertilizers needed for crops, reduction of expenses and raising better and healthier crops.

The internet of Things will keep continuing to sprawl its applications territory in the Agricultural Industry. The market is still developing and there are immense opportunities in the coming years that will pave the way for your success if you join in.

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