IOT in agriculture
Everyone and everything is becoming ‘smart’ nowadays, and agriculture is no different. So what is smart farming? Let’s take a look: smart farming makes use of big data and sensors for more precise predictions, and enables more informed decision making, thus enhancing productivity of agricultural activity.
With technology making giant strides in every field, and better IOT sensor devices being available, farmers will have access to more and different types of information, which has the potential to save them a great deal of money.
We may very well see more AI and robots replacing manual farm labor for facilitating quicker and more accurate calculations.
As of now, most of the important decisions are taken by the farmers; for example, what kinds of seeds to sow, how much pesticide to spray, etc. These decisions are usually based on ‘gut feelings’ rather than any precise calculations. But intuition may not always lead to the appropriate decisions, and more accurate predictions are extremely important for farmers to be able to make the right choices.
Continuing with the previous example, IOT monitoring tools as in industries, can help farmers with decisions like how much pesticide to use in a particular area by measuring the amount of nitrogen in the soil – a far more accurate system than guesswork!
By deploying our smart agriculture gateways and sensors devices, farmers can also get information on the right time to pollinate certain flowers.
Driverless, self-navigating tractors that can carry farm produce and spray pesticides are already available in the market.
Smart farming techniques are also valuable for scientists; thanks to sensors in farms, researchers can figure out which plants to breed together to produce seeds that give high yields.
Governments too can benefit greatly from the introduction of IOT sensors in agriculture. They can have access to precise information on food security, detect infected crops, and also use the technology to boost productivity.
What is smart farming
AI can also be used to create new food crops; cultivars are plants that have been bred for the express purpose of producing high yields, resist diseases and have a particular flavor. With traditional methods, creating cultivars can take even 10 years. Scientist believe that with smart farming techniques, this can be done much faster, thus ensuring there is no dearth of crops.
The information on plant genes and characteristics can also help computers to forecast the effect of the gene mutation on the plants.
However, one needs to bear in mind that as of now, it is still quite expensive, and not feasible in small farms; smart farming has the best result when implemented on large scale farms.
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