Smart farming is a concept quickly catching on in the agricultural industry. Offering high-precision crop control, useful data collection, and automated farming techniques, there are clearly many advantages a networked farm has to offer.
It’s universally agreed that if the agricultural community and broader food industry could take advantage and embrace the digital technologies of today, it could make a significant difference to day to day management, freeing up more of your time and capital to invest, and ultimately help create a more productive business.
In a world where everything now is digitally connected or the ‘Internet of Things’, data is a critical asset. Food is no different.
Crop water management function of Agricultural IoT can be of great value, as it intelligently manages the limited water supply by calculating the valve operation timing and building optimum irrigation strategy, resulting in better practices to preserve water resources.
Weather forecasting accuracy and other dynamic data inputs affects crop productivity to a great extent. The higher the level of accuracy, the lower the chances of crops being damaged; thus, more accurate weather forecasts can lead to higher profitability and productivity levels.
IoT ensures accurate and efficient communication to farmers of real time data related to weather forecasts, soil quality, and availability and cost of labour. in advance for the future.
Along with attaining optimum, quality food production, the Agricultural IoT aims to ensure food safety at different levels, like storage, transportation, etc. To do so, it has a monitoring system over various factors like shipping time, storage temperature, and cloud-based record keeping.
Supporting livestock health fortified with monitoring tools like as ear tags for cattle, capable of detecting respiratory diseases. If a disease is detected, it sends an alert so the animal can be separated from the herd, preventing the disease from spreading.