IoT in agriculture: future and perspective for farmers

The Internet of Things is gaining a ton of buzz in many industry sectors.

What is not so commonly discussed is how much important IoT could be for agriculture. These new technological innovations could increase yields and be life-saving. That’s the reason why this issue is recently capturing so much attention.

But what is the Internet of Things exactly?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about making “easy” things that are “smart” by connecting them to each other and to the Internet. It enables physical objects to be sensed and controlled remotely, creating opportunities for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems.

Our world is digitally connected and data is a critical asset. Data from devices can guide farmers’ decisions, helping them work smarter and safer and adapt more quickly to changing conditions.

The efficiency of farming lies in a farmer’s ability to predict natural conditions and react to them in the quickest way possible. A few decades ago, the precision of such forecasts wasn’t so reliable — now, it’s impressively high thanks to instant data gathering and distribution.

The Internet of Things is successfully fueling precision agriculture as a new direction in farming to improve the quality of data gathering and their application in the field.

The IoT farming helps the farmers by reducing crop waste along with the negative impact on the environment. It allows them to get as much yield as possible out of each site.  

Thanks to Internet of Things in agriculture, today’s yield monitoring systems provide operators with a user interface that includes a spatial map that displays the grain yield of the harvested portions of the field. IoT farming provide farmers with additional farm-level information for managing risk and more precisely managing fertilizer, seed, and herbicide.

IoT in agriculture: focus on haymaking

Other important applications of smart agriculture are related to the haymaking. For example for countries where farming at high temperatures could represent a risk for the storage phase, wireless monitoring systems for hay have been developed.

The handy probes with put inside the bales are connected to the internet, allowing the farmer to follow the real-time temperature of his hay without any effort. The farmer can easily check the temperature of his hay whenever he wants and also receive an alert message to his phone if temperatures rise to unsafe levels.

The same internet-based technology could be applied to develop sensors detecting the level of moisture in the pre-baling phase.

IoT in agriculture could bring quite a few benefits:

  • better quality of the fodder,
  • time-saving avoiding too many passages to check the swaths onsite,
  • better control on wide fields allowing the farmer to monitor the drying process in various zones
  • and most important, especially for contractors, the possibility to check this process on various fields cut in different moments.

Sofar we found just manual moisture probes but it would be interesting to develop a digital solution also to overcome “the moisture issue” to help farmers. Don’t you agree?

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