IoT Applications In Agriculture

by | Feb 18, 2019 | IoT Applications & Examples

The IoT technology has a humungous ability to transform the world. However, its application could have the greatest impact.

The global population is set to touch almost 9.6 billion by 2050. To feed this population, the farming industry must embrace the internet of things.

IOT-based smart farming doesn’t only target large, conventional farming operations, but could also act as the new levers to uplift other growing trends in agriculture like family farming, organic farming, preservation of high-quality seeds, and enhance transparent farming.

Below are a few of the best IoT applications in agriculture.

Precision Agriculture

AKA precision farming, this can be thought of as anything capable of making the farming practices more controlled as well as accurate when it comes to raising crops and livestock.

In this kind of approach, the use of information technology and several other items like robotics, control systems, sensors, automated hardware, autonomous vehicles, etc. play the key role.

Access to mobile devices, high-speed internet, and low-cost satellite imagery are few of the key technologies characterizing this form of agricultural trend.

Monitoring of livestock

Large firm owners can use the wireless IoT technology to collect data in terms of the location, well-being, and the health of the cattle.

This information helps in identifying animals that are sick so they can be isolated from the herd. Thereby preventing the disease from spreading. It can also help in lowering labor costs by helping ranchers locate their cattle with the aid of IoT-based sensors.

Smart greenhouses

Greenhouse farming is a method used to enhance the yield of fruits, vegetables, crops, etc.

These houses control the environment through manual intervention or through a proportional control mechanism. As manual intervention is directly linked with energy loss, production loss, and labor cost, these methods aren’t too effective.

For controlling the environment in a smart greenhouse, we can use different IoT based sensors to control the parameters as per the plant requirements. This can help to eliminate the need for manual monitoring.

As we can see…

IOT applications in agriculture are making it possible for farmers and ranchers to collect meaningful data based on which they can act accordingly and more efficiently.

It’s high time that other small farmers and large landowners understand the potential of this technology and start implementing the same for themselves. After all, this can benefit them a lot in the long run.

Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes technical contents periodically and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He’s an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He’s got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering.