Four Examples of Smart Farming
Monitoring Climate Conditions
Probably the most popular smart agriculture tools are weather stations which combine various smart farming sensors. Located across the fields, they collect data from the environment and send it to the cloud. The provided measurements can then be used to map climate conditions, choose appropriate crops, and take the required measurements to improve capacity (i.e. precision farming).
In addition to sourcing environmental data, weather stations can automatically adjust the conditions to match the given parameters. In specific, greenhouse automation systems which adopt a similar principle.
One more type of IoT product in agriculture and another element of precision farming are crop management devices. Just like weather stations, they can be placed in the fields and collect data specific to crop farming; from temperature and precipitation to leaf water potential and overall crop health. All this collected data and information can be used to improve farming practices.
This means that you can monitor your crop growth and any anomalies to effectively prevent diseases or infestations that could harm your yield.
Cattle Monitoring and Management
Just like crop monitoring, there are IoT agriculture sensors that can be attached to animals on a farm to monitor their location, health and note performance. As dairy herds play a major role in the southwest, this asset is key to maintaining and maximising yeilds.