How IoT Is Impacting The Farming Industry
Farmers need to find ways to make more food with fewer resources. That’s the harsh reality of the farming sector in South Africa. Luckily, the Internet of Things (or IoT) is unlocking new, sustainable ways to improve resource efficiency and reduce wastage during farming.
There are many arguments in support of ‘Smart Farming’ enabled by IoT. Right from examining and gathering data for soil precipitation, air temperature, air moistness, and sunlight intensity across an array of different fields, integration of IoT can also enhance the effectiveness of water and electricity consumption and improve the production of large and local farms alike.
These are good reasons to explore an IoT solution for a farm, but how exactly would IoT have an impact on farming? Simply put, the function of IoT in agriculture is to bring a circle of examination, supervision, decision making, and action into the farming process.
IoT sensors take exact measurements on certain factors, activities or even animals. This data is then accumulated and transferred onto a cloud platform where it is evaluated. The huge amount of data is summarized and abbreviated into a format that can be easily understood by the farmer who then makes the necessary decisions based on this information. This has a drastic improvement on efficiency. By having accurate information readily available, farmers are no longer faced with the complexity of making tough decisions that will impact their produce.
Knowledge is another benefit unlocked by IoT in crop farming. By fitting and mounting multiple sensors throughout a field, a farmer has continuous access to essential statistics on their crops. Temperature and soil moisture information will have an impact on irrigation costs, while water consumption information can make the farmer aware of over or underirrigation trends. At the end of the day, this information saves the farmer a lot of money while confirming that the crops are being properly maintained and harvested.
The real question that needs to be asked is if farmers can afford NOT to integrate IoT into their operations. If you're interested in learning more about IoT or would like to integrate IoT into your operations, visit www.ItakaneICT.com.