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Internet Of Things (IoT) on Agriculture

 

The Internet Of Things (IOT) is a very interesting and famous trend in the world of Information Technology today, it is no longer news that a lot of predictive business analysis all unanimously believe that in no further than ten years from now, any business that is yet to adopt and integrate the IOT into their brand and products will be running a huge loss, so it is correct to say that the IOT is the next big thing.

With that said, we would love to look at the future of Agriculture with regards to IOT, how the Internet Of Things may and will affect the future of Agriculture and stakeholders too, and how to make the best of this awesome development as a farm owner.

Long before now, hundreds of years ago, the use of manual tools was the order of the day, until the introduction of mechanized agriculture, its advantages, and its overwhelming increase in productivity. Ever since many farmers started adopting one technological approach or the other towards agriculture, and today we see some high-tech farming equipment being used on various farms. But how about smart sensors and artificial intelligence in agriculture? How about having some equipment laid down all over the farm that detects shifts in some conditions and not just analyzes the problem, but also triggers a solution to take effect immediately to that course?

These are some ways that the Internet of Things is going to affect and shape the future of agriculture in no distant time;

  • FARM SURVEY: with the adoption of IOT into agriculture, the tedious tasks of surveying and mapping of the farmland, topography study, and even soil testing will be made as easy as the click of a mouse button. Some farm machinery manufacturers are already making the future clear when it comes to this, showing off projects under development, some drones that can be used to carry out all necessary surveys in the farmyard and effectively deliver an analytic result.
  • SENSORS: this is what many people are talking about today when it comes to the integration of IOT into agriculture, some high-end sensory devices smartly linked to a control unit or point, rendering limitless categories of vital information like ‘which end of the farm is exposed to hazardous chemicals’, ‘which part of the farm has a polluted soil’ or even showing and helping the farmer track the introduction and spread of diseases on his crops, that way the farmer can not only prevent further spread of the disease in the farm but be able to contain the disease effectively.
  • PRECISION AGRICULTURE: this will provide for the very much needed accuracy in some analysis like weather forecast and other dynamic data that affect the productivity of crops in the farm. Analytic data gathered here will have endless potential as they can equally be used to decide which crop species will do well in the forthcoming farming season since you already know the exact weather conditions.
  • INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT OR CONTROL (IPM/IPC): for long now, the issue of pest outbreaks and attacks on farms have been affecting the productivity and yield of many farms all over the world, this is due to not detecting the pests early enough or using some ineffective pest control, but with the introduction of IOT, pest attacks can not only be detected early but also effortlessly controlled with minimum damages to farm products.
  • LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT: IOT has a very promising future for livestock agriculture, from the introduction of monitoring ear tags for cattle that has the ability to detect respiratory infections and diseases to some automated vaccine systems that will inject the water supply of cattle with infection resisting vaccines to avoid the spread of diseases in the ranch.



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