With technology overtaking almost everything and all parts of our life becoming digitized, it should come as no surprise when the same thing is happening in the agriculture sector. For people wondering what smart farming technologies are, this is it. It’s the integration of advanced technologies with farming and agriculture practices.
Here’s what you need to know about it.
What is Smart Farming?
Smart farming means using technologies like drones, artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), etc., to increase the quality and quantity of farming outputs. It helps improve efficiency, productivity and reduces wastage and negative impacts on the environment.
What Are Some Examples of Smart Farming Technologies?
Here are some examples of how smart farming technologies are being used today.
Weather stations are these smart gadgets that are placed all around the farming field to monitor and collect important data. These stations are equipped with various sensors to measure and record data, which is then shared with a cloud network and can easily be utilized by farmers or researchers.
Crop Management Devices
These are somewhat similar to weather stations. However, crop management devices are specifically aimed at recording data for different crops and their conditions. When placed in the field, these devices report data, such as temperature, precipitation, soil condition, etc.
All this helps recognize any problems before they become worse, and farmers are able to implement the right solutions immediately.
Precision farming also uses sensors in the field to accurately record the field conditions and predict the needs for it accordingly. For instance, by judging the lighting, humidity, pest infections, and other data, farmers can determine how much fertilizer, pesticides, and other products they need.