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Smart Farming: Improving Produce Quality and Quantity

Agricultural yield has surged since the implementation of smart farming solutions. The quality and the quantity of produce has improved and increased substantially. Let's review the many solutions smart farming has to offer.
By Sanjeev Verma
Aug 11, 2019

Knowledge is key! Unless knowledge is applied in the best manner possible, the result will be poor. Like a farmer who knows the ins and outs of his land but still desires better yield, a different application of knowledge is required. Thankfully, agriculture as an industry is evolving. This metamorphosis has given birth to a whole new sector of smart farming, in which knowledgeable farmers use modern technologies and receive a bounty of high quality and quantity produce.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a tool that has the potential to disrupt the agricultural sector. The many sensors, gateways and seamless end-to-end solutions help ensure that smart farming becomes a factual reality. With integration in multiple sectors, even a supermarket giant like Carrefour collaborated with IBM. This allowed them traceability and brings to focus the accountability of all deliverables across its supply chain.

Utilization of IoT in Smart Farming
Food frauds are unfortunately on the rise. The E. coli outbreak caused due to Romaine lettuce that grew in Arizona could have been curbed. Alas, at that time the produce was not tagged and the buyer was unaware of the exact origins of the produce. Similarly, the seller was unable to call back the infected lettuce due to the vast disrupted network of distribution. The outbreak, which spread across 35 U.S. states, affecting the lives of hundreds of people, could have been nipped in the bud with a simple recall.

Thankfully, integration of IoT technology as smart farming now includes agriculture, retail and restaurants, among others. This can help cap off any anomalies found in produce before it can be consumed.

Many are as yet unaware that the IoT is playing a huge role in the mass adaption of smart greenhouses. What was once limited to herbs and delicate flowers has now become industrialized. Exotic fruits and vegetables that are not native to the United States are now grown and distributed onto many supermarket chains. The demand of organically grown greenhouse vegetables has further established that the IoT is not restricted to smart devices in a household. Its industrial uses surpass its commercial viability. Discussed below are some more solutions offered in smart farming:

1. Livestock Tracking and Geofencing: An estimated 70 percent of thefts in livestock are reported every year. With real-time geofencing, livestock tracking works as a boon for farmers. Free-range, open-range and organic grazing cattle and livestock are favored by consumers. It is estimated that the demand has risen to a whopping $27 billion industry. Cattle nabbing is, unfortunately, an invisible enemy that can be defeated in smart farming. With animal wearables, it is easy to account for every animal. Fence monitoring ensures that no intruders can enter or exit one's property from the borders.

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