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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

2. Smart Pest Management: Wrongful quantity and increased amounts of pesticide spraying can result in an infected crop. Data analysis of the soil, the speed of produce growth, and weather and temperature patterns are factors that can attract a swarm of locusts or other insects. Pesticides also help increase yield, but a balance needs to be achieved before irreversible damage is incurred. Monitoring of the same plays an important factor in determining if pesticides need to be sprayed. Additionally, once the recommended dosage has been administered, anything extra affects the fertility of the soil and damages the produce. Swarming season cannot be avoided, but care can be taken to minimize the damage that crops face. Last year, in Idaho alone, few locations witnessed a high Mormon cricket population. It reached a high level of 70 per square yard.

3. Predictive Analytics for Crops and Livestock: Crucial data—such as soil analysis, including moisture levels, and the growth rate of crops—is important to predict the growth pattern of produce. This helps one be alert to the mineral requirements of crops and helps to increase the same. Simultaneously, faulty feeding patterns of livestock and overcrowding the bunk feed may affect the quality of the meat. Smart animal husbandry also focuses on calf raising, maternity pens and cow lactation. Technological know-how helps boost a farm's overall productivity.

4. Remote Equipment Monitoring: A large farm requires heavy equipment. Every machine, no matter how well used and maintained, suffers from technical glitches. For one to get the maximum out of the hardware being used, smart solutions go a long way. With the application of sensors on machines like harvesters, tractors, pickups and plowing machines, a farmer receives real-time notification in the event of a glitch. Installing, provisioning and managing IoT endpoints, as well as securely and reliably connecting the same, makes the entire exercise smart. Ingestion, maintenance, curation and analyzing the data derived through IoT driven sensors can be done remotely.

5. Automated Sprinkler System: Precise and controlled water dispersion helps cap any degradation of roots. One of the most important things that one needs to ensure while watering is knowing when and how much water is required. For this, a detailed analysis of soil is required. In addition, air humidity and weather temperature are factors that help to determine the optimum amount of water without wasting this precious resource.

"From farm to fork" is the new adage which is being followed by those who have implemented smart farming. This sector used to be brimming with toil and trouble but has now been revamped into a well-oiled machine. Farmers and cattle owners can now obtain real-time information about their crops and cattle, then use this information to maximize their yield. Smart farming continues to be one of the most rapidly developing sectors, offering maximum profit and increased quality and quantity. All one needs to do is implement the same.

Sanjeev Verma is the founder of Biz4Intellia, one of the leading IoT development companies in the United States. He is extremely passionate about the Internet of Things and explores the possibilities unleashed by the IoT on a constant basis. At Biz4Intellia, Sanjeev's concrete focus is on building a rapid growing, market-driven organization that delivers influential IoT business solutions.

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