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THE INTERNET OF THINGS: IMPLICATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE

What could a smart farm look like? Connected field-specific weather stations and soil moisture sensors could alert you when conditions warrant a fungicide application. Controlled tile drainage valves could open or close automatically according to conditions detected by sensors.

Performance and yield data can already be transferred wirelessly from many forms of farm equipment. Where this real time data goes and what it will connect to is open-ended. Drones? Robotic tractors? We’ll see.

Bio-monitoring devices that track temperature, heart rate, respiration and movement on sentinel animals in livestock herds will provide an early warning for animal health issues or stressors. Appropriate climate and feed adjustments could be initiated automatically or remotely.

Farmers and employees may also benefit from bio-monitors that help detect fatigue and stress.

Connected sensors will automatically monitor inventories of all descriptions – fuel, feed, crop protection products. When levels drop below a prescribed level, an order could be generated automatically.

Did we mention data? Every connected device can generate data in real time and retain it via the Cloud. An avalanche of data from the billions of connected devices will come online in the next few years. The bottom line is, if it can be connected, it will be connected. 

Adapted from Gredig, P. (2016). The Internet of Things: Implications for agriculture. Excerpt reprinted by permission of the author and Farm Credit Canada,  originally published as part of an article in the May/June 2016 issue of FCC’s magazine, AgriSuccess. For information about AgriSuccess, see https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/knowledge/agrisuccess.html

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