According to the United Nations, the world population is expected to grow to 9.8 billion by 2050. The internet of things (IoT) is poised to bridge the gap between current agricultural production levels and what will be required to support the needs of the world’s increasing population. In this article, we explore smart farming, how IoT is changing the industry for the better, and some exciting examples of IoT in agriculture.
Smart farming is the collection and use of information and data to create a more efficient agricultural system. The purpose of introducing high-tech systems for growing food is to improve efficiency and quality while increasing production. The goal is to grow food as cleanly and sustainably as possible. Smart farming includes all aspects of food production, including growing crops from seed, harvesting, and livestock throughout the entire lifecycle.
As we’re seeing with its introduction in other industries, IoT is having a significant impact in agriculture. Empowered by sensor-driven real-time data and increased opportunities for automation, farmers are finding significant efficiencies by leveraging IoT.
Being able to direct processes remotely improves safety as well as efficiency. Is drier-than-average weather predicted? Farmers can easily increase the water supply in all or specific areas. Where this process once required significant time investment and manual intervention, it can now be done in seconds through automation.
According to Deloitte, smart farming has been called the “Green Revolution.” This reference pays homage to the tremendous farming growth in the 1960s, when agricultural production in many parts of the world increased due to new technology initiatives and the implementation of a modern scientific approach to farming. At that time, advancements in agriculture were largely due to genetic modification creating high-yield crops, new fertilizers and fertilization methods, and mechanization. Studies have shown that these changes led to many societal improvements, including reductions in hunger, poverty, greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and infant mortality. IoT is now the next wave of innovation for the agriculture industry, and it’s exciting to be part of it.
Smart farming is already reaping benefits, and it has the potential to deliver far more sustainable and productive agricultural production in the future. The data from IoT can help increase production and can make farming processes more streamlined. Here are some of the benefits we’re seeing from introducing IoT to agriculture.
There are many different areas where IoT is being used with smart farming. Here are some of the advancements tech-empowered farmers are using to make a tremendous difference in this industry.
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