IoT is transforming the way farmers collect data on their crops, livestock and machinery – and it’s enabling them to make more informed decisions about the future. This is having a significant impact on agricultural efficiencies and yields, and giving farmers more control and visibility of their business.
Farmers have expensive equipment, livestock and crops they need to protect from damage and theft. IoT-enabled visual surveillance systems can be deployed in remote areas without the need for a power source, informing farmers of suspicious activity with real-time alerts.
When harvesting equipment is out of action due to a fault or theft, the consequences can be disastrous. IoT sensors and telematics devices can monitor and track its location and send notifications to the farm owner if it leaves a pre-defined area.
IoT sensors can be used in a variety of ways to help keep livestock healthy and increase meat and dairy yields. Sensors can collect data to help improve nutrition levels and devices can monitor animals’ movements to increase the success of calving.
A heavy storm or prolonged drought can take its toll on a farm’s crop yield for years to come. IoT can help farmers make informed decisions for future crops by collecting data on key factors such as extreme weather and soil conditions.
Moocall for Calving
Calving is a stressful time for farmers, and mortality rates are high. Moocall has developed a remote monitoring IoT device for pregnant cows to tackle this issue. The sensor detects when a cow is close to labour and alerts the farmer.
Measuring Crop Data
IoT sensors enable farmers to measure soil conditions such as moisture, pH levels and temperature. With NB-IoT, they can do that at scale, with sensors as far away as 10km from each other. And as the batteries have a 10 year life, they don’t need to be constantly renewed.
With GPS and IoT technology farmers can track vehicles and plant seeds with incredible precision – improving yields. And the future of self-driving tractors will mean farmers could raise a crop from seed to harvest without touching it.