Smart sensors in Agriculture

Sensors are devices that convert a change in stimuli into a signal. The signal is then recorded and then used accordingly. Sensor technology has been at the forefront of revolutionising a lot of industries. Sensors have a great potential to disrupt the old farming practices in a good way. Here are a few different types of sensors that are used actively by modern farmers in developed nations:

Soil sensors

It is a known fact that to have a great crop you need to have soil with great quality. Farmers across the world are using the sensors to understand the level of nutrients, moisture, and need of fertilizers to be given to the soil. The exact information helps in the reduction of waste and is environmentally friendly. Areas in a particular land can be targeted to increase the production levels as well. Sensor technology is also used to determine pH, soil electrical conductivity, organic matter content, ground elevation etc.

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Crop Health Sensors

Optical sensing technologies such as CropSpec, GreenSeeker, Opt-Rx etc are used to determine the crop health. These systems measure the light reflectance that translates into crop levels.

Livestock biometrics

Livestock rearing is an important part of agriculture. A lot of farmers are dependent more on livestock rearing then farming. Collars with GPS, RFID and biometrics can easily provide vital information such as health in real time.

Satellite imaging

Space agencies such as NASA and ISRO are playing an important role in imaging of the croplands. Imaging an area provide vital information about the farmers. Satellites are also used to especially predict the weather conditions of the area, which is very vital information for a farmer.

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It is very safe to say that those days are gone when farmers had to be dependent entirely upon the nature for a good crop. Modern farming riding  on the back of the technology can take production levels to astronomical levels.


1 comment

  1. Yogendra yadav says:

    Please Provide information regarding the use of after harvesting that it can benifit the farmers as well as to minimize the losses during harvesting..



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