The potential for IoT in agriculture is beyond extreme. According to a Cisco report, there is an estimated $14.4 trillion in value at stake with the emergence of IoT. Sensors prove incredibly useful to agronomists across the world. And one of the biggest ways growers are streaming and simplifying the collection, inspection, and distribution of data is the utilization of sensors on equipment and materials.
Sensors placed strategically around fields enable growers to view their crops from anywhere in the world, in real-time. Based on the data, agronomists can make recommendations, and growers can make changes accordingly. In some cases, hourly data used to achieve precise soil moisture health reduces water usage of up to 30%.
“Ground-based sensor-based systems are more insightful and cost-effective for focusing solely on monitoring soil under crops and animal behavior,” says Harriet Sumnall, a Research Analyst at ABI. “This is exactly the information that farmers need to map out their plan of action to secure the optimum yield.”