The Internet of Things (IoT), sometimes referred to as the Internet of Objects represents the next evolution of the Internet, taking a huge leap in its ability to gather, analyze, and distribute data that we can turn into information, knowledge, and, ultimately, wisdom. In this context, IoT will become immensely important in Irrigation Industry as the more data is created, the more knowledge and wisdom rural water business can obtain. (Dave Evans, 2011)
In the coming years, Irrigation Business will adopt advanced ITC technologies to maximize the benefits of the growth in data coming from new and cheaper sensors and telemetry such as remote bore meter reading, automated customer offtakes, river and storage level sensors, soil moisture sensors and aerial image drones and from increasing online sources from government authorities like water license details, trading or meteorology.
IoT will improve farm irrigation management through a wide range of leading edge solutions such as:
CropX is bringing a powerful combination of soil sensor and cloud-based data analytics that is affordable and easy-to-use for farmers, to improve crop water management practices by increasing crop yields while simultaneously cutting water usage.
Also, adequate water supply is critical for agriculture as the crops can be damaged, in either of situation of excess of water supply or in shortage of water supply.
Friendly website allows farmers to check field soil moisture levels and adjust irrigation schedules ever before they left the house in the morning.
“By using Cropx we’ve been able to cut water usage from 12-14 inches down to 9 inches of water.”
Tyson Reynolds, Farm Manager, Mull Farms, KS, USA
Learn more about “Cropx” solution at www.cropx.com
With a drone or UAV farmers can capture highly accurate images of their fields, covering up to hundreds of hectares/acres in a single flight at a far greater resolution than satellite imagery provides, even when there is cloud cover.
These images are processed and transformed into one large ‘orthomosaic’ image providing high resolution spatial information related to dynamic agricultural processes like plantation growth, harvesting, crop yield, fertilization needs and pest monitoring which are paramount to boosting yields, cutting costs, and driving irrigation business forward.
“The eBee Ag is our main tool for precision agriculture. It is remarkable at identifying issues within crops before problems become too severe, and, when the drone’s results are coupled with targeted soil testing, exceptionally accurate prescriptions can be made.”
James O’Neill, Director, Signpost Surveys, Ireland
Learn more about eBee Ag at https://www.sensefly.com/drones/ebee-ag.html