Though originally a traditional and conventional sector of the economy, the agriculture industry has been moving along with tides of technological advancements. Now more than ever, the industry is seeing changes through innovations and developments like never before.
What, then, does this mean for the future of agriculture, and what should we expect from these tech-adaptations?
What Is IoT Technology?
Let’s start with IoT technology, a term you may have already come across a dozen times before. But what about in the context of agribusiness? IoT is an acronym for the phrase “Internet of Things”. It talks of how regular processes are sped up and enhanced through networking systems via internet connectivity and data transferring across devices.
UIDs or Unique Identifiers are the lock and key which permits these transfers even without the mediation of human operations, whether that be human to human, or to computers. IoT technology is, therefore, autonomous and works independently once it’s put into place.
With regards to agriculture, such examples of the application of IoT technology is through cattle tagging for better monitoring. Another is through rainfall tracking so that farming functions can be adjusted quickly in the event of sudden shifts and spikes in the weather.
Satellites And Agriculture
The other half of the story is that satellite technology has evolved so much so that these wireless inspections and tracing are made possible in a much more efficient manner. When manual tracking used to be the backbone of farming, horticulture, herding, and ranching, the work can be done expediently and accurately through satellite technology.
Manual labour and reliance solely on manpower is lessened so that productivity is increased tenfold. Quicker workarounds for detected challenges can be easily implemented with little to no negative impact to the current conditions of farmland. The positive impacts of these technologies belong on a long, long list.
There are, however, setbacks here. Just like any other change in any other industry, IoT and satellite technology is still growing. Issues such as poor network connectivity, something as simple as this, doesn’t exactly have “simple” repercussions as it will instantly impede or delay the workings of agricultural processes.
Then again, there’s room to expand and advance IoT and satellite technology so that these problems are lessened and solutions are put in place of them. The problems these technologies face today may be eradicated through further technological evolutions tomorrow.
From weather and climate conditions, soil quality, to farming and livestock management, the impacts of IoT and satellite technology are too significant and too vital to the agriculture industry’s progression.
These advancements were once attainable only by large commercial conglomerates yet are now reaching even small family farms and businesses. It has become that much more accessible in such a short span of time. Can you just imagine what other gains it will offer this sector of the economy?
Should we take the plunge and dive right into now? This will be up to you.