Smart farming is a management concept focused on providing the agricultural industry with the infrastructure to leverage advanced technology – including big data, the cloud and the internet of things (IoT) – for tracking, monitoring, automating and analyzing operations.
Smart farming uses agriculture technology (agtech) to improve and optimise agricultural operations, increasing the overall quality and quantity of agricultural products. IoT smart farming technologies in particular can have the greatest impact in enhancing productivity for farmers and growers. IoT sensors and GPS devices are used in smart farming to track and monitor several vital agricultural components:
- Soil Moisture
- Temperature and Humidity
- Water Tank Levels
- Equipment and more
Affordable LPWAN platforms such as Sigfox and LoRa are making smart farming technologies more accessible, giving farmers and agronomists valuable data that helps manage assets, crop rotations, planting plans, fertiliser spread and generally optimising activities to cut costs and improve yields.