IoT, Smart Farming, And the Future of Horticulture

 

As technology continues to expand into more aspects of everyday life, there is scarcely an industry that hasn’t been positively impacted. Horticulture and farming have benefited greatly from the smart tech revolution and the future is looking brighter by the day.

 

From the invention of the cotton gin to the advent of greenhouses; horticulture has evolved greatly through the years. As IoT and smart tech continue to advance, the way we farm and the technology we use is poised for massive change.

 

Yield Monitoring

The technology has been around for a while, however smart solutions are making yield monitoring more efficient. Growers can now implement zonal management rather than broad based monitoring. This means rather than managing uniformly, specific blocks of crops can be managed uniquely.

With this technology, growers can boost per-acre yield and maximize the efficiency of their crops.

 

Irrigation Precision

Need to water your crops with pinpoint accuracy? All you need is a smartphone. Well, that and a sophisticated drip tape system. Smart irrigation technology is enabling growers to manage their water more efficiently. Check rates, start and stop fertilizer, increase or decrease water output and more. Boost yield, reduce water waste, and more.

 

Field View Pro

In a world of Bluetooth, horticulture and farming would not miss the bus. Real-time field data through systems like Climate’s Field View Pro will change the world of farming. These cloud-based systems include the use of sensors, that measure soil moisture, humidity, temperature, and more.

Using these systems, growers can make more informed decisions regarding irrigation harvesting, and other crucial points.

 

Drone Technology

While drones are used for everything from recreation to police and military applications, there is fertile ground to use drones for agriculture. A more accurate way of putting it might be that perhaps there’s fertile ground BECAUSE of drone technology.

Precision flight-planning software enables drone technology to fly along specific paths to map, fertilize, or even irrigate crops. This technology is creating a more precision-based approach to fertilization and reduces waste while maximizing efficiency.

 

Underground Agriculture

With space at a premium, more growers are turning indoors and underground. Advancements in LED and greenhouse technology are enabling plants of all varieties to be cultivated quickly, efficiently, and without reliance on the external environment.

Specialized LED lighting solutions mimic real-world optimal conditions and optimize the photosynthesis process to boost growth. The indoor/underground approach also makes avid use of hydroponic farming; particularly useful in environments were arable soil is rare.

The technology is currently being utilized in the middle east as well as parts of Asia where either space is at a premium or outdoor conditions are less than ideal.

 

What’s Next For Smart Horticulture?

Technology is changing the way we think of farming and agriculture. With new and exciting advancements come new opportunities for growth (pun intended!). From smart lighting solutions to cloud-based software systems; the next 10 years of horticulture are sure to be marked by smart tech innovation.