Sensors: Adding Efficiency to Farm Management
Sensors play a major role in AgTech, and their usage in farming has become widespread in recent years, and in many different forms.
In this report, the ways that ground-based sensors provide comprehensive, precise crop data are delved into, such as plant/soil metrics, animal monitoring, and weather forecasting.
Ground Based Sensors
- Crop health monitoring
- Irrigation management
- Soil health management
- Pest management
- Animal health
- Herd location
- Weather forecasting
- Moisture sensing
According to CB Insights, aerial imaging is more advanced than ever before.
- Drones can fly at low speeds and altitude to capture crop data. Startups have focused on developing sensors for drone platforms, rather than the drones themselves.
- Advances in LIDAR and remote sensing have improved fixed wing aerial imaging. Traditional aircraft can cover greater distances at higher speeds.
- Satellites can cover huge areas in one image. Hyperspectral imaging has improved the granularity of satellite imaging.
Additionally, equipment-based sensors are being used to collect agronomic, and machine performance data. All-in-all, the different forms of sensors are playing a key role in helping farmers make important business decisions from a large scale, down to the plant level.