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.

The three main forms of sensors in AgTech are ground-based, aerial imaging, and machine-based. They are all explored in detail in the AgTech and the Connected Farm report by CB Insights.

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

Plant/Soil Metrics

  • Crop health monitoring
  • Irrigation management
  • Soil health management
  • Pest management

Animal Monitoring

  • Animal health
  • Fertility
  • Herd location

Weather Forecasting

  • Weather forecasting
  • Moisture sensing

Aerial Imaging

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.