The IoT in crop production
Growing profits and crops, minimizing risks and maximizing output.
As a launch platform for farmers seeking to boost productivity and efficiency, the IoT can also help food companies step up production in a sustainable way. Agriculture is all about managing environmental conditions. And maximizing yields and quality is all about making informed decisions and capitalizing on value networks.
The need for greater efficiency presents challenges that farmers can better tackle with reliable answers to real-world questions about:
- Disease prediction
- Plant protection
The ticket to sustainable, resource-sparing crop production
Agriculture affects everyone’s lives. Yet the average amount of arable land available per capita is shrinking as the world’s population grows. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that farmers’ yields will have to increase around 50 percent by 2050 to feed the world. Growers need innovative solutions to protect crops and more advanced agricultural technology to boost efficiency to that level. Bosch.IO is developing IoT solutions for all stakeholders in the agricultural value network with that lofty goal in mind.
IoT solutions and use cases for crop production
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Weather, nutrients, exposure to diseases – agriculture is all about managing these and many other environmental factors. Farmers have been left to their own devices in the past, their decisions mainly guided by experience and intuition.
Today, sensors deployed out in the field can provide a different, more objective perspective on the situation. Data sourced via the IoT can be a very valuable asset, particularly when smart software enriches it with insights and forecasts gleaned from other sources. Then farmers can base their decisions on straightforward recommendations.
Endowed with artificial intelligence and supported by machine learning, this software consolidates data from various sources. Growers share their feedback to validate lessons learned, improve the underlying algorithms, and produce even better forecasts and recommendations.
Connected Agriculture Services provide a common cloud backend for IoT-enabled solutions. These are our building blocks for services that help farmers make informed decisions based on how their plants are doing out there in the real world. A key element of this solution is a multilayered data model that archives data from multiple sources – sensors out in the field, weather forecasts, geo-referenced satellite images, and soil data maps.
This database can serve to create a digital twin of the field that enables farmers to gain deeper insights into how their plants are faring and take appropriate actions.