The Internet of Things (IoT) in Agriculture: Farmer reduces water costs by 75%



the internet-of-things applies to everyone in different ways as a farmer this is how I incorporate the internet-of-things into agriculture seven years ago we decided to get into agriculture as a part-time business so we studied crops that we could grow on the weekends and decided on avocados five years ago we finally found the perfect property however it needed a lot of work biggest problem with growing avocados in California is obviously our drought avocados need a lot of water I was surprised to discover that there were no commercial systems designed to schedule irrigation based on soil moisture fortunately we had components available through the maker movement and I could build my own this is actually the heart of the irrigation system all of our irrigation water is pumped to the top of the hill up here so that we can mix it in with the fertilizer that's in this batch tank by controlling the valves that we have here we can optimize whether we're running clean water through the irrigation line or actually running fertilizer through our dosatron injector system this is our weather station we'll use this to track the atmospheric conditions on the farm these are the actual soil moisture sensors there's two soil moisture probes planted at different depth so that we can see how much water is available in the rooting zone again these are attached to another radio device for transmitting their data the soil moisture data is sent to a cloud service when the upper sensor dries down to a setpoint it triggers an irrigation cycle the irrigation cycle runs until the lower sensor is saturated thus ensuring that we're pushing the salts and chlorides down below the routing zone the internet-of-things has had a tremendous financial impact on our farm without it I'm not sure I could have saved it by using technology to reduce our water usage by 75% it took less than six months to recoup the investment not only that I know I'm utilizing a precious resource water as efficiently as possible best ensuring sustainability for future generations

2 Comments

  1. Mohammed EL ASHALL said:

    Good work.

    June 27, 2019
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  2. Vandana Harale said:

    Hello, Sir I am Harale Vandana Rangrao. I am studying M.Tech CSE. I will project based on IOT. I would like to this type of project.

    June 27, 2019
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