The increase in the global population is a big threat to the worlds food producers as they now have to buck up the production of crops by 70% in the next 30 years. The main concern for the food producers nowadays are that how does the production will increase with the same amount of land. The simple solution for this issue is that one needs to increase the yielding of crops. The scientists, engineers, and farmers are working hard from last two centuries for increasing the production of food in order to fulfill the food needs of the increasing population. To further boost the crop yielding, Agribusiness has decided to make use of IoT (Internet of things).
Sakata Seed America is a company working for the production of a variety of vegetable seeds used by the farmers. This company along with Industrial Internet Consortium and Infosys will fulfill the first phase of precision crop management test bed.
As per the reports by Sakata America’s Director of IT, Monty McCoy for increasing the beet seed production by approx 34% or to increase the production from 450 grams to 525 grams of seeds per plant in its test project, the company has taken the help of an analytics platform, data integration, and drone imagery as well as in-ground sensors.
McCoy also stated that the sensors of the Sakata’s provides the data on electrical conductivity, temperature, and moisture which further helps in measuring nutrients fertility which is available for the plant. The big data collected by the sensors is mixed and compared with visual data which is provided by the agronomists who are walking around the fields or from drones which are flying above the fields.
Also in order to increase the crop yield, the project technicians come to know before time if any part of the crop requires some attention in any way such as some adjustments are required to make it more fertile or if other treatments are required.
The greatest profit achieved by the Sakata is the data platform which is developed in integration with Infosys stated McCoy. This system also helps the company to unlock the data which was captivated in the system of Enterprise Resource Planning. Also in order to build an overall effective production process, the company has already started using this data in order to analyze field data.
The sensor data which is received by the drones or satellites is now helping farmers to find new methods to measure the plant’s health. All this will result in new partnerships and investments in the era of smart agriculture.
Last month, a partnership was also announced by Microsoft with DJI drone maker to allow its drones to gain NDVI data in order to make colored pictures showing the health of the fields. Ceres Imaging, another firm led by Romulus Capital and Insight Venture Partners in the same area closed funding of $25 million in a new round of funding.
McCoy says that this is only the beginning of the IoT developments efforts done by Sakata. In order to develop more appropriate and better analytics dashboards, the company has passed many iterations of the data platform.